We are all familiar with the need to provide first aid facilities and treatment for physical injury and illness, but what about first aid for the mind?
Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is sought. The aims of MHFA are:
- to preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others;
- to provide help to prevent mental health developing into a more serious condition;
- to promote recovery of good mental health;
- to provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem;
- to reduce stigma and discrimination;
- and to raise awareness of mental health issues;
MHFA does not teach someone to become a therapist. But it does teach people to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems. Qualified mental health first aiders will provide initial help before guiding a person towards appropriate professional help.
At Cardinus we have trained mental health first aiders as part of our health and safety consultancy team and they would be delighted to talk with you to advise how these important people can become a cornerstone of your health and safety management system.