New initiative aims to promote mental wellbeing in hire sector

Asif Latief and Paul Gaze

THE hire industry is launching a new initiative to promote mental wellbeing across the sector’s workforce.

Led by Asif Latief, MD of Boels Rental, and Paul Gaze, CEO of Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA), the inaugural #UnitedForMentalStrength event at Boels Depot in Stoke-on-Trent set out a collaborative approach to raise awareness of mental health issues that can lead to a negative impact on an individual’s wellbeing at work.

HAE EHA, Boels and other hire companies committed to #UnitedforMentalStrength have a range of initiatives aimed at promoting wellbeing. The campaign is educating the hire industry to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression before they get out of hand, as well as giving businesses the tools and knowledge to assist employees with recovery.

Participating businesses include: HSS Hire, SHC Hire, Speedy Hire, Mr Plant Hire, Ardent Hire Solutions, One Stop Hire, Adlington Welding Supplies Ltd, Towergate Insurance Brokers, Sunbelt Rentals, Vp Brandon Hire Station, Salford Red Devils Foundation, inspHire, and Garic.

Asif Latief explained, “We all have common goals when it comes to mental strength. #UnitedforMentalStrength is only the start of the crusade to create momentum with further initiatives planned. By working collaboratively, we can make a difference by sharing our activities, our experiences and the challenges we have come up against when dealing with mental health issues.”

Paul Gaze added, “In order to develop mental strength we need to understand mental health. Through being open minded and our willingness to address this issue it will have a long-term impact on our industry, the wider community and society as a whole. Talking about it helps remove any embarrassment or stigma. If we all work together to address this issue, then some real progress will be made.”