View from the Chamber – 09.05.19

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Businesses are becoming increasingly aware that personal issues don’t just stop at the office door but can have a real impact on working life.

Mental health issues can be a major contributing factor in staff absences and problems at work. It is to everyone’s benefit that mental health is increasingly acknowledged as a health issue like any other.

Another key issue that is seldom discussed openly in relation to work and business is alcohol and drug use.

How do you approach the subject sensitively if you think one of your co-workers may have a problem? How do you make sure that you understand the issues around drug use and how drug or alcohol use might affect staff in their working life?

Individual businesses will have their own approach and policies, but many of us need more understanding of the basic issues around drug and alcohol

As part of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s role to provide information and training on key topics that affect business, we’d like to invite members of the local business community to join us at a basic drug and alcohol awareness training day.

The training will be led by Sharon Holloway, development manager at Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, and we will also be joined by PC Katy Duncan from Police Scotland, who will give us a short introduction to the local situation and what support the police offer.

By the end of the training participants will be confident that they know more about:
 how stigma can impact upon substance use;
 different drug types and their effects;
 what is meant by prevention and harm reduction;
 tools and techniques to use for motivating change;
 Services and resources that are available.

This basic drug and alcohol awareness training day will be held on Thursday June 6, from 9.30am to 4.30pm at The Moorings Hotel in Fort William. See for event details and to book your place.