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Mental Health First Aid



Mental Health First Aid


The HSE recommends that if you work in a company with 5-50 workers, there should be at least one person trained in first aid.

What about Mental Health First Aid? Is it necessary? What is involved? How long is the training and what do you cover in such a broad subject? We spoke to Brian Wilson from The HR Department Guildford on this subject.


If you're interested in Mental Health First Aid training, Guildford based charity Oakleaf offer 3 training options.


Stress, anxiety, depressionThese are the biggest causes of workplace sick leave in our society. Mental health problems are responsible for 91 million working days lost each year.


Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion a year – the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. 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.


Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year. This is where Oakleaf can help.


By skilling your organisation in MHFA you can:

Give your people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy

Encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery

Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work

Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health

Embed positive, long term cultural change across your organisation through robust policy. 


- Oakleaf

HR Department- Episode 12: Mental Health First Aid

Brian Wilson from the HR Department Guildford spoke to Biz on Mental Health First Aid training, is it necessary? How can an employer go about it?

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