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Workplace Mental Health Training from MHFA or Not…

Should employers use MHFA England?

When it comes to MHFA England and mental health in the workplace there are lots of differing opinions about which is the best way to approach reducing the stigma around mental health, and also help employees cope with their own low level mental health issues.

The big debate…

If you are a regular user of LInkedin then you may be aware of the debate that rages over whether MHFA England are doing a good job or simply ticking boxes. There seems to be an even split of opinions either for or against their effectiveness.

So who is right?

MHFA undoubtably do a very good job of raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, they also train employees to be mental health first aiders. These services certainly help to reassure the workforce that action is being taken and that the management are looking after them by investing in their wellbeing.

In the other camp are the people who are critical of MHFA and their effectiveness.

They maintain that simply raising awareness is not enough, they are doubtful that an employee can be trained as a mental health first aider in just six short days to a good enough standard help a fellow employee that has a mental health issue.

If an employee can’t be helped by a mental health first aider (and many aren’t), then they are signposted to the already stretched NHS for help. Employers suffer downtime, and in some cases even lose a valued employee, with all the associated recruitment and training costs.

So what is the answer?

In truth there probably isn’t one.

No one has the solution to this extremely complicated and complex issue.

What is needed is a joined up approach, a balance of raising awareness and also providing employees with the skills required to help themselves through low level mental health issues.

How would that work in practise?

There are many smaller training companies, staffed and run by excellent trainers, who have innovative and effective programs that can and do train people in the workplace to manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

Sadly there is no way that many of these companies can get a look in whilst MHFA almost has a monopoly on mental health training.

MHFA has enormous resources, influence and contacts. They are a high profile organisation that has the ears of many of the influencers in this arena.

If MHFA aren’t doing something or getting behind it then it’s not going to happen, not without a huge budget, which most smaller mental health training companies don’t have access to.

What would work?

A joined up scheme where awareness and first aid training is carried out by MHFA, and then the void is filled by training employees to manage their mental health and wellbeing by the smaller providers.

This needs joined up thinking by all parties, working together to provide a better solution to the current mental health crisis we are experiencing in the workplace, and in the wider general population as well.

Most, if not all trainers have first hand knowledge of what it is like to suffer a mental health condition, and really do care about the quality of the training they provide, wanting more than anything to help people and make a real difference.

How do we get this to happen?

This is a question I have been asking for some time now, and I still don’t have an answer?

What I do know is we need to start a dialogue with the movers and shakers, the influencers, the people that can make something different happen.

We need to stop the animosity from both camps and get them talking, and it needs to happen soon, before the situation gets any worse, because as far as I can see it certainly is not getting any better.

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 employees 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.

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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Should employers use MHFA England?

When it comes to MHFA England and mental health in the workplace there are lots of differing opinions about which is the best way to approach reducing the stigma around mental health, and also help employees cope with their own low level mental health issues.

The big debate…

If you are a regular user of LInkedin then you may be aware of the debate that rages over whether MHFA England are doing a good job or simply ticking boxes. There seems to be an even split of opinions either for or against their effectiveness.

So who is right?

MHFA undoubtably do a very good job of raising awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, they also train employees to be mental health first aiders. These services certainly help to reassure the workforce that action is being taken and that the management are looking after them by investing in their wellbeing.

In the other camp are the people who are critical of MHFA and their effectiveness.

They maintain that simply raising awareness is not enough, they are doubtful that an employee can be trained as a mental health first aider in just six short days to a good enough standard help a fellow employee that has a mental health issue.

If an employee can’t be helped by a mental health first aider (and many aren’t), then they are signposted to the already stretched NHS for help. Employers suffer downtime, and in some cases even lose a valued employee, with all the associated recruitment and training costs.

So what is the answer?

In truth there probably isn’t one.

No one has the solution to this extremely complicated and complex issue.

What is needed is a joined up approach, a balance of raising awareness and also providing employees with the skills required to help themselves through low level mental health issues.

How would that work in practise?

There are many smaller training companies, staffed and run by excellent trainers, who have innovative and effective programs that can and do train people in the workplace to manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

Sadly there is no way that many of these companies can get a look in whilst MHFA almost has a monopoly on mental health training.

MHFA has enormous resources, influence and contacts. They are a high profile organisation that has the ears of many of the influencers in this arena.

If MHFA aren’t doing something or getting behind it then it’s not going to happen, not without a huge budget, which most smaller mental health training companies don’t have access to.

What would work?

A joined up scheme where awareness and first aid training is carried out by MHFA, and then the void is filled by training employees to manage their mental health and wellbeing by the smaller providers.

This needs joined up thinking by all parties, working together to provide a better solution to the current mental health crisis we are experiencing in the workplace, and in the wider general population as well.

Most, if not all trainers have first hand knowledge of what it is like to suffer a mental health condition, and really do care about the quality of the training they provide, wanting more than anything to help people and make a real difference.

How do we get this to happen?

This is a question I have been asking for some time now, and I still don’t have an answer?

What I do know is we need to start a dialogue with the movers and shakers, the influencers, the people that can make something different happen.

We need to stop the animosity from both camps and get them talking, and it needs to happen soon, before the situation gets any worse, because as far as I can see it certainly is not getting any better.

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 employees 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.

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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