Mental health is a normal part of life. In any one year, one in four of us will experience a mental health issue.
Mental Health First Aid Course
We recently sent Sophie, our Production Assistant along to a Mental Health First Aid course run by MHFA England, who are on a mission to train one in ten people in England to raise mental health literacy, break stigma and support more people to access the right help.
The two-day course, run by Hazel Sawyers, an experienced mental health first aid instructor, teaches people to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support.
Sophie said: “The main thing I learnt from the two-day course, was that being a mental health first aider is really a lesson in empathy and responsiveness that can and should be practised by everyone on a daily basis.”
“When a person is physically struggling in the street or the workplace, people feel a need to help or at least understand. What this course outlined was a real need for a parallel sense of human instinct when it comes to mental health, and our attitude towards it.”
The course goes into detail about a number of mental illnesses and stresses that the role of a mental health first aider is just the same as a physical first aider.
The course covers mental health in the context of environment, socio-economic background and the workplace, which highlights the fact that ‘everyone has mental health’.
Sophie comments: “This generated a great deal of talk among the participants about mental health issues in men within the construction industry, which seemed like a brilliant step towards a greater sense of awareness, care and acceptance of everyone’s overall wellbeing in the workplace and beyond.”
To find out more about this course and to download some useful resources visit MHFA.