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Mental Heath Matters

Evidence shows that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives, which means that every organisation is likely to feel the effects sooner or later. Mental Health First Aid can play a crucial role in building a strong and sustainable approach.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Courses for Business and the Community

The Mainly Mental Health Company is here to support you to manage well-being proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life by providing robust training.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for schools, further education and higher education

The Mainly Mental Health Company is passionate about reducing the impact of mental ill-health on young people and training staff to provide appropriate levels of support.

Bespoke Training

MMH is proud of our flexible approach and will tailor training to suit your need.

The business case for Mental Health First Aid Training

Work is good for health and health is good for business. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. We spend over half of our lives at work and it makes sense that the places we work in and the people who work in them are as healthy as they can be.

We all have mental health in the same way that we all have physical health. Mental health issues are common:

60% of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue due to work, or where work was a contributing factor

31% of UK employees have been ‘formally diagnosed’ with a mental health condition

(Business in the Community, 2017: Mental Health at Work Report)

But many of us know little about mental health compared to our physical health. Stigma and lack of awareness can stop people from talking about their mental health, delaying them from getting the support needed for recovery.

This silence extends to the workplace. People often avoid disclosing a mental health issue to their employer for fear of being demoted, losing their job, or judged as less capable and missing out on opportunities. These concerns are justified if a Bupa poll is reflective of organisational attitudes to mental ill health: 94% of business leaders admitted to prejudice against people with mental health issues in their organisation.

The costs of ignoring mental health

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society, causing 15.8 million days of absence in the UK in 2016 (Office for National Statistics, 2017: Sickness absence in the labour market: 2016).

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £35 billion each year - broken down, that’s £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons.

(Centre for Mental Health, 2017: Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on)

For more reading on Mental Health Fist Aid in the workplace, download MHFA England's brochure here:

Triggers and signs to look out for

We all have mental health just as we have physical health, but it can seem more difficult to spot the signs of mental ill health. Here are some of the common triggers which might impact on someone’s mental health and signs that suggest they may need support.

Triggers:

Personal life :

Bereavement

Relationship breakdown

Having children

Health scares or physical illness

Work life:

Workload

Poor line management

Relationships

Redundancy

Recognising a mental health issue is the first step in getting the support needed to recover. One of the first signs of mental ill health may be changes in the person’s behaviour.

Signs:

Physical signs:

Frequent illness

Being run down and tired

Sleeping difficulties or
excessive drowsiness

Lack of care over appearance

Emotional and behavioural:

Irritability and aggression

Tearfulness or low mood

Excessive alcohol or stimulants

Loss of memory

A person's work may begin to show signs that they need more support.

Work symptoms:

Work related signs:

Increased errors

Unmanageable workload

Poor punctuality or excess hours

Fixation with grievances

Sickness absence

Further reading and resources

Mental Health First Aid England provide a wealth of information and supporting material - much of it can downloaded from our links here:

Tel: 07789 112680

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