The average employee takes seven days off sick each year of which 40 per cent is for mental health problems. This adds up to 70 million lost working days a year. One in seven is directly caused by a person’s work or working conditions.
Almost a third (31%) of staff said that they would consider leaving their current role within the next 12 months if stress levels in their organisation did not improve.
‘Presenteeism’ accounts for 1.5 times as much working time lost as absenteeism and costs more to employers because it is more common among higher-paid staff.
The Centre for Mental Health has calculated that: “Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace, including prevention and early identification of problems, should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs - at least £8 billion a year.”
NHS England report that: “MHFA training has increased participant personal confidence by 91%; knowledge and understanding of mental health by 99% supporting further the roll out to all staff who wish to undertake this training across the organisation.”
Reducing the costs of lost productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism
Retaining valued and experienced members of staff – and thus avoiding unnecessary recruitment and training costs
Reducing the cost of sickness absence payments
Meeting your duty of care and legislative obligations
Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
The Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised two day course.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
When you have completed the course you will receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.
The Adult MHFA Lite course is an introductory three hour mental health awareness course.
By the end of the course you'll be able to:
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“I attended a Mental Health First Aid course delivered by Sam and found him extremely personable and engaging. He came across as genuine and generous and he facilitated a very mixed group from varying personal and professional backgrounds. I took a lot away from the course and wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending him to colleagues and connections who would find his course content relevant”
Charitable Trust Manager at Benenden Charitable Trust
“Sam took the MHFA course in Leeds that I attended in early 2016. The course was very professionally planned and attendee friendly. However what made the course enjoyable and valuable was the way Sam handled the course, he made a tough subject easy to understand and cope with, which gave people and especially myself the confidence to discuss things fully in a relaxed and non-judgmental way. I hope our paths cross again in the future courses.”
Mindfulness Meditation Motivation
“I attended a mental health first aid course presented by Sam. He made a complex subject accessible and interesting, his approach allows the training group to be comfortable in using their learning in practical application. Fantastic course by an inspirational trainer, I am pleased to recommend Sam as an MH trainer.”
Assoc CIPD, HR Advisor, Simpson. Recruiting Supporting & Developing Fit Out & Construction Professional Team
“Sam was my trainer for a 2-day course on Mental First Aid. Sam knows his topic, and how to approach a subject that was at times challenging. Sam did this through his calm manner, his sensitivity to all participants, and his very cool selection of break-time music tracks. Workplaces and communities have a lot of physical health First Aiders. I really recommend adding the missing half by training yourself or others as a Mental Health First Aider.”
Project Coordinator at NHS England
“Having attended the Mental Health First Aid course with Sam, I have no reservations about recommending the course to others. Sam delivered the course material in a compassionate and tactful way. Although delivered at a professional standard, the 'down to earth' method of delivery put all participants at ease. The easy to remember guidance has already proved useful. A great course that I would highly recommend to those who work in an advisory capacity.”
HR Manager at Card Factory
"Hi Sam, I really appreciate your help. I have been struggling to find support with BDD, just fact sheets and peoples stories of success but have been told CBT is a good tool to use. Unfortunately a fortnight ago I was rushed to hospital with my anxiety (they initially thought I was having a heart attack). I have refused cbt several times as I didn't understand it but thanks to your course I now do and am working on an online therapy course (moodgym) which is really helpful. I am looking for other self-help tools to help alongside this. I have always found it embarrassing to admit I have anxiety and BDD so this is a big step for me. Your course really helped me and I can't thank you enough"