As common as physical First Aid is throughout the modern workplace – with dedicated training and provision of medical equipment – the same cannot be said for the care of personnel who may be developing mental health issues.
Recognised internationally, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is not intended to offer training in comprehensive diagnosis or treatment, but gives people the ability to identify a need and offer primary support until suitable qualified assistance can be organised.
The indicators of mental ill health can prove elusive to identify, so MHFA training provides guidance to recognise the warning signs and instils confidence to signpost someone to the appropriate expert or organisation.
James Cropper plc has made a commitment to embed MHFA within the Group and since October 2018, over fifty employees representing all divisions and levels within the Group have completed the two-day training course.
They are also encouraging people to talk more freely about mental health, thereby reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture by developing a wider understanding of their experiences.