As an organisation we are passionate about First Aid and we recognise that good mental health is as vital as good physical health. Without both working in harmony we are unlikely to be able to reach our full potential.
It is accepted that when we injure ourselves physically we do not hesitate to seek help and treatment from a first aider or other healthcare professional. However, due to the stigma associated with mental health issues and the fear of discrimination those in mental health crisis are often reluctant to seek any help, potentially exacerbating the situation and reducing the likelihood of an earlier recovery.
At some point in our lives it is highly likely that we will experience mental ill health or have close contact with someone who does. Mental health issues are common and a normal part of life.
As with our physical health our mental health can fluctuate between good and poor. By becoming more aware of our own and others mental health and by learning strategies and coping mechanisms we can help to break down barriers and the stigma which exist. Only by doing this can we support and improve our wellbeing at work and in our home life.
Our resilience is one of the factors determining our ability to cope during times of poor mental health. Negative thoughts can affect the balance of our resilience pushing the see saw down. To cope with this, we need to find a coping mechanism, such as reading, exercising or anything that gives us the feeling of wellbeing. This has the effect of equalling out the negative thoughts and feelings and reinstating the equilibrium.
When we are unable to reinstate the equilibrium, mental ill health issues can develop.
Our passion for mental health First Aid has resulted in us joining forces with Mental Health First Aid England to provide a range of courses designed to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues and work towards eliminating the stigma and discrimination surrounding it.
Delivering such thought-provoking courses requires great sensitivity. Our team of experienced, nationwide trainers are skilled and practised in ensuring that our delegates are safely guided through each course allowing them to explore, what can be upsetting topics, in a safe and controlled environment.
Just as in physical First Aid, support at an early stage can prevent the worsening of an injury, the provision of a “Mental Health First Aider” can also offer such benefits. These include the ability to signpost those in crisis towards a pathway leading to recovery. Worryingly statistics show, before the Coronavirus pandemic that, 25% of all adults will suffer from a mental health issue every year, costing the UK economy millions in lost working time.
Mental Health issues are a major factor influencing the well-being of our staff. By developing our awareness and understanding of the effects of Mental Health issues on our workforce we can provide a holistic approach to supporting our staff. The benefits include:
Our programmes can be delivered at our training centres either on-line, via distance learning or face to face. Or if you prefer within your own organisation or venue of your choice.