Future 50: mental health course goes global for Reuzer
Reuzer, a Norfolk-based e-learning specialist, has partnered with Norfolk and Waveney Mind to produce a course on mental health and wellness that has now been translated into five other languages. Produced for the offshore giant Seadrill, the course was distributed to its 6,000 employees worldwide.
“It’s a great story for us because it just shows you should never give up,” says Reuzer founder Ian Smith. “I contacted Seadrill and did a demo for them. The training manager said the only thing they needed help with was a mental health course – but we weren’t qualified to deliver it. I remember saying: “Leave him with me” … ”
He set out to find a suitable partner and, within a week, was able to return to Seadrill with Norfolk and Waveney Mind on board. This secured the project for Reuzer – and 50% of the course’s income now goes to the mental health charity.
“Poor mental health is now the number one reason for employee absence. In many workplaces, mental health is the elephant in the room and now more than ever we are encouraging all employers to take action and show that employee well-being matters. The e-learning collaboration with Reuzer and Seadrill has been a great example of using innovation to expand our reach and spread the message even further. Says Ashley Bunn from Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Reuzer and Mind as highly professional units on this important project,” said Dr Robina McCann Bickley, Medical Director of Seadrill. “Offshore and onshore shift workers faced significant additional challenges during the pandemic, in addition to the high demand nature of their standard roles. “
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“We were keen to differentiate what we do at Reuzer and offer options other than standard HSE content,” said Smith. It’s an approach that has seen the customer base grow rapidly, with loyal customers from everyone. “This is the best return you can get,” concludes Smith.