First Aid for Mental Health
Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace.
Research has shown that work is the biggest cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best.
Mental health conditions are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination and research has shown that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers.
At the end of January, Kelly Smith, Director, took part in a 2 day qualification which provided her with the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and she learned about the support / therapy which is provided by health care providers.
The course taught Kelly how to start a supportive conversation; and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. The course also highlighted how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse.
Learning about the first aid action plan for mental health, being able to put it in place and understanding how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace was also core subjects throughout the 2 days.
Kelly said ‘The course is designed not to diagnose mental health conditions but to recognise the symptoms and to be able to provide a supportive, starting point for either colleagues or staff, or anyone who you know really. It’s so important to give someone who may be suffering, the opportunity to speak about it, without them having to make the first move’.
The course has provided Kelly with a level 3, supervisory qualification in First Aid for Mental Health. ‘I would advise anyone who is in close contact with staff and who has a responsibility for their welfare to take this course, or to certainly consider level 1 and level 2 as a starting point for developing their companies Mental Health policies’ Kelly added.
For further information on these courses, please visit: https://yorkshiremhfa.co.uk/our-courses
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