1 in 4 people in the UK will suffer a Mental Health illness within their lifetime with 1 in 6 people suffering this in the workplace. Under the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 employers are required to consider their employees mental health alongside their physical health when undertaking their First Aid requirements. A parliamentary debate took place in January 2019 where legislative changes around Mental Health in Workplace to give it equal consideration to physical health were backed.
Level 1 Awareness in First Aid for Mental Health
Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health
Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health
Small Business Buddy Scheme
First Aid for Mental Health is encouraged within organisations and largely relies on a trained individual recognising the signs of mental health concerns in an individual.
Being self employed or running a small business has many rewards but can be quite isolating which in turn can have a negative impact on your mental health.
There is no supervisor to recognise you're not quite yourself, no colleagues to notice you appear a little low, no manager to have a little chat to when things seem difficult.
Finding a likeminded person who understands the pressures you are facing as a small business owner and who you can regularly check in with to just chat could be just the lifeline you need (and that they need to!) to offer the support you need to make sure you're looking after yourself and performing to the best of your ability.
The Small Business "Buddy" scheme puts business owners in touch with one another in an attempt to build these support relationships and increase the wellbeing of people operating in this sector.
Contact us here to register or find out more about how to become involved in this scheme.