As part of our work as Scotland’s first social enterprise, tackling stress prevention and early intervention in the workplace, we strive to provide the best quality mental health education which includes Mental Health First Aid.
In today’s stressful world, it is more important than ever that workplaces should promote good mental health amongst their employees, as it’s proven that this, alongside early intervention, can prevent mental illnesses, but it’s also important that people have the tools to support those around them with mental health issues.
We are currently piloting some workshops with the aim of supporting organisations in drawing up a framework to implement and support workplace Mental Health First Aiders.
This framework can be used no matter why type of mental health training has been implemented in the workplace. The most commonly known and delivered is Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, but this is more about what’s most appropriate for your organisation and how this can be adapted.
The Mental Health First Aider must:
1. The workplace’s commitment to cultivating a workplace where:
♦ The organisational culture encourages a positive and supportive attitude toward mental health and wellbeing.
♦ Mental health problems are understood without stigma.
♦ Worker-wellbeing is paramount.
♦ Workers know how to respond appropriately and effectively to people with mental health problems
2. The role of a Mental Health First Aider.
3. The importance and limits of confidentiality.
When implementing this framework, workplaces need to consider:
♦ The training received including delivery method, logistics, costs, availability, and target group.
♦ The workplace’s size and needs (e.g. could the nature of the work potentiality increase the chance of workers experiencing mental health problems?)
♦ Whether the workplace requires assistance to prepare a framework from Occupational Health and Safety advisers or legal advisers.
It is the responsibility of the employer to:
We are currently developing a Mental Health First Aid Champion programme with Apex City Hotels, running pilot workshops and creating the structure of how it will work in practice. We will use the learnings from this and turn it into an additional service that we can provide.
Simply get in touch to register your interest for running this programme in 2019.