Mental health first aid helps prevent workplace stress from developing into more serious mental health problems
On this course, delegates will receive a working understanding of mental health first aid. They will also learn the key factors that trigger stress and affect mental well-being. These practical skills will help you to spot early signs of stress and mental illness. In addition they will also enable you to be a trusted confidante to a colleague who is struggling with their mental health.
Why this course is important to you
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing workplace stress. Unfortunately, long-term stress is hazardous to mental health. And that includes the health of your employees and the organization as a whole. So, having a few people handy to provide mental health first aid is now a must.
Over a prolonged period, stress puts strain on everyone’s long-term mental health and well-being. Now, if this is left unaddressed, it leads to serious mental health problems such as depression, chronic anxiety disorders and even psychosis.
In addition to the human element, stress and poor mental health adds significant costs to a business. Typically we see such extra costs in terms of lower productivity and greater employee disengagement. However stress also provokes more accidents, mistakes, absenteeism, and long-term sick leave.
Practical mental health first aid skills to help prevent a difficult situation get worse
With our mental health first aid training, you will learn the risk factors that create problems for employee mental well being and productive working. In addition, the training will help you normalize those potentially awkward conversations around mental health in the workplace. The net result is that you will help prevent difficult situations getting worse.
By the end of the course, you will be able to spot the early signs of mental and emotional distress. Importantly, you will also be given some simple means to help prevent further deterioration. Similarly, where appropriate, you can support a colleague in finding professional help. As such the course explains:
- A working understanding of common mental health issues and stressors.
- Key stress prevention strategies that improve productivity and performance at work.
- How to provide early help with emotional distress or stress.
- Guidance on supporting someone who needs to seek professional help.
- How to communicate mental health concerns to appropriate managers.
- Ways to help management develop a highly productive positive work culture.
Who needs this course?
The COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health first aid a priority for anyone who takes responsible for staff well being. This would include line managers, HR managers, supervisors, team leaders and so on.
However, at the best of times, managers are often strapped for time. But also, there is the stigma around mental health. Thus, we often see anxiety and reluctance about seeking help from the boss. This is why the course is really important for employees as well as managers. The idea is to help anyone provide peer to peer first response to a colleague who may be beginning to suffer distress.
Incidentally, the training will also help delegates promote a healthier work culture. This means they will be able to identify appropriate prevention strategies that will help ease workplace stress and stimulate more productive working.
No prior knowledge or training is necessary to attend. But you do need a willingness to help others.
Instead, the training helps you provide an early warning system of stressors in the workplace. In this way, you will also be able to give colleagues some effective initial help with emotional distress and stress.
The important thing is that you will become a welcome point of contact. And this will mean you will be a source of reassurance for someone experiencing emotional distress and possible mental health issues.
Get in contact
Want to learn more about our mental health first aiders course? Then, contact Jeremy Old on 0845 0945 819. Email Jeremy@teambusinessdevelopment.co.uk