Attire Bridal - Apr/Mar 2020 (Issue 76)

NEWS & VIEWS The latest happenings in the wonderful world of bridal BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OFFERS LIFE-SAVER SAVINGS We take our hats off to Hitchin- and London- based bridal boutiques Morgan Davies Bridal ( , recently becoming a registered supplier with the Blue Light Card and providing discounts to members of the armed forces, police, NHS and fire service staff. Now nurses and police officers can save hundreds of pounds on their wedding dress after the store signed up with a national scheme. Sam Weston, managing director of Morgan Davies, said: “The Blue Light card is a fantastic scheme to be a part of. Nurses, paramedics, the police – they all do such a great job in the community. Signing up to the card means we are able to give something back – saying a little ‘thank you’ for all their hard work.” Eligible shoppers to either boutiques will be given a 10% discount on all gown orders, excluding dresses that are already in the sale. The Blue Light Card was launched in 2008 to offer discounts to those working in the NHS, emergency services and armed forces, with discounts online and in store. Find out more at Sam Weston, centre, with the Morgan Davies Bridal team SUPPORT YOUR STAFF’S MENTAL HEALTH Businesses have a vital role to play in signposting employees to emotional support services, says Mel Joseph, founder of the workplace mental health organisation, Mente. “Signposting simply means informing people about where they can access more information and help from,” says Mel. “Alongside treatments recommended by the NHS for mental health problems, there’s a wealth of further support services, such as helplines, chatrooms and educational websites. Signposting is just directing someone to the services that are available to them.” Previous research has found that 68% of people are unaware of what support services are available to them, and 81% report that the negative stigma around mental health problems delays or stops them seeking support. What’s more, because UK employees spend so much time at work, the workplace is a central place where signposting can occur. “Britons work some of the longest hours in Europe, so the workplace is a key place where you can spot if people are struggling, and signpost them to the right support. If businesses don’t act supportively, they can see high absence levels as a result of poor mental health and stress.” Mente have recently launched a new stress risk assessment tool, which helps businesses to manage stress compliantly and effectively. Writing down and storing a risk assessment for stress is a legal requirement for companies with more than five employees, and Mente urge businesses to check their stress risk assessments are up-to-date and thorough. Find out more at 16