We’re introducing Mental Health First Aiders to our organisation by training members of our team who have volunteered for the role.

The two-day training, provided by MHFA England, will qualify our staff volunteers as Mental Health First Aiders and provide them with an in depth understanding of mental health and its effects, practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues and enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening, among other skills and knowledge provided by the course.

Alex Heritage, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we are continuing our focus on positive health and wellbeing by specifically focussing on training Mental Health First Aiders.

“The idea of having a Mental Health First Aider came from a member of our team and I’ve been really impressed with the response from people who would like to complete the training, and also from across the team about the importance of having this extra support available.

“Stress, anxiety and depression can be major causes of sickness absence and by embedding in our culture that it’s ok to flag when things may be becoming difficult, we hope colleagues feel like they have a clear point of contact to go to when they need support.

“In line with our People Focussed value, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of all our colleagues and by introducing Mental Health First Aiders to the team we hope to empower staff to access the support they need to stay well whilst thriving, both in their roles with us and their lives outside of work.”

To coincide with the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders to our office, we will also be hosting a Mental Health Month throughout March. The month will feature a variety of events led by members of our team including Pilates and a running club.

Kelly Bishop, Head of Nursing, discusses why we decided to introduce Mental Health First Aiders into our organisation and just how important their role is in the video below.