With poor mental health now being the number one reason for staff absence in the UK, it’s no great surprise that a national, more formal approach to addressing this huge problem has been introduced. Long-term, the presence of a mental health first aider in every workplace will become a necessary requirement for all businesses and organisations. Individuals from within the business will be trained and equipped in much the same way as is currently done with physical health first aiders. We have little doubt that the benefits businesses will experience as a result of increased staff wellbeing will far out weigh any costs associated with the training of mental health first aiders.
We have many testimonials here is one from the HR Team Manager Liz Woods at Nagel-Group | Nagel Langdons Ltd
“Having worked with Becky over the last 2 years as part of our Mindful Employer membership and her company providing counselling services to our staff following traumatic incidents, she was the natural choice to deliver our Mental Health Awareness training programme. Becky has always been flexible and responsive to our requirements and seeks to fully understand the challenges of our industry to ensure the training is topical and engaging for our audience. It is obviously a new and very challenging area for many of our staff, who have historically not been encouraged to open up about their feelings and to look after their emotional and mental wellbeing. We seek to be an employer of choice by fully supporting our staff in their roles and Becky has received such positive feedback from our delegates who have been able to attend her training sessions which has been so positive to hear.
We are committed to building on what we have done so far and by strong partnership working with Becky, we have full confidence that we will be able to promote the right culture in which our people feel able to ask for help and take the right course of action even when they are struggling.”