Our first MHFA training course of 2019 takes place tomorrow at our offices in Leeds. It’s a 1-day course which gives attendees an understanding of mental health and skills to help spot the signs and triggers of anybody who might be suffering.
The course will give attendees the confidence to support and reassure a person in distress and to give guidance to help somebody recover their health.
We are running a number of MHFA courses during January and February from half day workshops to be “mentally aware” to 2-day courses which qualifies attendees as a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace.
Our in-house trainers are fully qualified and affiliated MHFA instructors and each session takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions.
The aim of these courses are to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental health, to provide support and understanding to anybody in the workplace who may be suffering, and to create awareness of mental health conditions.
The courses also cover an introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing in your own life. Everyone who completes the course gets a manual to refer to whenever they need it, a workbook including a helpful toolkit to support their own mental health, and a certificate of attendance.
We were rocked to the core when one of our contractors – a young father from Bradford – sadly took his own life last year. This is why we are joining the campaign for it to become mandatory for every business which employs 30 or more people to have a dedicated mental health first aider. In our own experience as a business, mental health conditions can have devastating consequences if not addressed. We cannot help but think that if one of our own team, or someone at the company where he was working, had been trained in MHFA, we may have been able to spot the tell-tale signs that something was wrong.
If you or your colleagues are interested in any of our MHFA training courses, click on the link below to view our upcoming workshops.