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What is mental health first aid?

Mental Health First Aid teaches line-managers and staff how to spot signs and symptoms of common mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression and various disorders), provide non-judgemental support and reassurance, and guide a person to seek appropriate professional support they may need to recover.

Mental health training in the workplace has been proven to make a lasting difference in people’s knowledge and confidence around mental health. Thanks to the development of mental health first aid training courses, responsible employers now have an opportunity to address the key issue of ignorance and debunk the myths about mental health in the workplace. Those that choose to do so are likely to improve the workplace for staff and have a positive impact on business profitability.

How effective is mental health first aid?

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a Mental Health First Aid course raises awareness of mental illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery, increases confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces stigma. The research suggests that improving UK workplace mental health management could reduce employers’ losses attributed to mental illness by 30%, collectively saving £8 billion a year.

What does a mental health first aider do?

The role of the Mental Health First Aider is to support employees in the workplace who are experiencing mental ill health or distress. This support can vary from having a non-judgmental conversation with a colleague, through to guiding them towards appropriate professional support. The Mental Health First Aider role includes:

Being able to recognise the early signs and symptoms of common workplace mental health illnesses

Having the necessary skills to have a supportive, non-judgemental conversation with those who need it

Possessing the knowledge and confidence to guide colleagues to the appropriate professional support if they require it

Promoting greater awareness of mental health in the workplace and reducing stigma

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