Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult LITE – North Lincolnshire

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Adult LITE – Thursday 30 March 2017

Some people would say it is “unlucky 13” but on this occasion, the thirteen people who attended the half-day MHFA Adult LITE workshop organised by North Lincolnshire’s Citizen Advice Bureau would say differently.  The Adult LITE workshop is an introductory mental health awareness course delivered over three and a half hours but provides a good overview around various issues of mental health.  The attendees had an opportunity to engage in a couple of activities and watch films regarding the subject matter covered.  A really good group to work with and thanks are extended to the commissioner for asking me to deliver this workshop.

 

Testimonials

Enjoyable and worthwhile

Enjoyed the course, very interesting.

Useful resources.

BITC’s “Mental Health at Work” Report

Take a look at Business in the Community (BITC)’s report called Mental Health at Work which shares findings from a national survey undertaken with research partner YouGov which was released in October 2016.  bitc_mental_health_at_work

The findings show

  • 77% of employees have experienced poor mental health – 33% in the last month alone
  • 62% of employees have experienced poor mental health where work was a contributing factor
  • Managers underequipped and unsupported to respond to mental health in work
  • Bosses are disconnected from reality of employees’ experiences of mental health

Responding to the findings, Mind’s Head of Workplace Wellbeing Emma Mamo, said:

“It’s concerning but not surprising that so many employees say they have experienced poor mental health where their workplace has been a contributory factor. This latest survey provides further evidence of the scale of stress and poor mental health at work and highlights the need for employers to take this issue seriously. Employers need to do everything they can to create an environment conducive to good mental health and we know that those who do put in place wellbeing initiatives reap the rewards in terms of higher levels of staff productivity, morale and retention.

“At Mind, we advise employers on how they can tackle the work-related causes of stress and poor mental health, support members of staff experiencing a mental health problem, and put in place measures to promote good wellbeing for all staff. Wellbeing initiatives needn’t be large or expensive, often it’s just about regularly creating the space to talk about these issues and offering employees things like flexible working hours, Employee Assistance Programmes and subsidised exercise classes.”

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Mental Health and wellbeing at The Yoga Bank, Widnes

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Jackie and Brigid from the Yoga Bank, Widnes contacted me about delivering a MHFA Standard workshop at their premises.  They want their instructors to be identified as Mental Health First Aiders.  The workshop was delivered on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016 in the yoga studio and instructors plus eight external candidates attended.  Their knowledge and experience around mental health and commitment/dedication in raising awareness and reducing stigma and discrimination around mental ill-health is commendable.  A brilliant two-days spent with lovely people.  Hopefully we will be back next year to deliver another workshop.

“I thought this was a very thorough and accessible course.  Debbie is clearly very knowledgeable.  I would recommend this to other people, whatever their role”

“Really enjoyed the course.  It has opened my eyes.  I have mental health issues and thought I knew a lot, this course has taught me so much regarding techniques and understanding”