Last week 15 of Brunelcare’s employees completed a mental health first aider training course delivered by Care First.

This is the second group of employees who have undertaken the course, bringing the total number of trained mental health first aiders at Brunelcare to 30.

According to acas.org.uk, mental health, including stress, anxiety and depression, is thought to be responsible for 91 million lost working days in the UK each year, which is more than any other illness.

The mental health first aider training is part of Brunelcare’s initiative to raise awareness and break down the stigma of mental health in the workplace. Brian Whittaker, Brunelcare’s Human Resources & Organisational Development Director, hopes the initiative will help make mental health care a standard provision like ‘physical first aid’ and make it easier for employees to initiate a conversation about it if they are in need of support.

“It is so important we do this in addition to providing wellbeing support to our employees. Quality mental health training, underpinned by a robust wellbeing strategy, gives people the tools to keep themselves healthy and support each other. This investment in our people demonstrates our determination to be a good employer and to encourage a positive working environment for our teams who do such a great job every single day.”

The mental health first aid course took place over 2 days and covered a range of topics that would equip participants with the skills to:

  • Recognise what good and poor mental health looks like
  • Understand how mental health challenges can affect someone in the workplace
  • Understand what can trigger people
  • Help someone who might be having a crisis or trauma
  • Signpost people to additional resources and support

Laura Oliver, Operations Manager at Brunelcare completed the training course:
"I found the MHFA course extremely worthwhile. It was informative, and presented in a sensitive and realistic way. I feel more confident and knowledgeable with mental health issues now, and can hopefully offer support to those who may need it."

Laura Norris, Brunelcare's HR Business Partner also completed the course:

"Attending the MHFA course has provided me with the tools and a better understanding of how I am able to offer support to those who may need it. The information covered during the course was detailed and has enabled me to reflect on previous situations to better understand behaviours and relate them to how people may have felt. I now feel more confident and have more knowledge regarding mental health." 

In addition to the training, information about how to maintain wellbeing and who the mental health first aiders are has been added to a dedicated page on the intranet so employees know what to do if they are in need of support.

Brunelcare hopes to run another training course in November, bringing the total number of mental health first aiders to 45.

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