Mental health awareness is a topic of conversion that has always been prevalent here at Eclipse. Everyone has different experiences with their mental health and for many people, it can be a daily struggle. Supporting the health and well-being of our team members has never been more important.
Last week two members of the Eclipse team, Laura and Steve attended a two-day mental health first aid course with St John’s Ambulance.
What is the Mental Health First Aid Course?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a globally recognised training programme that teaches people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental illness and give first-aid treatment. MHFA educates people on how to recognise critical warning signs of mental illness and how to confidently assist someone to proper help, much like physical first aid.
What is the role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace?
The role of mental health first aider in the workplace is to act as a point of contact for the team. Their role is not to replace the role of a doctor or therapist but rather to offer a judgement-free space for their colleague where they can offer advice to the person on where to find further help if required.
What are the key takeaways from the Mental Health First Aid Course?
During their two days of intensive training, Laura and Steve developed an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. Key aspects of the course included learning about the different types of mental health disorders, what a mental health emergency can consist of and how to respond, the skills that are needed to help a colleague that may be struggling and what help and support are available should they need to refer their colleague on.
After the completion of their course, Laura and Steve have been proactive in their approach to spreading awareness about mental health in the workplace. They have started working on an updated company wellbeing policy, placed posters with their contact details around the building and handed out information sheets detailing websites and contact numbers to use if you are suffering from your mental health.
How are we going to continue to develop our staff wellbeing policy in the future?
As a company, we will continue to develop our staff wellbeing policy and work towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. We plan to continue the conversation about mental health awareness and will be sending another two staff members on the mental health first aid course later on in the year. We are also organising a mental health awareness training session for all of our staff to take part in.