Implementing & Applying Mental Health First Aid at Work
Wondering how mental health awareness and mental health first aid can be strategically integrated into your organisation?
The HSE recommends that all workplaces have ‘mental health trained first aiders’.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain.
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learn the strategy for supporting your staff and empowering your Mental Health First Aiders to perform their role effectively.
(or anyone who has attended a Mental Health First Aid training course)
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When you undertake a training programme and a new role in the workplace, for example a level 3 physical first aid course, you will learn about 'your roles and responsibilities as a first aider' for example contacting the EMS, reassuring the casualty, using barriers and keeping yourself safe, cleaning up, accident reporting restocking the first aid kit etc... How does this compare to your mental health first aid roles and responsibilities?
What are your roles and responsibilities as a Mental Health First Aider?
We believe it is helpful for mental health first aiders to view this as an integral part of their traditional 'job description'. Raisng awarness of these duties amoungst collegeues is key.
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The Mental Health at Work website is the most comprehensive and easy to use resource.
The Mental Health at Work gateway provides easy access to tools and information to help support employee wellbeing for organisations of any size.
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Conerns about colleges abusing the system
Would you feel comfortable calling in sick due to anxiety?
Has unhelpful coping strategies led you to become ill?
When investigating lived experience, feedback from clients and analysing the mentor study (below) we notice that when staff call in sick with a virus they may be suffering with a mental health issue or their poor mental health has led to poor productivity, low self-esteem or inability to work effectively. Sigma, fear, and lack of self-awareness may unintentionally prevent them from being honest. Anxiety, depression, stress, or sleep deprivation, has led them to become unwell mentally, physically or both. With increased Mental Health awareness and education, over time, staff absenteeism and presentism figures should improve.
We understand that this is a tricky area to measure however and not an overnight job. Encouraging openness and honesty is challenging as employees fear their employment and reputation.