Mental Health First Aid Training

The Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions produced a document in March 2017, posing the following question – is workplace mental health and wellbeing at a tipping point?  Public awareness of the importance of good workplace mental health and wellbeing is growing, as is the moral, societal and business case, for improving it.

Despite this, many employers experience a variety of challenges, in creating an environment that supports employee mental health and wellbeing.  There are a number of recent developments that are raising the profile of such important issues.  These include Theresa May`s January 2017 announcement of an independent report to support mental health and the first Workplace Wellbeing Index by the mental health charity, Mind.

In seeking to move simply from an ideal to a reality, employers must prioritise good mental health and place it at the centre of their business.  The average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working and in 2015-2016, work related stress accounted for 37% of all working days lost due to ill-health (Mind).

A mentally healthy workplace, with increased employee focus and involvement are clearly linked.  If we look after an employees` mental well-being, staff morale and loyalty, creativity, productivity and profits will all rise.  Absenteeism and staff turnover will reduce.

A mentally healthy workplace requires employers to think honestly about what helps people to stay well at work, to tackle the root causes of work related mental health problems and provide support for those experiencing difficulties.

Taking all of the above into consideration, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a brilliant way of teaching people how to spot the early signs of a mental health issue.  The MHFA course does NOT teach people to provide a diagnosis or therapy, rather it is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health issue before professional help is obtained.

The aims of MHFA

The aims of MHFA are to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm to themselves or others
  • Provide help t prevent the mental health issue from becoming more serious
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person with a mental health issue

The MHFA programme was created in Australia, in 2000.  The aim was to extend the concept of first aid training, to include mental health issues so that community members were empowered to provide better initial support to people with mental health issues, or in mental health crisis.

An important factor in the MHFA international spread has been the continuing attention to research and evaluation.  All course content is as evidence based as possible and many evaluation studies have been conducted.  A range of studies have shown that MHFA training improves knowledge, reduces stigma, negative attitudes and increases first aid actions towards people with mental health issues.  

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid Training Courses  ​ The courses will run at times to be advised. Refreshments provided throughout the day, but lunch is NOT Cost of the courses is to be advised.   This includes all course materials and is the recommended cost, by Mental...

What you will learn

Everyone who attends an Adult MHFA course will learn to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health issue
  • Feel confident in how to offer and provide initial help to a person experiencing a mental health issue
  • Preserve life where a person may be at risk of harm, to themselves or others
  • Help stop mental ill health from getting worse
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Guide someone towards appropriate treatment and other sources of help
  • Understand the stigma that exists around mental health

 

Be a forward thinking organisation  that puts your staff at the heart of everything you do.  Investing in their mental health and well-being demonstrates your commitment to a happy, healthy and contented workforce.