Mental Health First Aiders at Smith Brothers Stores
Four Smith Brothers staff members recently underwent training to become mental health first aiders after partaking in a course ran by Mental Health First Aid, England.
Mental Health First Aid, England provide in-house training and consultancy to organisations of all shapes and sizes. Through working with over 20,000 employers, they know that each organisation’s culture is unique, and the key to maintaining a mentally healthy workplace is understanding the people within it.
Like a physical first aider, Mental Health First Aiders are available to offer crucial initial support to employees and can help guide them towards further support if needed.
Stephen Godwin, SBS health and safety manager said “Unlike a physical injury, mental ill health can be hidden, ignored or simply not recognised. The MHFA course has given us the tools and training to offer initial help within the workplace. All employees will have access to the support of a MHFA.”
SBS firmly believe in preserving positive self-wellbeing in the workplace and hope that the introduction of MHFAs will encourage staff members to speak out should they be suffering in silence.