Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised programme ideal for HR practitioners, managers, employees, volunteers or anyone with an interest in mental wellbeing.
MHFA is valuable in providing information on a range of mental health problems, along with reducing stigma and encouraging early intervention. MHFA does not intend to train people to become therapists, but to provide them with knowledge of the first signs and symptoms of a range of mental health problems, and the confidence to intervene when a problem is observed – in the same way that they might in physical First Aid programmes. Once your employees have been through the course they are able to call themselves Mental Health First Aiders.
The aims of MHFA are:
- To pre-empt work related stress, anxiety and depression
- To prevent mental health problems becoming more serious
- To promote recovery
- To provide support to an employee experiencing mental health problems
- To raise awareness of mental health problems in the community and in the workplace
- To reduce stigma and discrimination
- To preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others