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Is Mental Health Training Effective?

How effective is Mental Health Training in The Workplace?

Today’s post about Mental Health Training is written by a guest blogger – David Welham – a Mental Health Ambassador and First Aider whose mission is to Change Perceptions and Stop The Stigma.

I recently connected with David on Linkedin, and with his passion as a Mental Health Ambassador, I was interested to hear his opinions on Mental Health Training in the Workplace.

I asked him for his opinion about whether it was worth businesses spending money training their employees?  And does it really make a significant difference to the employees?

Read on to find out what David thinks…

I know that businesses are putting Mental Health at the top of their agenda but how effective is Mental Health First Aid Training in the Workplace?

This is a question that I would like look into further as I completed the course several months ago. Firstly, it is right to say that Mental Health First Aid Training is not a substitute for Mental Health experts, and in my opinion, it is for improving knowledge and awareness.

In the UK, there are many people with a long-term mental health problem who lose their jobs each year and at a much higher rate than those with physical health conditions.

The cost to employers is huge both financially and in the costs of presenteeism, that is when individuals come to work and are much less productive as a result of their health condition. According to Public Health England, a programme designed to deliver better Mental Health and Wellbeing at work, training has a significant return on investment of £2.37 for every £1 invested, for businesses employing 500 people.

Since doing the training I have been much more aware of my own Mental Health.  How to manage when things are not ok, and also be able to recognise when other colleagues Mental Health is not good. I read a lot about how Mental Health Training is not the answer. But I disagree, as I think it is important that all companies have a Mental Health First Aider. 

A colleague who took the Mental Health Training felt that they had been able to manage their Mental Health better than ever and that it had allowed him to help others in his department with suggestions on helping with triggers and solutions as well. This colleague had been really struggling to know how to deal with Mental Ill-Health and just by talking about it had made him understand that he was not alone.

I have seen the whole conversation around Mental Health change because of the training, and also the influence on departments that have a Mental Health First Aider. With people saying how they felt, and having more openness about Mental Health. The other day I had a talk with someone who asked if I was ok, and when I said that no I was not having a good time, they not only were supportive but also said that felt so much better by hearing how I felt on a particular day.

In my opinion, it is important to see that you are not alone in the workplace, and to feel that you won’t be judged, that you will be treated with respect, and offered the right support and signposted for the best chance of recovery. Now I am in recovery but will always have days when things are not quite right when my Mental Health needs help, and having the training has given me a better awareness of my own Mental Health. 

Since having the training to be a Mental Health First Aider I have been much more encouraging for others to speak about their own Mental Health, and helping them realise that Mental Health is as important as physical health. Now I have begun to introduce walks so that time is spent away from the desk, and a place of calm is taken so that my mind can refocus on what is important to me. The result is that I am able to come back to the office fresher, and ready for the challenges that are set for me and my colleagues.

Going back to whether I think that Mental Health Training is effective in the Workplace. I would say that it is up to a point for making us aware of our own Mental Health and also knowing where to go for support.

However, we still have a long way to go before Mental Health in the Workplace is given the same importance as physical health. It is also important that people at work are confident to speak to their Line Managers if they need to have a day off can say truthfully that it is because of Mental Ill Health Issues, and not have to say that it’s because of sickness etc. 

This means that we have to continue with Mental Health Training and Education, which could take many years to achieve.

David Welham

David has written articles for Mental Health charities to raise mental health awareness. He has also delivered talks to inspire, change perceptions and stop stigma. He has also promoted events to make people aware of the importance of looking after their mental health.

 

What The Mental Health Initiative do…

The Mental Health Initiative consultants work with all kinds of people in business and education.

We help people to self manage their mental health with training, coaching, and mentoring, in all types of professional and high-performance environments.

Many years of experience have taught us that an organisation is only as good as its management and staff, so we put people first. Helping people to self-manage their mental health benefits both them and their company. We have found time and time again that productivity and performance increase exponentially as your employee’s personal development and ability to self-manage their own mental health grows.

For more information about our mental health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

 

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Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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How effective is Mental Health Training in The Workplace?

