“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– World Health Organisation
Our belief is that you can’t afford not to look after mental health – both yours and those around you.
Why consider mental health?
One in four people will experience a mental health issue in any given year, and one in five people take a day off due to stress, yet up to 90% feel unable to be honest about the reason. It is estimated that 70 million working days are lost every year because of mental ill health.
What are the benefits of mental health training?
• Encourage people to access support early when needed, for a faster recovery.
• Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work.
• Give people tools to understand more about how to keep themselves healthy and support each other
• Build employee’ confidence to have open conversations on mental health and break the stigma.
• Embed a long term positive culture across the whole organisation, where employees recognise
their mental and physical health are supported as equal parts of the whole person.
• Allow people to thrive and become more productive.
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which trains MHFAiders to be the mental health equivalent of physical first aiders. The courses are written by experts, grounded in research and tested by people with lived experience of mental ill health. MHFA England’s mission is to increase mental health awareness literacy and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health. There’s now 2.6+ million people trained in MHFA skills worldwide.
What is the role of a MHFAider?
• Use a 5 step action plan to provide MHFA to someone experiencing a mental health issue/crisis
• Listen non-judgementally and hold supportive conversations using the MHFA action plan
• Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
• Understand the important factors affecting mental ill health.
• Signpost people to professional help.
What is the expertise of a MHFAider?
A MHFAider is not a counsellor or a therapist and will not provide a diagnosis. They are also not experts in mental health (in the same way that a physical first aider isn’t expected to have the expertise of a doctor). Instead they are trained to respond in a crisis, be a point of contact, reassure people and point them in the right direction.
How can we help?
Adult Mental Health First Aid training – To become an accredited MHFAider you have to attend a two day course. We can deliver these within your organisation (if you are a smaller organisation, please contact us and we will try to find a way to make it available to you).
Embedding MHFA in your organisation – We can work with you to plan, introduce and support MHFA as part of your wider wellbeing strategy, including on-going support and supervision.
How can I become a MHFAider?
To discuss how MHFA training would benefit your organisation or if you are interested in training as a MHFAider, please contact us now by phone or email.