by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by TMR FILE
PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is safeguarding its employees’ mental health via the Mind-a-Care First Aid programme with the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA).
The Mental Health Training Programme involved Petronas’ existing Designated First Aiders and identify employees with the aim to produce certified Mind-a-Care first aiders equipped with the skills necessary to assist or refer affected colleagues to seek professional assistance through the company’s Employee Assistance Programme called myFriends.
The programme has successfully produced the first batch of certified trainers consisting of 19 employees who have completed the Train the Trainer module on Nov 30, 2021.
Petronas hoped to train 1,000 Mind-a-Care first aiders in the next three years. Its head of group health, safety and environment Yong Sai Chung said the mental awareness programme for staff was very crucial and is the company’s biggest priority in taking care of its staff.
“These past two years have been especially hard for many of us, and it is more critical than ever to empower our people in recognising the signs and symptoms of mental distress, and to be the first aiders who can assist those in need.
“Our employees are our greatest asset, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are safe and healthy, both physically and mentally,” Yong said in a recent statement.
Meanwhile, MPA president Dr Hazli Zakaria (picture) said the partnership enabled them to increase more mental health awareness among Malaysians.
“We are proud and excited to partner with Petronas to develop the first in-house mental health programme in Malaysia and hopefully this initiative will encourage other organisations to do the same,” he said.
Initially, the programme complimented Petronas’ ongoing Generative HSSE Culture, an effort to support the government’s Mental Health Strategic Plan 2019-2025 and the third of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals, which is Good Health and Wellbeing.