On Monday July 29 DHU Health Care’s first group of Mental Health First Aiders received their certificates at the Johnson Building, Derby.
Six staff from across the company attended the course, and were awarded the FAA Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1 RQF). They can now use their new skills in the workplace and can help colleagues with a mental health issue to receive the support they need to recover or manage their symptoms.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an globally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to help a person who may be developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or be in a mental health crisis.
Like traditional first aid, MHFA is an immediate intervention which allows students to better recognise mental health issues and support colleagues by signposting them to additional help.
Jonte Thomson, DHU HR Training Consultant, who delivers the MHFA courses said: “Delivering some subjects can be a challenge, but it’s always great to deliver a course that the delegates feel invested in from the start. People do open up once they realise that it’s ok to talk about Mental Health.”
DHU Health Care understands that employees often face issues and challenges which can have an impact physically, mentally and socially in their lives. To improve overall wellbeing, the company has recently taken on a Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Co-ordinator and continue to implement new initiatives such as the development of the MHFA course.
Victoria Searby, Interim Director of Finance, said: “The course was really beneficial to all levels of staff, in particular senior managers and executives. It should be mandatory, as there are so many people out there with mental health issues.
“People shouldn’t be afraid to come forward and raise issues. I’ve had panic attacks, so it was really good to come to this type of course and get support from people. There have been stigmas around mental health for a number of years and the way the company is dealing with it and championing this kind of environment is really positive.”
The 1 day MHFA course is open to people outside the company, you can find out more and register here.