An awards scheme which aims to find the most talented tradespeople in the north-east has announced its charity partner for this year.
Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) has been chosen as benefactor of the awards ceremony. The charity provides support, counselling and advice to adults, young people and children affected by challenges related to mental health and wellbeing .
Mike Wilson, managing director at Mearns and Gill which is organising the event, said: “It is a privilege for us to be able to support Mental Health Aberdeen as this year’s charity partner for the Trades Awards.
“We researched the charity before making the initial approach for 2018, and so had some awareness of the services they offer the region.
“However, we had underestimated the size and reach of their services, with more then 150 staff and volunteers running their projects in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and offering vital care, advice and support to people of all ages who are affected by mental ill-health.
“Each year, we are blown away by the generosity of our Trades Awards guests, who have collectively raised more than £15,000 for various charities across the past five years, and we will be putting all of our efforts into raising as much money and awareness as possible for Mental Health Aberdeen during this year’s ceremony on Friday.”
MHA was formed in 1950, making it one of the oldest charities working with people experiencing mental health difficulties.
It regularly organises “lunch and learns” for companies, where it talks to employees about the importance of mental health, looking for changes in employee behaviour and encouraging people to talk about how they are feeling.
Astrid Whyte, chief executive of Mental Health Aberdeen, said the Trades Awards evening is a “superb opportunity to reach out to so many people within the construction industry”.
She added: “It can be hard to reach people in certain industries, as it may be regarded as weak to be asking for help – but this ‘taboo’ is slowly decreasing and we find with every year the uptake of counselling from all sectors of industry and employment is growing.
“I am truly excited to be meeting so many marvellous north-east companies and bet they can’t wait to hear the outcome for themselves.”
Winners are set to be announced at a ceremony at Ardoe House tonight.