meet our mental health first aiders: kestutis and giedre

posted on March 2021 by gap personnel group

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Take a look at how our new Mental Health First Aiders are finding the mental challenges of lockdown.

 
 

Kestutis Juodis – Area Account Manager

 

Who are you, what do you do within gap?

I’m an Area Account Manager for gap east, currently looking after a team of nine and supplying around 400 workers daily.

 

Who are you outside of work?

I play computer games in my spare time and I started learning aggressive inline skating a few years back.

 

Why did you want to become a Mental Health First Aider and what has your experience of lockdown been like?

I wanted to learn more about mental health in general and to understand the issues around it. Lockdown has been extremely stressful. However, onsites were running as normal, so outside of Covid and restrictions, it was pretty much business as usual.

 

What have you done to support your wellbeing? Do you have any tips or hints you have implemented either personally or within the team to support wellbeing?

Getting out of the house daily certainly helped. I'd suggest a team event (5k, obstacle run or something similar) once the lockdown restrictions are eased, but will for sure look at doing more in the meantime.

 

 

Giedre Buinickiene – Payroll and Accounts Manager

 
 

Who are you outside of work?

Outside of work I am a wife and mum. I love fitness, travelling, skiing, gardening, good food and keeping positive all the time!

 

Why did you want to become a Mental Health First Aider?

My Director offered me these courses and I thought that it’s a very interesting role. The courses were really good and I am glad I said yes.

 

What has your experience of lockdown been like, how have you found it?

The first lockdown was a bit scary from the beginning, because we all didn’t know what was going on and how to cope with it. Me and my husband did a lot of DIY projects at home and converted our garage into a gym and this was our main thing to lift our wellbeing! The hardest part of the lockdown was that we were not able to travel and see our family abroad.

 

What have you done to support your wellbeing that has helped?

I didn’t struggle much as I was very busy with work, and having my son and husband around every day was a blast! I did start exercising more and this definitely helped me on a hard days!  

 

When you haven’t struggled during lockdown, what do you think the reason has been for that?

Exercise and positive thinking helped me through lockdown.

 

Do you have any tips or hints you have implemented either personally or within the team to support wellbeing?

Start the day with a positive mind, say hello to everyone!