Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally-recognised two day training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

At Wellbeing Partners, we can provide the Mental Health First Aid training course onsite at your workplace, in four sessions over two days, for groups of six to sixteen participants per training course.  Everyone on the course is taught a set of skills which enables them to support anyone who is experiencing mental health issues.

Our fully-qualified and quality-assured Mental Health First Aid instructor delivers the training programme and is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

The training is designed to fit into four manageable chunks of learning:

  • What is mental health?
  • Suicide and depression – recognise the signs, first aid for depression, how to help someone who is suicidal
  • Anxiety, eating disorders and self harm – recognising the signs, first aid, how to help
  • Psychosis – recognising the signs, first aid for psychosis

The course will teach participants a deeper understanding of all the issues that impact on and relate to people’s mental health; teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues.

Course participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid manual and workbook, along with a certificate confirming they are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an Mental Health First Aid course:

  • Raises mental health awareness
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery

If you’d like to arrange a Mental Health First Aid training course for your workplace, please get in touch with Nick Winfield at [email protected] or call 07773 767248.

 

 

World Mental Health Day 2016

This year, World Mental Health Day takes place on Monday 10th October, 2016.

World Mental Health Day was created by the World Federation For Mental Health to occur on the 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. It is a day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy, all across the globe.

Stress-related mental health issues are rising at an unprecedented pace. By 2020, the World Health Organisation predicts stress-related mental health issues will be second only to heart disease in the causes of disabilities worldwide.

As workplace stress is a key contributor to these rising levels, it is vital that companies and organisations address workplace stress in a way that supports, educates and empowers employees to care for their own mental health, and to feel able to reach out when there is a problem. In the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year due to mental ill health, making it the leading cause of sickness absence (Department of Health 2015).

The three central tenets for providing a duty of care to the mental health of employees are:

Awareness for all employees of stress-related mental health issues, the symptoms and underlying causes, and how to self-care;

Prevention of stress-related mental health issues through regular, effective workplace stress management and mindfulness programmes, accessible to all employees;

Remedy of mental health issues for employees who are struggling with workplace stress or personal problems – through accessible, on-site, confidential support services provided by fully qualified professionals.

How can your company use World Mental Health Day as a springboard for providing employees with a more mentally-healthy workplace?

Please get in touch if you’d like some ideas or to start a conversation around employee mental health in your workplace:

[email protected]

or visit our website at www.mindfulnessintheworkplace.org

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