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Mental Health First Aid

The Adult MHFA Two Day course qualifies learners as a Mental Health First Aider

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Our Mental Health First Aid Instructors are registered by MHFA England to deliver this course. The course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches managers and staff how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support, reassurance, and guide people to the help they may need on first aid basis.
MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

This course has been developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England). It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.
This empowers both individuals and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery. It will help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health. Learn more about this MHFA Two Day course

Every Mental Health First Aid course is delivered by Mental Health First Aid Instructors who are registered by MHFA England to deliver the accredited courses. Only certificated MHFA Instructors can teach these courses.

Only certificated instructors can teach this course.

Alternative Mental Health First Aid England accredited course also available

MHFA Champion

Developed by MHFA England, this one-day course is ideal for line manager and anyone with people management responsibilities. It provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to effectively support those experiencing distress.

This empowers both individuals and communities to understand the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and how best to support themselves and those around them in recovery. It will help reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health

For more information to become an MHFA Champion

Mental Health Aware

This half day course is an introductory four-hour session to raise awareness of mental health. Developed by MHFA England the course gives learners a basic knowledge of common mental health issues.

For more information to become Mental Health Aware

More public course coming soon. In-House Group Training is also available.
To book a course or for more information please call

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Beat the January Blues

R.E.D JAUNARY is a movement helping to raise awareness and support for mental health, through the power of exercise.
In partnership with the charity Mind it also encourages people to raise money for the charity as well as raising the awareness of mental health issues and promote the positive impact that exercise can have on wellbeing.

What is RED January?

Originally the RED stands Run Every Day but now it is more inclusive to encourage people of all ages to get more active in January. There are no rules and no judgements you can do any exercise and how far you want.

The emphasis is on any exercise and to celebrate every achievement, no matter how large or small.

RED January can provide you with a goal and a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on.

Why January?

Dark nights, freezing cold, ice, snow, bitter wind and muddy puddles.
While you are tying up your laces and looking for your glove sand bobble hat the question you often ask yourself. Why January!??

Firstly, After the expense of Christmas…its free to take part.
Secondly, It is a great way to start the year!  Each tick on your chart adding a days activity is empowering.
Great community spirt. Facebook groups encouragement is amazing, also a place for people to share how they are feeling.
A good focus to get thought what can be for some a tough month.
It is forming healthy habits to continue throughout the year.

87% of REDers felt significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018*

*according to the post RED January 2018 survey.
Team Donkin

In 2018 We have a team of 16 family members from the age of 10 to late seventies, running, walking and cycling in the UK and Australia. We raised £1225. We also had great fun encouraging each other and posting photos mainly looking cold and muddy!

I ran into work most days, and so many people asked why I was running.  It was definitely a good way to bring mental health awareness to the workplace and start the conversation.

It’s a great way to start the year, but it can be tough some days to find the time or motivation. January seemed a VERY LONG month!

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Top employers press Government on Mental Health

Where’s Your Head At is a campaign which will improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce.

The campaign is to change work place law so that employees have their mental health equality safeguarded as they do their physical health. The campaign is asking the government to make it compulsory for workers to have colleagues trained in Mental health support and awareness.

 

Who Supports Where’s Your Head At?

‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE, MHFA England and Bauer Media, and has received cross-party backing.
On 8th October 2018 to mark mental health awareness day a petition with over 200,000 public signatures to was presented to Downing Street.

A specially-commissioned study by Bauer showed that half of employees who have taken time off work for a mental health issue told their boss it was for a different reason.

Where’s Your Head At Open Later

On November 18th an Open Letter from by industry leaders from across business, including Lord Sugar and bosses from Thames Water and Ford of Britain was deliver to downing street.
To read the letter

At the last general election, the Conservatives said they would amend health and safety rules so employers would have to treat mental health the same way they treat physical health, the letter is asking Theresa May to asking her to prioritise this pledge.

Evidence also shows that the earlier a mental health issue – like stress, anxiety or depression – is detected the easier it is to manage and treat.

One in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress. Mental health issues are also estimated to cost the UK economy almost £35 billion every year and 15.4 million working days are lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. 

The companies behind the letter contend the change in the law would help break the stigma of mental illness at work and make it easier for staff to talk about your mental health at work and ensure staff are supported correctly.

For more information about mental health in the workplace

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Are you OK? As Twice

Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems, it is organised by Rethink Mental Illness and Mind.

 

Along with the popular campaign Ask Twice there is an annual Time to Talk Day in February bringing the message to peoples forefront.

Time to Change objective are to end the stigma and discrimination and improve public attitudes and behaviour towards experienced by people with mental health problems. Help people with mental health problems suffering from discrimination and show them how to take action and to challenge stigma.

Ask Twice Campaign

‘We all hear it dozens of times a day, “How are you?”, “Fine thanks, how are you?” ‘Our research shows that, as a nation, we find it hard to answer honestly. ‘This could mean someone close to you is struggling with their mental health – they might just be waiting for your cue to talk about it. ‘Asking twice is a simple, effective way to show our friends and family members that we are asking for real; that we are ready to listen, whether that’s now or whenever they’re ready.”

Jo Loughran, director of Time to Change

Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year. No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem.

Time to Change tips on how to help a friend who opens up 

1. Take it seriously 

Opening up about how you really feel can be embarrassing so don’t laugh or act like it’s a joke. Listen to everything they have to say. It can feel embarrassing and exposing to talk about your thoughts and feelings, especially if they’re disturbing. Don’t laugh or treat it like a joke. However strange it might seem to you, remember it’s real to them. 

2. Listen and reflect 

You don’t have to have all the answers – just listening can make a big difference. Try to show that you’re taking on board what they’re saying. You can do this by reflecting – that is, saying something simple like ‘that sounds really difficult’. You could also say something like ‘thanks for telling me’, to show that you appreciate having the conversation. 

3. Ask questions 

We worry about prying when it comes to others’ mental health, but it’s better to ask questions. Some of the questions you might ask: ‘What does it feel like?’ ‘What kind of thoughts are you having?’ ‘How can I help?’ 

4. Don’t try to fix it 

It’s human nature to want to fix things, but expecting things to change right away isn’t helpful. It’s not your job to make their mental health problem go away – it’s often more helpful just to listen, ask open questions and do things you’d normally do together. 

5. Build your knowledge 

You might find it helpful to learn a bit more about what they’re going through. If they mention a specific diagnosis, you could learn more about it and read personal stories by people who have experienced similar things. You might want to learn about the professional help that’s available to them and suggest that they explore those options.

Get Involved

There are many way to get involved, at work, schools or in the wider community.
Become time to change champion or arrange local hub

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Report finds ‘presenteeism’ has more than tripled since 2010

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in partnership Simplyhealth have produced a new Health and well-being at work Report.

Below are the key finding and some shocking results to the survey.

The report finds that ‘presenteeism’ (or people coming in to work sick) has more than tripled since 2010. We also found that 69% of respondents reported that ‘leaveism’ (or people using assigned time off in order to get work done) has occurred in their organisation in the last 12 months. Despite these alarming findings, only a minority of organisations are taking steps to challenge these unhealthy working behaviours.

For more information about Wellbeing at work from CIPD