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Support mental health in your business by introducing Mental Health First Aiders

17 Apr 2018

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Stress can be defined as the way you feel when you're under abnormal pressure*.

Being under pressure is a normal part of life and some stress can be positive. It can help us take action, be more alert, perform better and feel more energised. But stress is only healthy if it is short-lived. If we become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could soon lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

With work being one of the biggest causes of stress, it’s not surprising to hear that stress, anxiety and depression are the most common reasons for employee sickness absence. 

The Deloitte report estimates that poor mental health costs UK employers £33 - 42 billion each year. This is made up of absence costs of £8 billion, reduced productivity ranging from £17 - 26 billion and staff turnover costs of £8 billion.

How can you support mental health conditions in your workplace and reduce related workplace absence?

Many mental health conditions remain hidden or are often ignored in the workplace, due to stigma and a lack of knowledge. Taking part in our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) workshop could help you promote good mental wellbeing, spot the signs of mental health conditions and provide appropriate support to get your employees back on track.

What is Mental Health First Aid? 

Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised two day training course, designed to teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health and provide help on a first aid basis. 

Independent research and evaluation show that taking part in an MHFA workshop:

  • Raises awareness and mental health literacy
  • Reduces stigma around mental ill health and raises confidence in guiding people towards appropriate support
  • Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues
  • Encourages people to start a conversation with someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.

MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.

Costs

A two day workshop for up to 12 delegates - £2,250 +VAT
A two day workshop for up to 16 delegates - £2,450 +VAT

If you would like to find out more or to book on one of our workshops, leave your details here and one of our team will be in touch.

Sources:
* Mental Health Foundation
 

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