London Luton Airport’s (LLA) approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across its workforce has been recognised by the Airport Operators Association (AOA), a trade body that represents the interests of UK airports.

LLA’s Health and Safety team received the ‘Best Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing (for a large airport)’ award at the AOA’s 2023 Operations and Safety Awards.

The judges commended LLA for its health, safety and wellbeing strategy that includes a wide-ranging programme of initiatives and activities to support mental health awareness and improved wellbeing across the airport.

Initiatives include the launch of a wellbeing awareness plan, the increased use of mental health first aiders and the roll-out of several psychological safety initiatives.

The airport has also provided wellbeing conversation and stress risk assessment training to managers.

Emma Meenan, head of health and safety at LLA, said: “Having good mental health is essential to our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing, affecting our ability to manage stress, relate to others and make healthy choices.

“This recognition from the AOA is testament to the fantastic work that our team has delivered to raise awareness and encourage open discussion around this hugely important area.

“We have worked closely with teams across the airport to deliver initiatives that are playing an important role in creating an open, honest and proactive wellbeing culture across the airport.”

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