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By Spencers Solicitors

  Lynn Collins    
  May 28, 2020

Mental Health in the Workplace

1 in 4 people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime

Whether work is causing the issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees.

Where a risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove it, or reduce it as far as reasonably practicable.

Mental Health

What is First Aid for Mental Health Training?

It is the initial support provided to a person experiencing a mental health problem until professional help is received or until the crisis is resolved with intent to:

  1. Preserve life where someone could be a danger to themselves or others
  2. Alleviate suffering by providing immediate comfort and support
  3. Prevent the condition from developing into a more serious problem
  4. Promote recovery of good mental health by signposting and obtaining professional support

What is the role of a mental health first aider in the workplace?

  • The main point of contact for anyone who is going through any mental health problem
  • Identifying the early signs and symptoms of ill health
  • Start supportive conversations with people experiencing problems with their mental health
  • Listen non-judgementally and provide reassurance
  • Assess the risk of self- harm and suicide
  • Reduce the stigma attached to mental health
  • Maintain confidentiality and provide and ongoing supportive working environment

If you are interested in becoming a Mental health first aider yourself, or getting employees trained in Mental health awareness and becoming First- Aiders we have various accredited courses available to get you equipped, at competitive prices.

NEW! We can now deliver these virtually in line with the current restrictions, so no need to wait until the ‘new normal!’ contact lynn.collins@spencerssolicitors.com

Our First Aid for Mental Health Training Courses

First Aid for Mental Health - FAA
Level 1 Award

4 hours

First Aid for Mental Health - FAA
Level 2 Award

1 day

Supervising First Aid for Mental Health - FAA
Level 3 Award

2 day


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