The UK’s nuclear energy sector has joined a global effort to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has created a powerful video for the “This is Me” campaign which challenges stigma around mental health at work.
It features a range of workers in the industry who suffer from issues including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, who describe their experiences.
Among them are the strategy and technology director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, an accounts assistant, a health and safety manager and two engineers who work at the Sellafield nuclear site.
It is aimed at breaking the “culture of silence” by supporting people to tell their own stories.
Adrian Simper, NDA’s Director of Strategy and Technology, said:“As the NDA’s executive sponsor for mental health, my job is to help us change the way we think about mental health, to make it as important as physical wellbeing.
“Mental Health Awareness Week marks the start of a step change for the NDA. In this video, we’ve teamed up with the rest of the Group to show that all kinds of people suffer from mental health problems and that it is ok to talk about it.
Sellafield Ltd’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead Alan Rankin, said:”This is Me is a fantastic campaign and we are proud to be getting involved with some of the biggest companies in the North West region. We are keen to end the stigma associated with mental health and to let people know that it is okay not to be okay.
“The first step towards improving your mental health is often having a conversation, so we want our staff to know that it’s okay to talk about their mental health.”