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Raising awareness around mental health is something which has become an increasing priority in recent years. As approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, being able to spot signs and offer advice and support in the early stages is vital. With mental health awareness week in full swing, there is no better time for managers to consider ways to improve employee wellbeing in the workplace. Here at Health Assured, we offer a range of services to help employers take a proactive approach to managing workplace wellbeing. Our mental health first aid course educates staff on how to recognise when someone is suffering from a mental health problem and how to provide them with the support they need. As the focus of the week this year is stress, this course, alongside our stress management workshop, is the perfect educational experience. Both will aid employees in spotting early signs of excessive stress and mental health problems and techniques for managing this. If you are interested in increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace, read on to see how our course can help with this.
One of the greatest benefits to offering an MHFA course is that during these two days many important life skills are taught. Throughout these workshops, employees will learn how to identify mental health symptoms in the early phases, which is a skill that can be used in all stages of life and perhaps help someone in need. The course also aims to teach those who take it how to help stop someone from harming themselves or others, and how to guide them towards long term professional support.
Offering this course in the workplace will be a fantastic step towards breaking the stigma of mental health problems and get them talking about any issues they aren’t coping with. This open communication within the workplace can also help to open employees’ minds as to the difficulties others may be facing and encourage them to extend help and kindness to their colleagues.
Knowing what can impact mental health and the symptoms of problems in this area will help employees to assess their own wellbeing. This will further focus them on their own wellbeing and allow them to make adjustments where necessary, whether this is to their diet or day to day routine.
The MHFA course will give employees access to a whole host of information, and to ensure none of this is forgotten or overlooked they will gain resources which can they can take home and study. This will mean that they can continue to learn in their own time and refer back to this if they ever need to.
After completing the course, each employee will become a qualified mental first aider and receive a certificate from MHFA England. As a qualified metal health first aider, they will be equipped with the knowledge to identify when someone is struggling with their mental health and be able to support them towards recovery. As you can see, this course is the perfect way to offer a new perspective to employees on mental health issues, and raise awareness around the topic. If you would like to implement this course in the workplace, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts today.
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