Mental health resource offered to Our Bury St Edmunds businesses

As Bury St Edmunds town centre prepares to take the first steps out of lockdown, a new mental health resource is being offered to business owners and their staff to help them ahead of re-opening – giving support from the effects of the pandemic.

It follows the announcement that lockdown restrictions could start to be lifted from April 12 for some businesses.

The Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds in partnership with the mental health charity Suffolk Mind has commissioned a 20-minute video presentation, which has been circulated to members of the BID.

It focuses on workplace issues which could affect mental health as lockdown is lifted.

Suffolk Mind’s Chief Executive Jon Neal (pictured above) has put the presentation together and tailored it specifically for the town centre business community.

He said: “We’ve covered all aspects of how the pandemic has affected mental health and this includes helping staff adjust to returning to work and encouraging customers to feel comfortable about returning to the town centre.  Of course we also look at how business owners can remain aware of their own mental health as they strive to get their premises back up and running again.”

The idea of offering mental health support to member businesses came from members of the BID board. Suffolk Mind is also a member of the BID and the organisation promotes partnership working with members for the wider good of the business community where possible.

Chief Executive of Our Bury St Edmunds Mark Cordell added:  “Even though we now have a roadmap out of lockdown, the stress and worry for our businesses has not gone away. Many still don’t know what kind of financial support they will receive until they are allowed to re-open and that alone will cause much anxiety. By working with Suffolk Mind to show our businesses that support is available for their mental wellbeing and that of their staff too will hopefully give them some further positivity as they prepare to re-open.”

For more information about the resources and support available visit www.suffolkmind.org.uk

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