15th February 2023

The benefits of the Mental Health First Aider course

Construction Mental Health Training

As a construction company ourselves, we recognise the importance of mental health, and how the reality is, it often gets overlooked, especially within our industry.

Sometimes, the things that may seem not as obvious to others, can be just as detrimental as the physical dangers that come with working in construction.

Which is why we believe the MFHA course is essential for employers and individuals to know about.

What is the Mental Health First Airder course?

There are several factors that contribute to construction’s poor mental health record. Such as long hours, working away from home, and heavy workloads.

With the MHFA course you can learn how to spot when these factors could become mental health issues. And confidently provide support before it has the potential to escalate further.

With the MHFA course all participants are trained to listen.  

You will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns. As well as strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for appropriate support and help.

You will be equipped to manage emergencies, but it is important to note MHFAs are not trained psychiatrists or therapists.

Mental Health First Aider training with us:

At our facilities we offer the updated 2 Day MHFA course, which includes access to MHFAs Support and Benefits.

On completion of the course, learners are given three years’ access to the MHFAs Support App and Online Learning Hub. From there they will find exclusive resources, ongoing learning opportunities and the benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAs.

With access to these added MHFA Support and Benefits, the training doesn’t stop when the course comes to an end. Learners are provided with continuous support – well beyond initial certification – so that they are confident, empowered and motivated to carry out their role.

What are the benefits of having MFHAs within your business?

Having MHFAs within your business help reassure your employees there are always people to talk to and confide within their work environment.

With mental health issues being so prevalent, having prominent people within your business will encourage conversations. Whilst changing the way mental health is perceived within your work culture.

This will also help to ensure a healthy workforce. We understand that health and safety is a priority amongst many businesses.

However, your workforce’s mental wellbeing is just as important as their physical health.

An all-round healthy workforce means fewer absences, improved employee retention and increased morale.

We regularly run the MHFA course at our training facilities in Kirkby. So if your interested in becoming apart of the MFHA community or training your employees get in touch.

Hear from our most recent course completers and what encouraged them to become a MHFA:

Lisa Comery

“I wanted to make a difference and show I care by upskilling myself with the relevant knowledge to be able to support my colleagues who are showing signs of mental health and allow me to be able to intervene before it has the potential to escalate by listening and offering guidance.”

Jonathon McGurk

“I decided to go on the mental health first aid course due to occasions over the past year when employees I manage have come to me with issues related to mental health. I didn’t feel I could give them the advice or support they required which led me to go on the course. Now feel confident I can provide support to anyone struggling with a mental health related issue.”

Brian Savoury

“I decided to become a MHFA to aid my confidence and knowledge for helping and supporting family, colleagues, and strangers if ever the need arose.”

Becky Tansley

“I wanted to do the course to understand more about what mental health means and how to deal with it in certain situations. So I can support others in work and home life and to support myself.”

Shannon Wade

‘All of us go through difficult times and there are occasions when we need additional support. Following my training I now feel much more equipped to be able to assist and guide those in need towards the correct help and resources.’

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