Security guards need more protection, according to the managing director of a security firm.
Abbey Petkar, managing director, Magenta Security Services, has said that the company is increasing its investment in team mental health support.
“Security professionals are, like so many other key workers, on the front line, keeping people safe. They are at risk like others from Covid or indeed other illnesses and even physical attack. Yet they are also emotionally and psychologically at risk,” he said.
"However, we as an industry are doing very little to raise awareness and support our hard-working, under-pressure workforce.”
Petkar added: “Mental health issues affect us all; from the parents struggling to home-school kids, the furloughed workers, the unemployed, the frontline key workers to the kids themselves – the majority of which haven’t seen their friends for months. Statistically speaking, the majority of the security workforce is male and, sadly, very few people realise that young to middle-aged men are amongst the most vulnerable when it comes to suicide risks. We must all do what we can to protect our workforce – not just from the obvious but also the silent dangers.”
Magenta is working closely with its whole workforce to guarantee continuing mental health support for its team, their families and any of the communities they work with.
A key part of that is gathering advice and thoughts from highly respected sources and sharing them through a variety of channels, added the firm.