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Mental health first aider

Why workplaces need mental health first aiders

We all have mental and physical health, but why do we only look out for physical health at work?

1 in 4 of us are likely to experience a mental health problem each year, which is likely to impact on our ability to work. That’s why we’re running Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, which is the equivalent to physical first aid training for mental health, at our head office in Sheffield.

The two-day course is internationally recognised and has been developed by the Department of Health and Mental Health First Aid England. It’s designed to raise the awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, giving people the skills, knowledge and confidence to spot the early signs of a mental health issue, prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, stop a mental health issue from getting worse and guide someone towards the right support.

Why have MHFA at work?

Our research shows that 86% of UK employees believe their organisations are not doing enough to help them deal with work-related mental health issues. Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and 12.5 million working days are lost each year due to mental health issues.

It’s in business’s interest to have a mental health first aider, as people might not always feel comfortable talking to their manager about their mental health. Having support at work means that they can stop a mental health issue from getting worse and aid a faster recovery.

Training people in mental health awareness and skills to deal with mental health issues at work helps to build an open and supportive culture around mental health. We’ve trained over a dozen of our own employees in MHFA because we recognise how important good mental health is.

It’s vital that businesses take mental health as seriously as physical health, as evidence shows that the earlier a mental health issue is detected the easier it is to manage and treat, that’s why we’re supporting MHFA England’s ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign, to change health and safety law so it protects mental health in the same way as physical health.

How can I book onto a course?

We regularly run Adult MHFA Refresher courses (a four hour course for Trained mental health First aiders) at our head office in Sheffield.

To find out more and to book your space, call us on 0345 602 1629 or email

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Elaine Watson 25 Dec 2020

Do you have online courses available?

Hi Elaine,
Yes we do. You can find out more information on the courses and how to book here.

Best wishes
The Westfield Health Team