Mental Health First Aid - What is it?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training was developed from a very simple idea - to provide the mental health equivalent of physical first aid.
We all have mental health. Mental health is about our emotional wellbeing and how we think, feel and behave.
In the UK 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children will experience mental health issues at some point in their lives and many more of us will know or care for someone affected by mental health problems.
Mental health problems are conditions which affect your mental well being. These include anxiety and depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol problems, personality disorders, eating disorders, postnatal depression, schizophrenia and psychosis.
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues.
Where work-related stress is prolonged, it can lead to both physical and psychological damage, including anxiety and depression. Work can also aggravate pre-existing conditions, and problems at work can bring on symptoms or make their effects worse.
Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. 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 or reduce it as far as reasonably possible.
The Role of a Mental Health First Aider
Be the main point of contact for anyone experiencing a mental health issue
Identifying the early signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
Start supportive conversations with someone experiencing a mental health problem
Listen in a non-judgemental manner and provide reassurance
Assess the risk of self-harm and suicide
To signpost and encourage appropriate professional support
Reduce the stigma attached to mental health and promote awareness
Summon for the appropriate emergency services if necessary
To maintain confidentiality and provide an ongoing supportive working environment
Interested in becoming a Mental Health First Aider?
We are a professional provider of Mental Health First Aid courses for individuals and organisations including corporate, commercial and the third sector. The content we cover also looks at mental wellbeing and stress management in general and is suitable for anyone looking for some education and knowledge of this topic.
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