Mental Health First Aid
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. The term “mental health” is not synonymous with mental ill health – which can strike at any time and affects people from all walks of life. Statistics reflect that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
Stigma still exists around mental ill health… I invite you to join me in laying the positive foundations towards mental wealth…
In a previous life, I dedicated the best part of 25 years to senior management roles within retail and hospitality – embodying a definite work-life imbalance. I have personally experienced how stress, anxiety and depression are interwoven with our health – both physical and mental.
This was irrevocably forced home when my father – a respected medical practitioner – took his own life just over four years ago.
We can dissect the facts and figures, but I am passionate to stress the fact that every statistic is a father, a daughter – a member of someone’s family.
Prevention is better than cure. And early intervention is the best means of prevention.
We generally don’t know how to protect our mental health (like we do our physical health, perhaps), and that is why I formed Resilient Minds UK. Would you know how to support a friend, a family member, or a colleague experiencing a mental health issue – or where to go for support with your own mental health?
MHFA England is the sole organisation in England permitted to provide Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training licensed by Mental Health First Aid International. The MHFA England Instructor Training programme – accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health – reflects the quality of teaching, materials and support that you will receive as part of your experience.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which will teach you how to identify, understand and support someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, to reassure and to respond, even in a crisis – and equip you to potentially prevent a crisis.
You will learn to recognise the warning signs of mental ill health, and you will develop the skills and confidence to approach and to support someone, whilst keeping yourself safe. You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support that they may need for their recovery, or for the successful management of their symptoms.
You will gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing, and how to tackle the stigma in the world around you.
“Mental health education empowers people to care for themselves and others. By reducing stigma through understanding, we hope to break down barriers to the support that people may need to stay well, recover, or manage their symptoms – to thrive in learning, work and life.” (The MHFA England Mission).
MHFA was introduced to England in 2007, and was launched under the Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) as part of a national approach to improving public mental health.
If you are interested in attending one of our 2 Day Mental Health First Aider certification courses, please contact Colin – an MHFA Instructor, and Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aider, or register your interest HERE .
Colin was recently recognised as The United Kingdom’s Most Trusted in Mental Healthcare Services in The Global Business Insight Awards, 2019, and is certified also in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
“I recently attended an Adult Mental Health First Aider course and Colin was one of the trainers. He is incredibly knowledgeable both personally and professionally in the area of mental health and I found the course highly useful, interesting and interactive. Colin is an extremely professional trainer, engaging in his manner, yet at the same time highly intuitive and empathetic. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and highly recommend Colin as a trainer.”
Our next Mental Health First Aider certification course is to be held on Wednesday, February 20th, and Thursday February 21st, in the tranquil surroundings of Allum Hall and Manor in Elstree/Borehamwood – less than 25 minutes via train from St. Pancras International, central London. There is also ample provision for parking if you would prefer to drive…
Where’s Your Head At?
“Where’s Your Head At?” is a campaign which is seeking to improve the mental health of the nation through ensuring that employers consider the wellbeing of their workforce. The intention is to make it easy for you to talk about your mental health at work, and to ensure that there are trained colleagues on site who know how to point you in the direction of any help that you might need.
Evidence shows that the earlier a mental health issue – like stress, anxiety or depression – is detected, the easier it is to manage and treat.
An open letter was sent to Theresa May on November, 18th, 2018, calling for changes in legislation to elevate mental health to a level of parity with physical health in the workplace.
The motion was debated in UK parliament on the 17th of January, 2019, and was welcomed by the majority. It is now surely only a matter of time before it is passed into legislation.
This will ensure that employees across the country will be able to access a trained member of staff to receive initial support and guidance if they are dealing with a mental health issue at work. Every employee will have the right to a mentally healthy environment, and we can finally break the stigma of mental health in the workplace.
Furthermore, The Health and Safety Executive , in “Mental health conditions, work and the workplace”, has amended their recommendations to read that “Work-related mental health issues must be assessed to measure the levels of risk to staff. Where a risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove it or reduce it as far as reasonably practicable.”
“You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes.”
There is no Health Without Mental Health.