The Importance of Mental Health First Aid in the workplace

It is estimated that 70 million working days per year are lost due to mental ill health in the UK. This has an financial cost of £2.4 billion pounds each year.

Would you know what to do if someone in your workplace was suffering from a mental health problem? Mental health can be a taboo subject but professional help is not always immediately available to someone in distress. By becoming a mental health first aider you can offer comfort and support in a crisis until help arrives.

Mental health problems are not as frightening as most people think. When a person has a mental health problem what they need most is someone who can:

  • listen calmly to their feelings and fears
  • give some simple information
  • tell them where to get appropriate help

Our new Mental Health First Aid course has been developed by MHFA Scotland to give candidates a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect mental well-being. Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress until suitable or professional help can be found.

You can book our Mental Health First Aid courses here.

 

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