Over the last week, I have had a number of conversations with lots of different people. Be it business owners, friends, and clients, the one common theme is that everyone’s life has been altered by the pandemic and their mental health has been personally affected.
As someone who had poor mental health while working in a corporate environment, that resulted in me leaving the job I loved. I am a big advocate for Mental Health Awareness & MH First Aid in the workplace. Maybe, if I had been offered the right support, then I would still be working in my housing role and prevent my downward spiral into poor mental health. Now six years on, I am grateful that I have my own business and my mental health is good. I had to grow as a person and become more resilient.
I am hopeful that the government will bring into legislation that mental health first aid in the workplace is law, similar to first aid for physical injury. It is encouraging that many organisations are leading the way and putting this in place, however, it is still a recommendation. This is something that we covered in our Mental Health Awareness and its place at work Workshop earlier this month.
Lara St Romaine from Mind Health Solutions is just one provider that offers this training and there are many more, the added value you get from their training is that Lara had to overcome their own Mental Health Journey following a diagnosis. So they totally appreciate the importance of having Mental Health First Aid in the workplace.
What is Mental Health First Aid and how can it help?
Helps to teach about Mental Health issues.
Teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.
Help you to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health.
Develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
Learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms.
Gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing.
Support tackling stigma of Mental Health
Access to self-help books and websites, access through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
I have my self-help book; Burnout to Bold due out on the 1st of Oct and you can reserve your copy by getting in touch. It is a pick and mix of personal development topics that I learned about during my recovery journey and I hope it can help you too, to move on more positively. If you want to reserve your copy get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or give me a call on 07583474539