Mind Matters

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is calling on hundreds of thousands of people it has trained in mental health skills and awareness to join the national effort to tackle the invisible impact of the coronavirus.

The organisation has a mission to train 1 in 10 in the UK in Mental Health First Aid and many towns and organisations across the UK are pledging to take up this accredited course. 

With the Covid-19 virus heightening stress, anxiety and social isolation Mental Health First Aiders and Champions are being asked to use their skills to support those struggling with their mental health by signposting them to the appropriate support, both in and outside of the workplace.

As the current health crisis sees more people working from home than ever before, MHFA England, a social enterprise which offers expertise in workplace mental health, will focus its campaign activities on providing guidance designed to support employees feeling the impact of the coronavirus. Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England advises “In the current climate, and as more organisations move to online working, human connections are more important than ever. Nurturing them virtually will be key to supporting the nation’s mental health and wellbeing as we come together to tackle the impact of coronavirus.”

The focus is on ‘keeping mentally healthy whilst working from home’ and will encourage employees to stay connected wherever they are working. Duncan Stephenson, Deputy Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) noted that “This is an unprecedented period of anxiety for many people in the UK and the population’s mental health is paramount at this time. We fully applaud the work of Mental Health First Aid England’s network to help people through it and signpost to mental health supports.”

Would you like to become a Mental Health First Aider, in relation to your role at work or within our community? The course gives an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing along with some practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. It aims to give each participant confidence and knowledge to step in and support someone in need. 

If you would be interested in attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Horsley in 2021 and qualifying as a local Mental Health First Aider then  please email Judy Young: iamjudyyoung@gmail.com 

(FIrst published in The Horsley Directory, issue 104).

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