First Aid for Mental Health

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. 

A Mental Health First Aider becomes a point of contact for anyone within an organisation suffering with a Mental Health issue and they are trained to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness. They are also able to signpost individuals toward organisations where they can receive support and guidance and helping them to gain the confidence to do so. 

We have been delivering courses to potential Mental Health First Aiders for a number of years and cover the subject in 3 levels. From a half day awareness session to a two day qualification aimed at supervisor / managerial level there is a course to suit both your personal and business requirements. 

Individuals can book onto one of our regularly run public courses or on-site delivery can be arranged for specific workgroups.

Level 1 Awareness in First Aid for Mental Health

A half day awareness session suitable for anyone wishing to gain an understanding of Mental Health.

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Distance learning First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1)

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Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

A one day session suitable for those wishing to undertake the role of Mental Health First Aider within the workplace or wanting to be able to support loved ones suffering a condition.

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Distance learning First Aid for Mental Health (Level 2)

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Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

A two day course suitable for those wishing to look into more detail at Mental Health issues and exploring the best way in which to signpost suffers to professional help.

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Distance learning Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (Level 3)

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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.