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Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognised training initiative designed to raise awareness, understanding and confidence.
The Critical Incident Debrief (CID) is recommended following traumatic events to provide protected time for emotional processing.
Continued support and supervision promotes positive workplace wellbeing. Enhance performance by investing in mental health provision for staff.
Sustain productivity and morale by creating a safe and healthy working environment. Understand how to approach conflict in a timely and non-confrontational manner.
Mental health expertise to support organisational strategy, growth and wellbeing. Ensure policies are staff friendly and commensurate with legislation.
Provide regular and reliable support to meet the needs of employees. Mental health clinics serve as a preventative and proactive measure to optimise wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) offers employers and organisations a starting point for workplace wellbeing. MHFA has created a range of courses to suit a variety of needs that will promote the development of a healthy workforce yielding increased productivity and reduced absence.
The HSE is taking a significant interest in mental health training and it is hoped that it will become mandatory in the future, for now it is a positive and important step forward for responsible employers. MHFA and the UK Government are looking towards parity of esteem with physical first aid so that Mental Health First Aiders will be identified within work settings in the same way that other first aiders are - an essential point of contact and support for employees who may be struggling with mental health issues. Mental health awareness in the work place is gathering momentum, identifying Mental Health First Aiders amongst your workforce will empower staff to seek support in a timely manner and support the cause to prevent workplace stress and sickness.
In public facing industries MHFA training provides additional value by improving the working knowledge and confidence of your team to respond to unexpected situations at a customer services level as well as being central to the welfare of your workforce. Continuum is committed to promoting mental health literacy and dialogue within your organisation.
Keeping mental health on the training agenda marks an important step in a wider initiative for organisations to implement a cultural shift in staff wellbeing strategies. At Continuum we advocate an organisational approach encompassing comprehensive mental health support across whole staffing structures. Such an endeavour would incorporate ongoing specialised supervision for Mental Health First Aiders to ensure that a framework for appropriate support is available to provide continued learning, development and reflection.
The business case for for endorsing positive mental health at work is clearly outlined by MHFA who present a compelling argument in favour of putting into practice a robust wellbeing agenda.
Having sat on the 2 day Mental Health course that was facilitated by Continuum, I found myself re-evaluating my attitude toward mental health and my awareness of this very real issue. The course was insightful and delivered in a way that was completely engaging from start to finish. The course effectively addressed identifying the signs and signals of someone who may be affected by mental health issues and how assistance can be offered to those in need. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who has a responsibility for others in the workplace or even just to broaden their own awareness."Adrian PulhamManaging Director
I found the Continuum team to be knowledgable, warm and understanding towards all delegates. A safe space was created for everyone to open up about personal opinions, challenges and experiences around mental health in order to understand and to learn how recognise their own struggles but more importantly others within the work place. The feedback from our teams was very positive and we would highly recommend Mental Health First Aid as an important component of ensuring staff welfare."Charlotte BryantDirector
Following an incident involving serious injury to my workforce I arranged for the team at Continuum to deliver a Critical Incident Debrief. My staff were suffering from varying degrees of shock and trauma and as the Managing Director I felt ultimate responsibility for their welfare. This event served as a powerful reminder of the real and potential dangers involved in the industry. I was impressed by the facilitators as they effectively guided my team through the process with great sensitivity and expertise. After explaining the debrief the scene was set to optimise a comfortable and safe environment in which participants could openly express their feelings about the incident."ArborforceMananging Director