MHFA England training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental first aid and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their mental health, as well as their colleagues, by encouraging them to access timely support when needed.
Legislation for Mental Health First Aid provision in the workplace is not yet in place. The Health and Safety Executive says:
“You should consider ways to manage mental ill health in your workplace which are appropriate for your business, such as providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes.”
To demonstrate that your organisation views mental health as equally important as physical health, we recommend that you consider your organisation's structure and the demands on the workforce. For some organisations, it may be worthwhile aiming to have as many Mental Health First Aiders as physical first aiders.
Although MHFA England courses are open to all, asking employees to apply for the training will help you recruit the people within your organisation who are most suited for the role. We recommend that you train:
Everyone who completes the mental health first aid course gets:
Raise mental first aid health awareness and tackle stigma throughout the organisation to help create an environment where people feel empowered to contact their Mental Health First Aiders for support.