Did you know that 1 in 4 adults in the UK experience mental illness at some point in their life? Were you aware that nearly 6,000 suicides were recorded in Great Britain in 2017? They’re disturbing statistics that highlight just how big a need there is for professional mental health support to be available to those who need it.
The UK workplace is an area of society that’s particularly crying out for greater support. Contrary to what many believe, mental ill health doesn’t just have an effect on a person’s personal life, it also has a drastic effect on their professional life – mental health conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression, are accountable for around 91 million lost working days a year – which inevitably has an undesired impact on the productivity and capital on thousands of businesses.
However, by having the appropriate measures in place, organisations of all sizes and in all industries can help to combat the mental health battle.
Training a member of staff to become a Mental Health First Aider, for example, has proved to be an effective solution for improving the support on offer to employees.
What is a Mental Health First Aider?
Mental Health First Aiders are trained in all key areas of mental illness, and as well as being the go-to person for all mental health issues, they help to identify when someone is starting to develop an ill mental condition and intervene before it escalates.
Why Do All Organisations and Companies Need Mental Health First Aiders?
Although mental health first aid isn’t a legal requirement, investing in the training is an invaluable investment into the health and welfare of your team. Every organisation in the UK is affected by mental health in some form or another, so it’s absolutely vital that the right support is offered.
Studies have shown mental health conditions cost UK employers over £34 billion each year (mainly due to reduced productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover), which is the equivalent of approximately £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. This is an incredibly high number and one that shocks nearly all employers, but it can be greatly reduced by simply offering the right guidance.
Benefits of Mental Health First Aiders
Multiple employers up and down the country have started to reap the benefits of adding a Mental Health First Aider to their management team. Here are just some of their perks –
- Employees are happier, more engaged and more productive while at work, giving them a much better chance of fulfilling their potential which therefore benefits both the individual and business.
- Enable employees with long term mental health issues to thrive in work.
- Staff become more comfortable reporting their mental health issues.
- Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health.
- Reduced patterns of absences.
- Encourage staff to access support when it’s needed. This in turn helps for a faster recovery.
- The increased awareness of mental health enables staff to notice potential issues much sooner.
How to Become a Mental Health First Aider
Here at Infinite Solutions, we specialise in offering a range of industry recognised Mental Health First Aid courses that help you to proactively manage wellbeing and reduce the impact of mental health both during work and in day-to-day life.
Our courses are designed to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, recognise the symptoms of mental health early so that those who are affected receive the right support and raise awareness of conditions that people might not be aware of.
We offer three Mental Health First Aid courses, all of which can be delivered from your place of work or organisation at times and dates to suit you:
- QNUK Level 1 Mental Health First Aid Awareness
- QNUK Level 2 Mental Health First Aid
- QNUK Level 3 Supervising Mental Health First Aid
All courses are delivered by our fully qualified and experienced instructors.
Get Started with Infinite Solutions
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your workplace take a positive step in the battle against mental health issues, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our friendly team today. We’ll be more than happy to talk you through the different courses in more detail or answer any queries you may have.