Mental Health First Aid is a hot topic right now for businesses UK wide.
Business owners and managers are recognising that the mental wellness and health of their staff, is essential to the success of their organisation.
Training staff in Mental Health First Aid is a fantastic step towards raising awareness in the workplace, and staff being able to recognise mental ill health within themselves and others. Mental Health First Aid training will help your staff develop the knowledge and skills to be able to start conversations and reduce the stigma attached to talking about mental health.
The culture within a business is also vital. The best employers right now are looking at training as part of a wider strategy to ensure the health and mental wellbeing of their employees, and embedding this into their ways of working.
What does the law say?
All employers have a legal duty of care to provide staff with a safe working environment. This means that employers must take reasonable care to prevent personal injury (including mental or physical harm) that may arise in the workplace.
What are Mental Health conditions?
Mental ill health covers a broad spectrum of conditions including stress, anxiety, depression right through to post traumatic stress disorder and suicide.
Our fully qualified trainers can help your business with engaging and effective Mental Health First Aid training courses, that help you to grow in confidence around identifying these conditions and helping individuals to access the right support.
The shocking facts on Mental Health for UK businesses
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental illness each year. If you think of that in terms of the size of your business, it is a significant portion of your staff to be living with a mental health condition.
The Centre for Mental Health reports that:
Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year
This figure is made up of billions of pounds lost to :
- Reduced productivity
- Sickness absence
Figures show that stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. In fact, mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year
The problem is huge and can have a profound effect on businesses UK wide if it isn’t addressed and spoken about.
So, what are the business benefits to Mental Health First Aid Training?
For employees to succeed in their roles and perform to their best ability, a business strategy or action plan which includes training around wellbeing and mental health first aid is essential.
A business that actively raises awareness of mental health conditions, is a business that has the best chance of helping their employees who may be affected to recover well and seek the guidance they need.
Staff who are well supported with mental health conditions are more productive, more focused in the workplace and take fewer days leave for sickness absence.
The business benefits are vast in terms of reductions in costs and profitability.
How many Mental Health First Aiders do I need?
It is recommended an organisation has a similar number of mental health first aiders to medical first aiders, ideally a different individual providing further resilience for colleagues in the workplace.
Having enough designated individuals within a business trained in mental health first aid, means that people who may be struggling are easily directed to the right support or medical professionals to help them.
What courses do we offer for Mental Health First Aid?
At TH Training Solutions we offer engaging and effective Mental Health First Aid training courses for groups or staff teams.
All of our courses are accredited, and successful learners will receive a recognised qualification regulated by Ofqual.
Depending on your desired time frame and the depth of knowledge you require, we’ve got you covered. From 4 hours to a 2 day course for supervising Mental Health First Aid in the workplace, TH Training Solutions can help you meet your legal duty as an employer and equip your staff with the tools they need to support a healthy workforce.
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If you’d like to book training or need advice on the right training for your business, give our team a call on 07710 245 376 today
Mental health matters, and supporting staff with an effective and robust plan around mental health and wellbeing is crucial for businesses