Introduction to Mental Health First Aid
Just like physical first aid and health and safety, mental health first aid is becoming vitally important in the workplace.
One in four people in the UK Will have a mental health problem at some point in the lifetime. In 2018, in Great Britain, there were 595,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety leading to 15,400,000 working days lost. As we return from coping with Covid – 19 and lockdown eases, mental health and dealing with mental health may become vitally important to the survival of many businesses.
Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work related issues, financial worries and relationship issues.
Often people suffering from mental health issues find it very difficult to talk to work colleagues or supervisors, fearing the stigma associated with mental health. Therefore, having a healthy workplace attitude and written policy towards mental health and mental health first aiders make the opportunity to talk about mental-health much easier and any mental health situation less daunting to deal with.
The aims of first aid for mental-health
Preserve life where a person could be a danger to themselves or others
Alleviate suffering by providing immediate comfort and support
Prevent the condition from developing into more serious problem promote recovery
of good mental health by signposting and obtaining professional support.
At Fulcrum Clinic Training, we provide all three levels of mental health first aid training. Ranging from a half day awareness course to the full two day, supervisors course at very competitive prices that make it easier for all businesses to ensure their staff are looked after and supported during very difficult times.
In the near future, it may become a legal necessity to provide first aid for mental-health in the workplace so why not get ahead of the legislation and provide your staff with a safe secure mental-health environment to ensure your businesses Health is at its best.
For more information, please contact the clinic.