Talk More is an initiative within traffic management and highways that was created in 2017 after some of the senior leadership team attended a mental health first aid training course. It aims to reduce the stigma of mental health problems, and those affected by them, and to encourage more open conversations around mental health and wellbeing, leading to actionable changes across the industry.
“Talk More is about starting the conversation and letting employees know that mental health is not a taboo topic. As a business we should want to support their mental health and it is mutually beneficial for both employees and the business to normalise conversations surrounding mental health and wellbeing,” said Greg Baldwin, HTM MD.
Having been well-received within the industry, in 2020 HTM’s Talk More campaign was awarded the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Highways Sector’ Award. This further encouraged HTM to take the Talk More initiative further than the HTM business alone and see how this could be used as a force to drive further positive change within the industry and get other businesses to take a closer look at mental health within their own workplace.