Mental health problems at work are common. At least one in four workers experience common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.
The workplace has changed for people and organisations. In the last few years, we’ve seen a global pandemic, economic downturns, cost of living pressures, adaptation to hybrid working, the great resignation and a recruitment crisis. It has taken a toll on employees, and now – more than ever – they need mental health support in the workplace. Our courses are also open to individuals that are interested in learning more about mental health and how to provide better support to friends or family.
Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders®) are crucial to helping boost employee wellbeing as we adjust to a profoundly changed workplace environment.
“The MHFA course I went on changed the way I look at Mental Health, the topics and discussions within the group kept me interested and excited to go back in for the second day.”
Our MHFA courses are all about providing support, building confidence and growing a community to drive change across Carlisle and Eden. It isn’t a footnote or a half-hearted line in the small print. We are big believers in generating conversation around workplace mental health, and we understand that being an effective MHFAider® requires learning and support beyond the training course.
Just like completing a physical first aid course won’t make you a surgeon, completing a mental health first aid wont make you a psychiatrist, but it will equip you with the knowledge to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms.
Our courses now offer ongoing support to help MHFAiders® feel confident and empowered – long after they’ve completed their training course. MHFAiders® are essential to maintaining employee wellbeing. Our training is grounded in proven techniques and developed with clinical practitioners to ensure we provide the best course content possible.
We make sure everything taught is reflective of people’s real lived experiences of poor mental health. There’s lots of room on the course for discussion and questions and as a result, our course has proven to increase MHFAiders’® confidence in supporting people with mental health issues, meaning they can support your workplace more effectively in the long term.
“Since completing the MHFA course I have found myself in multiple situations where I had to give mental health first aid. I don’t think I would have had the confidence in these situations if I hadn’t completed the course.”
While MHFAiders® work to support others, they need support too. This is a crucial part of ensuring that MHFAiders® stay effective, confident and motivated to help their colleagues.
Through their training and certification, MHFAiders® become part of a workplace wellbeing community. With access to the MHFAider Support App®, they can access 24/7 digital support, as well as training resources and ongoing learning opportunities.
Additionally, MHFAiders® receive access to exclusive events so that they can continue to develop their support for your workplace beyond the two day training course.
- The MHFAider Support App® provides training resources and ongoing learning opportunities so that MHFAiders® can improve their support skills on the job.
- MHFAiders® can help organise their roles with reminders and secure conversation journaling, to safely reflect on their work.
- The MHFAider Support App® works to support the MHFAiders® own mental health – the resources within can teach critical self-care skills, with the emotion tracker function allowing them to chart their own wellbeing.
- The app provides 24/7 text support for when MHFAiders® are feeling overwhelmed or need guidance for certain situations.
- MHFAiders® have access to regular online events that provide further learning and support, allowing them to continue to perform their role confidently and effectively, long after receiving their initial training.