Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training – Just as Important as Physical First Aid!

If just one person in a workplace can be trained to become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) it can go a long way towards creating a workplace culture where people can talk openly about what’s going on in their lives and how it may affect their work.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is run over two days and successful completion will qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider.  In the same way as physical first aid, you are not trained to diagnose or become a therapist, but you are given structured knowledge needed to support people.  Mental Health First Aiders have a more in-depth knowledge of mental health conditions, are aware of spotting the early signs and how to communicate in a non-judgemental manner.  They are then equipped to signpost to the appropriate forms of support and treatment, whether that be through the NHS or self-help. MHFA training teaches you to start those potentially difficult conversations with colleagues, family and friends alike.  Even in a crisis.

Cordell Health are running an Adult Two Day Training course in Slough at the end of February and would like to offer discounted rates for Social Enterprise UK members.  This open course is ideal for those small and medium sized enterprises that would like to do more for employee wellbeing, but don’t have enough staff for an in-house course.

For more information contact sue@cordellhealth.co.uk.


Covid – 19 and Mental Health

As we ease out of lockdown, it is evident that we are on the verge of a Mental Health crisis.

The Covid – 19 Pandemic has had a profound effect on society. This is not only on our physical health but due to social isolation, concern about jobs and financial losses, housing insecurity and anxiety about the future, it is affecting the mental health of many.

“More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) report feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worries about the future (63%)”.

Data taken from the Health Foundation www.health.org.uk

At ABC Life Support we have recognised the need to support each other whether in a personal or professional capacity. We have developed specific Covid-19 and Mental Health awareness workshops to support both individuals and employers alike. This workshop is delivered online and deals with the role that mental health training can play in helping yourself and others as we come out of lockdown.

We also offer a number of courses to you including half day, one day and two day Mental Health awareness courses to our Mental Health First Aid England products, we have a session to suit, we can guarantee this.

We can deliver Mental Health First Aid and Awareness Training to our fellow members and as a member of Social Enterprise UK, you can benefit from a 5% discount.

Please email Caroline@abclifesupport.co.uk to find out what courses we have on offer and use the code SOCENT20.