Mental Health First Aid to be debated in parliament

Time for a debate

Today, December 19th 2018, there will be a debate in parliament on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the workplace.

Mental Health First Aid in the workplace has been a regular topic in the news over the last year, urging employers to provide better support to employees who are experiencing mental health problems at work. Today’s debate will discuss the proposal to make MHFA training mandatory for all workplaces.   

1 in 4 people in the UK are experiencing mental health problems, or will do at some point in their life. Whilst there is plenty of support in the workplace for people with a physical condition, there remains little to no support for people with a mental health condition. 

By making it mandatory for all workplaces to be trained in MHFA, this will ensure that employees have the support they need for their mental health, helping to prevent their conditions becoming worse or left un-managed. 

What is MHFA training? 

Mental Health First Aid training teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone experiencing mental health problems. As a result of this, a person trained in MHFA becomes a point of contact for people experiencing a mental health crisis, who is there listen, reassure and respond to people who are struggling with their mental health at work. 

As well as being a point of contact, Mental Health First Aiders are also tought the skills to recognise the early signs and symptoms of a mental crisis, therefore preventing it from happening in the first place. 

As well as providing support during or before a mental health crisis, a Mental Health First Aider will also be aware of what support is available for various mental health conditions and will be able to signpost people to various different services and/or recourses to help them to manage their mental health.

 

 

Mental health in the workplace – the issue 

 

 

According to the CIPD (2016), almost one in three UK employees (31%) will experience a mental health problem, posing a significant personal and business cost.

Each year poor mental health is costing UK employers an estimated £35 billion (Centre for Mental Health, 2017).

Every UK employer, regardless of size or sector, is affected by mental health problems in their staff.

We believe there are both moral and business reasons to promote better employee mental health and create healthier workplaces. It’s the right thing to do and it makes business sense.

Given the impact and cost mental health problems can have on individual employees and businesses, mental wellbeing should be a business priority for every employer, regardless of size or sector.  

As an employer, investing in workplace wellbeing can:

  • Reduce levels of sickness absence, presenteeism, staff turnover, lost productivity and the associated costs of mental health problems at work by at least 30%
  • Increase employee resilience, productivity and performance
  • Enhance your duty of care as an employer and reduce your organisational and legal risk
  • Improve staff morale and engagement
  • Enhance your corporate image and reputation

We are here to help 

Dudley Mind are a provider of Mental Health First Aid courses in both the workplace and in Schools. We are able to deliver MHFA course to schools, colleges and organisations in the Black Country area and  help to improve the mental wellbeing of your employees or students. All of our trainers are fully accredited and have may years experience of successfully delivering MHFA courses across the country.

We also provide a range of in-house courses, such as Managing Mental Health in the Workplace for Line Managers, and Employee Resilience courses to teach your staff how to remain resilient against stress in the workplace.

As well as the above we are also able to develop bespoke training to meet your organisations needs. 

If you are an employer looking to train your staff in mental health and would like to discuss with us how we can help you achieve this, please get in touch. 

You can call us on 01384 442938 or drop us an email to enquiries@dudleymind.org.uk

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