In recent years there has been a significant shift in the way we talk about mental health – both in our personal lives and at work. However, despite growing awareness of the issue, for many talking about mental health at work is still taboo.
While it’s encouraging to see more employers making changes to normalise this, the reality is it remains an incredibly complex issue – especially when it comes to considering how to support individual employees’ needs. So it probably won’t be a surprise to learn that mental health is top of mind for many bosses, with, in a recent survey of employee benefits, HR and wellbeing specialists,* 62% agreeing that mental health is their board’s biggest area of concern.
The need for a strong emphasis on mental health in employers’ wellbeing strategies has never been greater and training employees as Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) is one of the many ways they can start.
What is Mental Health First Aid training?
The two-day Mental Health First Aider training licensed by MHFA England bears some resemblance to physical first aider training in as much as it equips those who successfully complete it with the knowledge, tools and confidence to recognise warning signs and offer suitable support when someone’s experiencing mental health issues – guiding them to getting the right professional help.
It does not teach them to be therapists or try to solve people’s problems, however. Rather, it enables them to listen, reassure and respond – even in a crisis.