Become a Mental Health First Aider to support colleagues

Date published: 13 November 2018
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If you hurt yourself at work, you will have a registered first-aider to help out. But what if it is your mind that needs attention?

West Lindsey Employment and Skills Partnership is inviting businesses in the district to sign up to a subsidised training course to look after their employees’ health.

The Mental Health First Aider training is part of a national programme, to teach the skills needed to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use.

West Lindsey District Councillor, Angela Lawrence, Champion for Safeguarding and Mental Health, welcomed the news.

She said: “I applaud the West Lindsey Skills Partnership for offering this training to businesses across the district.

“Mental Health is an issue that affects so many. This training is aimed at looking after employees’ health, spotting early signs of mental illness and ensuring workers get the right help that they need.”

The training is being offered to businesses following a successful ‘mental health for business’ seminar, delivered by the West Lindsey Employment and Skills Partnership, last month.

Research shows that mental health issues account for approximately 70 million working days lost per year, therefore schemes such as this can be an important asset for businesses regarding tackling mental health in the workplace.

Belinda Darley, Director at ABC Accounting in Gainsborough, was the first business to sign up to the scheme.

She said: “I was pleased to be at the West Lindsey Employment and Skills Partnership ‘Mental Health For Business’ event. It is time that mental health is addressed in the workplace, businesses should take responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.”

Paula Batchelor, Talent Match Manager at The Prince’s Trust, also attended the event and has signed multiple businesses up to take part in the training.

She said: “Initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid are important as they can make small but sure changes to the health and wellbeing of employees. In the workplace environment, support is vital.

“You have First Aid, and you have Mental Health First Aid, they are no different as they can both be the first port-of-call to sign-post people or have a chat about their thoughts and feelings – that initial support is the crucial element.”

Mental Health First Aid also teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and disorders within the workplace.

Amanda Bouttell, Senior Project and Growth Officer at West Lindsey District Council and member of the West Lindsey Employment and Skills Partnership, will lead the training.

She said: “I had the opportunity to become a Mental Health First Aid trainer myself. This course helps you to understand and recognise mental health issues and then provides you with ability offer support to those that need it.

“I want West Lindsey to lead the way, so I will be putting on sessions for businesses to have training so that a representative from their business to become a mental health first aider.”

If you are a business in West Lindsey and are interested in this opportunity, get in touch with Amanda Bouttell at the council by emailing Amanda.Bouttell@West-Lindsey.gov.uk


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