The importance of mental health training for SME owners

October 4, 2019 1:05 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Over the past few years, people have become more and more open about mental health and wellbeing. This is slowly feeding into the workplace, whether it be recognising the need for mental health first aid training or encouraging work-life balance and other benefits that supports the wellbeing of employees.

Wellbeing at work

We live in an ever-changing, volatile and chaotic world so its stands to reason that a person’s mental health may be more affected. Mental health and wellbeing are becoming more prominent in all areas of life, and rightly so, therefore it’s crucial that your leaders have the skills to ensure their people are as healthy as they can be. Often however, leaders don’t feel equipped with the right and necessary skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, open up non-judgemental internal communications and offer guidance towards the right support. 

In a small or medium business, people are the foundation of the entire operation. If they’re unable to do their job, then the consequences can be severe. Having the know-how to ensure your employees can be at their best mentally and physically is crucial and a huge part of that is being aware of mental health and picking up on signs of a crisis before it occurs. 

A head-on approach

As we look to the workforce of the future – and present – it’s essential that all businesses, small and large, are putting support systems in place to build employees’ confidence to have open conversations around mental health, empower people with long term mental health issues and promote a mentally healthy environment. 

There are a multitude of potential consequences for businesses that don’t take their own or their staff’s mental health seriously, including:

  • Increase in absenteeism
  • Increase in presenteeism
  • Decrease in productivity
  • Increase in staff turnover
  • Increase in long-term illnesses leading to long-term absence.

The first step to doing so is providing leaders with the appropriate training so they can confidently provide support to their team now and in the future. Becoming an accredited Mental Health First Aider can be a simple and effective way of helping leaders learn more about mental health and how to approach it in the workplace. Becoming a Mental Health First Aider comes with many benefits but ultimately, allows the business to be prepared if the matter arises within the workplace. As a Mental Health First Aider, you will have had the sufficient training to be able to devise a Mental Health First Aid Plan of Action which will help a person in distress. 

Our two-day Mental Health First Aid course is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England and is ideal for leaders wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of mental health within the context of workplace wellbeing. 

Leaders will gain…

  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • The confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix.

Learning takes place across four manageable sessions in small groups of up to 16, to ensure everyone feels safe and supported. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid model, incorporating group activities, presentations and discussions. 

The course will be facilitated by qualified MHFA instructor and associate director at andpartnership, Lee Morris. Lee said:

“I’m a Mental Health First Aider and have been able to use the skills and knowledge I learned on the course in a number of real life situations. I feel confident that I can have effective conversations and provide appropriate support.

Everyone who completes the course will be qualified as a Mental Health First Aider, and it will be a fantastic opportunity to develop a leadership toolkit and deepen individual’s understanding of wellbeing quickly and affordably.

Look out for more information on our upcoming courses.

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This post was written by Lee Morris

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