Spotting the Signs of Mental Illness | Safety Matters

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     MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS | 3 MIN READ

  • We take a look at how Morson is educating the business on spotting the signs and symptoms of mental illness 

  • We hear from Russell Kimble, mental health first aider and Night Operations Manager/HSQE Adviser at Morson International, as he discusses his own experience with mental illness 

  • Read the latest mental health stats, published in the Winter edition of Safety Matters 

 

If we are to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and support our staff, including our contractors, in coming forward to talk about their own issues, then we must first understand how to spot the signs and symptoms.

In addition to counselling services, stress management and support managing workplace pressures and workloads, we are training an increasing amount of staff across the Group in becoming ‘mental health first aiders’, with the aim of having multiple trained operatives located across each of our key regions over the coming months.

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The programme and its wider rollout is being led by mental health first aider and night operations manager/HSQE adviser at Morson International, Russell Kimble. He explains: “This programme establishes first aiders as touch points for anyone struggling and in need of support so that we can manage mental health in every corner of what we do. “The training equips our mental health first aiders with the knowledge to recognise subtle changes in behaviour and the skills and confidence to approach individuals, intervene and listen, and then signpost them towards appropriate support because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to mental health.

“I’ve been through my own struggles with mental illness after an abscess turned into me being rushed into intensive care and put in an induced coma for more than three weeks after contracting necrotising fasciitis; a flesh-eating disease that kills off the body’s soft tissue. After dozens of operations and months spent in hospital, I struggled with my own deteriorating mental health once I returned home.”

“I don’t know if I’ll ever fully come to terms with what I’ve been through, but if we as mental health first aiders help even just one person within the business, then we’ve succeeded.”

If you’re struggling with a mental health issue and would like to speak to someone and seek support, you can contact the Samaritans’ free helpline number 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 116 123.


Morson has released a mental health whitepaper which includes more insights from our contractor survey supported by powerful personal stories of our own employees and ex-Morson sponsored boxer Ricky Hatton. Click below to download.mental health awareness


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Project Coordinator

Morson International are working with a global consultancy who are looking for a Project Coordinator to join their team in Strasbourg. This is an 11 months contract. CV submission deadline COB Tuesday 26 January 2021. No UK Nationals. Needs to obtain one of the below certifications Licence Management certifications: - CAMP: Certified Asset Management Professional (https://iaitam.org/camp/) - CSAM: Certified Software Asset Manager (https://iaitam.org/csam/) - CITAM: Certified IT Asset Manager (https://iaitam.org/citam/) Ideally, the certification shall be provided by IAITAM. Tasks: - Act as a trustworthy advisor to the Contracting Authority and reporting to the Project Manager, by making a feasible project plan that achieves the goals and objectives of the project and aligns with the organization's overall business strategy - Maintain overall responsibility for the execution of the Specific Contract - Manage the design, development and implementation of software systems, including interoperability components, as per user-defined requirements - Define project scope, goals and deliverables and prepare and maintain project and quality plans and track activities against the plan - Be pro-active to resolve issues from a resource capacity and project deliverables viewpoint - Guide and support the team project activities, review their deliverables, and monitor costs, schedule and resources used of each project and provide timely and accurate project progress reports to all stakeholders - Work in close relationship with the Programme Coordinator to allocate the best possible IT staff to the required roles, as well as with Contractors of other Lots to ensure smooth execution of all activities that involves participation of different Lots' Contractors - Manage the change control procedure gaining agreement for revisions to the project from project sponsors Knowledge and skills: - Minimum 10 - 12 years of experience in the defined area of expertise and minimum 8 year of experience with a Project Management methodology (e.g. PM2, PRINCE2, PMP). - Consultative Project management in the IT software development and quality related areas - Usage of Project Management tools. Willingness to use the Project Management tool as specified by the Contracting Authority - Excellent knowledge of business process management, enterprise architecture and project management standards and methodologies, especially agile/scrum software development methodologies - Ability to build a vision for the future based on his/her knowledge of similar programmes - Capability of working in an international/multi-cultural environment, understanding the needs, objectives and constraints of those in other disciplines and functions - Excellent leadership qualities and ability to chair meetings and to give presentations. If you are interested and would like to find out more, apply now and we will be in touch shortly. Alternatively, contact Paul from Morson for more information.

Principal Systems Engineer

Our client are seeking Systems Engineers to work on their Maritime Submarines programmes in Frimley Surrey.Working on one of a variety of our programmes and projects, helping to design, develop, integrate, manage and support complex systems and combat sub-systems for in service and future submarines. Working with other technical specialists and may manage a team of other engineers to understand and influence the inputs, flow of decisions and dependencies that will impact system design and product delivery.The Systems Engineer will be able to understand and report the programme status for engineering activities in their area of responsibility, be able to identify problem areas and implement recovery plans, helping support the submarines that play a critical role in our nation's defence. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYEssential:Knowledge of the system engineering lifecycle and be able to apply good systems engineering practices to your workUnderstanding of relevant engineering standards, including safety and environmental regulationsMotivated and able to take responsibility for own outputs and be confident working autonomously and in a structured manner.Capable of supervising othersHave strong written and verbal communication skills. Desirable:Use of system analysis and design tools such as Enterprise Architect.Proven ability of working in a customer-facing and/or supplier engagement role.Member of appropriate professional institution; Chartered Engineer or working towards Chartership.

Software Engineer (Digital Test Design)

Our client is seeking a contract Software Engineer to support a Digital Test Design team,The main duty for the successful candidate will be towards the generation of test systems capable of carrying out both proof-of-design and performance tests within a world leading high-tech digital processor product business-line.The digital processors designed are used in several of the most advanced telecommunication payloads currently in orbit, and the ability to test these complex systems relies on a wide understanding of both the RF and digital electronics that constitute the designs.The candidate will be expected to work within product teams to capture design information, discuss and agree procedures for testing at all stages of assembly and ensure all work is sufficiently defined to allow accurate cost and scheduling data to be generated.Main elements of the role are -Software design and debugAutomatic test procedure generationHardware/software integration and debugTest validation and design provingDesign and software control (versioning, documentation, technical reviews)Work efficiently within a dedicated test system design teamSupport of test activities leading to unit delivery KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYVery strong background in software design and implementation, especially in the context of a test applicationFluent in several software languages Python, TCL and C++Proven track-record in a product "design and test" business environmentUnderstanding and practical application of RF test & measurement equipment (including the use of programming interfaces)Very strong background in software/hardware integration and debugCommitment to delivering technical reports as required by the project team. Desirable -Proven ability of working within a product manufacture and test domainKnowledge of digital electronics design and manufacture (schematic capture, PCB, FPGA/ASIC, power architecture)Knowledge of SQL and database applications

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