Iain Queen, Section Manager at our Leith store, shares his Wellbeing Commitment alongside his story on how opening up has helped him through difficult times.
“I recently went through a really difficult time, my brother passed away through suicide and it turned my world upside down.
“I was working in Livingston store at the time, and the support they gave me was unbelievable – it is part of what helped me through. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard - especially my first Christmas without my little brother. I had a few wobbles along the way, and I found a quick five minute walk outside the building always helped clear my head when this happened.
“I decided I needed something positive to focus on and for me, this was working towards being section manager. As part of this, I focussed on my wellbeing and I realised by doing this I could better support my team.
“I did this in a number of way; I’ve started reading more about wellbeing, and the book I’m reading at the moment is The Miracle Morning – it’s been a huge help so far, as I’m a terrible morning person!! I’m also making sure I get more exercise, either out on my bike or at the gym when I’m able, which definitely helps. And I don’t shy away from the fact that I am on sertaline for depression, and propanol for anxiety - I have been for about a year now and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
“I’ve had more tough times along the way, as my wedding was postponed due to COVID and then my fiancé called it off, so for the second year in a row, I’ve had some difficult weeks running up to Christmas. But what the last year taught me - is that by opening up and talking about it, you can get the support that you need. The whole team at Leith, as well as friends and family, have been fantastic and it’s really helped me get through tough times.”
If you or your family need support there is help available. Here are some support services that you and your family can use:
Colleague Assistance Programme - 0800 316 9337, 24/7 helpline for colleagues, their families and for line managers supporting colleagues who need support with emotional, financial and family matters. Don’t fancy calling? – no problem, just download the Health e-hub from your app store to access resources. Login: worklife, password: worklife
GroceryAid - 08088 021 122, 24/7 helpline for colleagues, their families and dependents for emotional, practical and financial advice.
Samaritans – 116 123 24/7 support for anyone in crisis. Their webpage also provides guidance if you're supporting somebody in crisis.
Find out more about these services and many more on Your Wellbeing page on WalmartOne.