Employees with Mental Health issues are on the increase in the UK, 12.7% of sickness absence days can be attributed to Mental Health conditions.
Every week 1 in 6 adults experience a common Mental Health problem such as Anxiety or depression. 1 in 5 Adults have considered taking their own life at some point.
Working conditions and environment can impact on our general wellbeing and Mental Health and equally someones Mental Health can have an impact on their performance at work.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) at work is something that needs to be taken as seriously as having a first aider in your workplace.
What is Mental health First Aid (MHFA)?
MHFA like traditional First Aid is not a solution to Mental Health conditions in the workplace, Nor is it a replacement for Doctors, Therapists, Psychiatrists or other Medical professionals, It is purely there as a first Aid approach to employees mental health in the workplace to support and guide employees to the correct support/ help they require.
There are Training programme’s that teach participants how to recognize and support any individuals in the workplace with mental Health issues/concerns and provide them with help.
Once A Mental Health First Aider has passed their training programme they can become an appointed Mental First Aider (MHFA) within their workplace, They are then a point of contact for any employee who is experiencing any emotional/Mental Health issues or distress.
MHFA courses cover:
- common Mental Health Problems
- symptoms of depression
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Anxiety and Anxiety disorders
- psychotic disorders ( Bipolar, Schizophrenia)
- The five steps of Mental Health Fist Aid – (ALGEE)
A sk About Suicide
L isten Non Judgementally
G ive Reassurance and information
E ncourage the person to get appropriate help and support
E ncourage self help strategies
MHFA Training is aimed to give a deeper understanding of Mental Health issues that can have an impact on peoples lives.
With Mental Health first aid available to employees in the workplace & external support in place it is more likely employees will manage to continue to come to work, meaning less sick days are taken due to Mental health conditions.
To find out more about Mental Health First Aid contact our team, we will be happy to advise you.