Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to understand
Providing the right support to an employee suffering from mental health problems, particularly in the early stages, can have a massive impact for the individual and the organisation.
It makes good business sense to recognise the crucial warning signs of mental ill health
Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. Physical first aid has now become a critical support service within most organisations and Mental Health First Aid is quickly following suit. Teaching groups of employees how to recognise the crucial warning signs of mental ill health not only helps create a better place to work, it also makes good business sense.
Did you know …?
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue in any given year
- Between 1 in 5 and 1 in 6 working age adults is depressed, anxious or experiencing stress related problems at any one time.
- The chief medical officer estimates that around 70 million working days are lost every year because of mental ill health costing the UK between £70bn and £100bn.
- Research by Time to Change found that 49% of respondents would feel uncomfortable talking to their employer about their mental health.
- In 2014/15 anxiety, depression and stress accounted for 35% of all work related ill health and 43% of all working days lost to ill health. (HSE)
The aim should be to maximise performance through better engagement and proper support.
Simply piling more pressure on employees and expecting higher productivity is often a false economy; increasing only sickness and staff turnover levels.
Mental Health First Aid training and support materials provide a step by step approach to help organisations to create a healthy environment, introduce awareness-raising initiatives, identify the first signs of mental ill health and support staff who are experiencing an issue.