Mental Health First Aid training
As a business we are acutely aware that it is not just physical illness that contributes to workplace absence. In fact, mental ill health is now the biggest cause of employee sickness absence across the UK.
We welcomed our local Mental Health Trainer, Kate Golding (Consultant Nurse) to our Portsmouth HQ to deliver the Mental Health First Aid course. This course enables us to develop our awareness of various mental health conditions and gives our employees the confidence to talk openly about mental health in the workplace. It also teaches practical skills to identify symptoms of a wide range of mental health conditions and understanding the things that can affect mental well being. By the end of the course, our group of First Aiders felt confident that they could identify and offer support to an employee in mental distress.
“The mental health first aid course was both really interesting and incredibly helpful. Kate, our course leader used some great real life examples to bring context to the course content. Mental health effects all of us and as an organisation the well-being and psychological health of our employees is just as important as the physical. On a personal level I now feel more informed about how to spot when someone might be struggling and help guide them.” Cassie Pay, HR Manager
The course was delivered alongside the launch of our partnership with Health Assured who provide our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). For more about this, click here.
“In tandem with our EAP launch, we have invested in training seven Mental Health First Aiders across the business, who will be available, as with our physical first-aiders, to employees with any support. Mental Health is such an important topic and I am delighted we are investing in tools and training to further support our ever expanding employee-base.” Kate Fairbrother, Director of HR & Communications