Modern-day businesses face many and various challenges from a well-being perspective, including the need for staff to manage busy, highly pressured and often target-driven jobs (including working away from their home office) alongside interests and commitments outside work. Stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don’t tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially reach out to someone before a crisis happens.
Below are some comments from recent clients following their completion of MHFA training.