After meeting with representatives from Brothers in Arms, a male suicide awareness and support group, Mark wrote to the CEO at Oil & UK to make her aware of the organisation and urging the organisation to encourage companies to consider raising awareness around male suicide and support.
In her response, Deirdre Michie has confirmed that Oil and Gas UK have included mental health awareness and information on resources available on the agendas of both their Employment and Skills Forum and their Occupational Health Network, where they will be inviting speakers from organisations such as Choose Life and the NHS.
The CEO thanked Mark for bringing Brothers in Arms to their attention, and has also stated that she will be raising awareness of the organisation with their members in any mental health discussions they have, as well as with the diversity and inclusion network which is being established.
Commenting, Mark said:
“I first met with Brothers in Arms when they visited Parliament last month. We spent some time discussing the issue of male suicide and how to encourage men to talk more openly about their mental health.
“When I heard about the new app that the organisation had developed, which provides support and advice to men who are battling with their mental health and aims to reassure them that they are not alone.
“Given the organisation’s particular concern for those on oil rigs, I thought it would be beneficial to make Deirdre Michie, CEO at Oil and Gas UK, aware of Brothers in Arms, their app and the support they can offer. I was pleased to hear of the importance Oil and Gas UK will be placing on mental health awareness at their upcoming events and hope that this joint-working will benefit those who would have previously suffered in silence.”
Commenting, Dan Proverbs, founder of Brothers in Arms, said:
“I met with Mark when we visited the Scottish Parliament where we discussed the support available to males in Scotland who are struggling with their mental health, in an effort to prevent suicide. We know that suicide is the single largest killer of men in the United Kingdom, and it is important that we do everything we can to tackle this, which is particularly necessary in the most remote areas of the country.
“We developed an app to target those who would otherwise be difficult to reach, in a confidential way where they will not feel judged. Mark recognised that this app would be beneficial for men working in isolation, especially in the Oil and Gas industry, and the importance of reducing any additional barriers to men dealing with their mental health.
“I am thrilled to hear of the necessary importance the Oil and Gas industry will be placing on mental health in the work place.”