The Importance of Mental Health First Aid Training

19 October, 2018

Are your staff and line managers Mental Health First Aid trained? Never before has mental health in the workplace been so important, and as the daily pressures on peoples’ wellbeing mount, businesses must adapt to ensure that employees are supported with their resilience.

A recent jointly-published guide by the CIPD and Mind – People Managers’ Guide to Mental Health – states that 43% of employees asked would not feel comfortable disclosing any mental health concerns to their employer, worrying that they would be viewed differently by their boss. These concerns often relate to the most common causes of mental ill health – stress, anxiety and depression. According to the paper, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in a given year, with 1 in 6 people reporting experiencing a problem in a given week. These are alarming figures, especially considering that mental ill health doesn’t necessarily just affect the sufferer; issues like stress, anxiety and depression can also create an adverse affect on personal relationships, which can cause partners, family and friends to suffer as a result.

As such, it’s more crucial than ever for a manager – and even employees – to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health in an employee, and then take action to guide the individual to the right help channels, something the employee may not be able to do on their own. This is where Mental Health First Aid Training comes in.

Mental Health First Aiders have:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, though their employer, the NHS, or a mix

If you or your business are interested in beginning your journey to becoming Mental Health First Aid trained, there’s never been a better time to get started. Here at New Leaf Health we offer the full training course, delivered on-site at your business directly to your staff. At the conclusion of the two day course, attendees will be fully qualified as Mental Health First Aiders, and will receive a certificate and a reference manual to take their skills forward in the workplace.

For more information and to enquire, click here to visit the Mental Health First Aid section of our website.

In the meantime, why not download our free mental health support poster for your workplace, offering contact details for various different advice lines, all supporting mental health issues. Simply click here to download.

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