The Company of Master Jewellers  (CMJ) has made steps to ensure the mental wellbeing of its staff, beginning with a mental health awareness course for all of its employees.

The five-hour training course by StoneHawk, in association with Darwin Training Solutions, was undertaken last week.

It taught attendees about mental health and how to identify and support those that have mental health issues.


Additionally, it covers typical signs that a person with poor mental health may show, information on how to support those with mental health issues, both inside and outside of work, as well as ways to challenge stigma.

The company also intends to train two members of staff to become mental health first aiders for the business.

It said that the issue is of particular significance at the moment, as lockdown may caused new problems for people or worsened existing ones.

Emmet Cummins, managing director of the CMJ, said: “The statistics on mental health are staggering and it needs to be addressed. The fact it is often an invisible condition makes it harder to address but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a responsibility to find a way.

“The CMJ has started its journey, not just for the benefit of those working within the organisation today, but so that we establish a culture that ensures it is instilled for those that will come through and manage and lead this business in the future.

“We have taken that first step with the support of Darwin Training Solutions. Dan has helped arm us with the tools we need to not only understand our own mental health and how to improve it, but also how to identify it in others and support them as a result.

“Dan’s first-hand experience and in-depth knowledge is the perfect combination of theory and reality and we plan to work with him moving forward as we seek to establish the right culture within the CMJ. We feel we are in good hands to achieve this.”