Following government advice, ESCC have made the decision to postpone or cancel some face to face training. This decision has been made in light of the national concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID - 19). Please see individual courses for more information.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the Workplace is a two day accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help their ESCC colleagues who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone whilst keeping yourself safe.
What managers are agreeing to when approving their staff member’s attendance on this course:
To releasing your staff member for the two day training course and any post support sessions (approx. 2 sessions lasting a maximum of 3 hours each).
To releasing your staff member for related meetings (approximately 1 or 2 per year).
Allowing time to support colleagues when needed (often at short notice).
What you are committing to:
Undertaking the accredited training and any additional training (where required) to acquire and maintain your MHFA certificate.
Becoming part of the pool of accredited MHFAers and providing mental health first aid within your workplace as needed, at your level of competence and training.
Being able to be called away from your normal duties at short notice if required.
Acting as a Mental Health Champion and partaking in ad-hoc wellbeing events (when required and dependent on needs of the service).
Partaking in post training support as required/directed.
The course covers how to support someone to access the resources they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
You will gain:
An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.
Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.
Confidence to step in, reassure and support a colleague in distress.
Enhanced interpersonal skills such as active listening.
Knowledge to help a colleague recover their health by guiding them to further support.
For more information about the support you can expect to receive and what you’re committing to, please refer to the attached supporting guidance and commitments document by clicking on the "attached document" at the top of this page.