Health and Wellbeing with West Midlands Trains

Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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Investing in people is something that we hold close to our hearts at West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway as employees are the beating heart of who we are and what we do.

From time to time, health and wellbeing can sometimes be a conversation that we don’t want to talk about, or can’t talk about, but it is something that we MUST talk about.

On 30th August our staff grouped together at Birmingham Snow Hill station to put each other first with a Health and Wellbeing session.

West Midlands Railway at the Health and Wellbeing event

The day was full of positive engagement amongst West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern colleagues, talking about the importance of health and wellbeing, equality, diversity, inclusion, mental health and suicide prevention. Prostate cancer screening tests were also carried out to outline the importance of self-checks.

Richard Godwin from the Samaritans shared his knowledge on suicide prevention strategies, Chris Culleton, Senior Performance Manager and Head of the Mental Health Steering Group at West Midlands Trains, was imparting his wisdom regarding mental health coping techniques, and Senior HR Business Partner at West Midlands Trains, Apeksha Naik, was there to give advice about equality, diversity, inclusion, health and wellbeing.

West Midlands Trains Driver Manager, Gary Phillips, commented, "People come in and out of your life to teach you a lesson; whether it's physical, mental or spiritual. My mission in life is to help people leave better and happier after I meet them".

Blood testing at the Health and Wellbeing event

It was amazing to see 90 people attend the event, and out of that, 51 men were screened for Prostate Cancer! We say, let’s keep this momentum going as we look on to more successful Health and Wellbeing workshops in the future… and remember, they are not conversations you need to keep under lock and key. There’s always someone to talk to.