Back in December, Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) delivered a two day course to selected APM staff giving them the ability to better support colleagues and clients with mental health issues.
The course was delivered in the APM’s Newtown office and was attended by a mix of people from HR, support services and front line services.
As a Mindful employer, APM is in full support MHFA England’s mission to train one in ten of the population in England as Mental Health First Aiders. In the same way individuals undertake a first aid course to help people when they are having a physical crisis, MHFA have the vision to train people as Mental Health First Aiders to provide people with the skills to support someone when they are having a mental health issue/crisis.
This campaign aims to educate and empower people to care for themselves and others, reduce the stigma attached to mental health and break down barriers in the community by supporting individuals through understanding, helping more people to stay well and to thrive.
Megan Cooper, APM Business Development Manager, was one of the first to attend. She said “The course is fantastic for all, regardless of role. A number of colleagues who offer front line support commented that it would be very helpful as they deal with high numbers of people with mental health issues. Although I don’t do a front line role, I still feel as though the skills gained will be valuable for everyday life, whether in work, at home, or day to day.”
The two day course provided attendees with the following:
- 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
- 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 of solutions
Megan added “I would highly recommend the course to anyone who gets the opportunity to go on it as the learning and experience it gives you could prove invaluable. It provides you with enough knowledge to empower you to offer support whilst keeping yourself safe.”
For more information: https://mhfaengland.org/