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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a growing mental health crisis in the UK with one in four adults experiencing mental illness each year.

Though talking about mental health has become much more common, there can still be a real stigma when it comes to the workplace.

As a result, many employees don’t speak up until they’re really struggling to cope. What measures do you have in place to recognise the warning signs and respond in a crisis?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

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Embedding Mental Health First Aid training into your organisation encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, promoting early intervention which enables recovery, reducing stigma and creating a positive culture.

Having a qualified Mental Health First Aider in the workplace provides a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the individual to get appropriate help in a crisis. Mental Health First Aiders can spot the signs of mental ill health and are valuable in providing early support for someone who may be developing a mental health issue.

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Training options available

During this period, MHFA training has never been more important. To ensure the safety of you and your staff, we have moved our MHFA training to an online solution.

Certified Mental Health First Aider course:

Delivered through four self-directed and four tutor led sessions, ideally over a two-week period. The same certificate is awarded as for the 2-day face to face course and qualifies delegates as Mental Health First Aiders. This course is available to book for 6-12 employees.

Certified MHFA Refresher Course:

A 4-hour online course for qualified Mental Health First Aiders and Champions. It’s good practice for Mental Health First Aiders and Champions to refresh their skills, the same way physical First Aiders do. It is recommended that annual Refresher courses are attended to update skills and knowledge. This course is available to book for 6-14 employees.

Certified MHFA Aware course:

This 4-hour online course is an introductory session designed to increase mental health awareness and help challenge stigma and discrimination. This course is available to book for 6-14 employees.

You can now book individual online places on our Mental Health First Aid and our Mental Health First Aid Aware courses, both certified by Mental Health First Aid England.

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