Today’s post about Mental Health Training is written by a guest blogger – David Welham – a Mental Health Ambassador and First Aider whose mission is to Change Perceptions and Stop The Stigma.

I recently connected with David on Linkedin, and with his passion as a Mental Health Ambassador, I was interested to hear his opinions on Mental Health Training in the Workplace.

I asked him for his opinion about whether it was worth businesses spending money training their employees?  And does it really make a significant difference to the employees?

Read on to find out what David thinks…

I know that businesses are putting Mental Health at the top of their agenda but how effective is Mental Health First Aid Training in the Workplace?

This is a question that I would like look into further as I completed the course several months ago. Firstly, it is right to say that Mental Health First Aid Training is not a substitute for Mental Health experts, and in my opinion, it is for improving knowledge and awareness.

In the UK, there are many people with a long-term mental health problem who lose their jobs each year and at a much higher rate than those with physical health conditions.

The cost to employers is huge both financially and in the costs of presenteeism, that is when individuals come to work and are much less productive as a result of their health condition. According to Public Health England, a programme designed to deliver better Mental Health and Wellbeing at work, training has a significant return on investment of £2.37 for every £1 invested, for businesses employing 500 people.

Since doing the training I have been much more aware of my own Mental Health.  How to manage when things are not ok, and also be able to recognise when other colleagues Mental Health is not good. I read a lot about how Mental Health Training is not the answer. But I disagree, as I think it is important that all companies have a Mental Health First Aider. 

A colleague who took the Mental Health Training felt that they had been able to manage their Mental Health better than ever and that it had allowed him to help others in his department with suggestions on helping with triggers and solutions as well. This colleague had been really struggling to know how to deal with Mental Ill-Health and just by talking about it had made him understand that he was not alone.

I have seen the whole conversation around Mental Health change because of the training, and also the influence on departments that have a Mental Health First Aider. With people saying how they felt, and having more openness about Mental Health. The other day I had a talk with someone who asked if I was ok, and when I said that no I was not having a good time, they not only were supportive but also said that felt so much better by hearing how I felt on a particular day.

In my opinion, it is important to see that you are not alone in the workplace, and to feel that you won’t be judged, that you will be treated with respect, and offered the right support and signposted for the best chance of recovery. Now I am in recovery but will always have days when things are not quite right when my Mental Health needs help, and having the training has given me a better awareness of my own Mental Health. 

Since having the training to be a Mental Health First Aider I have been much more encouraging for others to speak about their own Mental Health, and helping them realise that Mental Health is as important as physical health. Now I have begun to introduce walks so that time is spent away from the desk, and a place of calm is taken so that my mind can refocus on what is important to me. The result is that I am able to come back to the office fresher, and ready for the challenges that are set for me and my colleagues.

Going back to whether I think that Mental Health Training is effective in the Workplace. I would say that it is up to a point for making us aware of our own Mental Health and also knowing where to go for support.

However, we still have a long way to go before Mental Health in the Workplace is given the same importance as physical health. It is also important that people at work are confident to speak to their Line Managers if they need to have a day off can say truthfully that it is because of Mental Ill Health Issues, and not have to say that it’s because of sickness etc. 

This means that we have to continue with Mental Health Training and Education, which could take many years to achieve.

David Welham

David has written articles for Mental Health charities to raise mental health awareness. He has also delivered talks to inspire, change perceptions and stop stigma. He has also promoted events to make people aware of the importance of looking after their mental health.

 

What The Mental Health Initiative do…

The Mental Health Initiative consultants work with all kinds of people in business and education.

We help people to self manage their mental health with training, coaching, and mentoring, in all types of professional and high-performance environments.

Many years of experience have taught us that an organisation is only as good as its management and staff, so we put people first. Helping people to self-manage their mental health benefits both them and their company. We have found time and time again that productivity and performance increase exponentially as your employee’s personal development and ability to self-manage their own mental health grows.

For more information about our mental health services, or to find out how we can help you or your business please feel free to contact us by clicking on this link.

 

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Graham

Graham Parish is an experienced Mind Management Specialist. He enjoys working with companies, SME businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organisations to help them exceed their expectations. helping them to unlock their real potential, and gain unshakeable confidence even under the most severe pressure.

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