While people often know a lot about common physical health problems, there is widespread ignorance of mental health problems. This ignorance adds to stigmatising attitudes and prevents people from seeking help early and seeking the best sort of help. It also prevents people providing appropriate support to colleagues and family members, simply because they do not know how.
Mental health problems affect your organisation
- On any day, one worker in five will experience mental distress. (Employers' Forum on Disability)
- Mental health problems account for 40 per cent of sickness absence from work. (EDF)
- 76% of line managers said they have managed at least one person who they knew had mental ill health. (EDF)
- 13% of line managers have had training on mental health awareness, compared to 33 per cent who have received training on disability discrimination law. (EDF)
- £8.4 billion cost to employers of abscence due to mental health problems (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health)
- £15.1 billion cost to employers of reduced productivity due to mental health problems (SCMH)
How Mental Health First Aid training can help reduce this cost
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training can increase your employees confidence in dealing with people suffering from mental distress, whether they are work colleagues, friends, family or total strangers. It can give them the confidence and skills to help someone get appropriate help at the earliest opportunity. The earlier someone gets help, the less likely it is that they will suffer a more serious mental health problem.
Why MHFA is different to other mental health training courses
- It offers a simple way to help others that anyone can use.
- It is standardised.
- It is accredited.
- It has been evaluated.
- It is in use in many countries.