The Purpose of Mental Health First Aid
As a police officer for 30 years I was ideally placed to witness first hand the effects of stress and trauma on colleagues in a dynamic and fast moving environment. As head of the representative body for police officers I became passionate about providing help and support for their mental health and wellbeing. In order to provide the right assistance and support in the vital area of mental health I qualified as an instructor with MHFA England. This was the most practical and meaningful course that gave the right skills and tools to meet the needs expected when providing mental health support without having to become a psychotherapist or counsellor.
Being in a role with responsibility for the health and welfare of colleagues I have extensive experience in supporting numerous colleagues through their mental health journey. I have supported numerous colleagues suffering with conditions from Anxiety and Depression through to mental health crisis and suicide providing one to one assistance and signposting to the appropriate treatments and support. This has assisted them to access the necessary support and either staying in work while receiving treatment or returning to work sooner following effective treatments. Where appropriate I have also assisted colleagues to leave the organisation with dignity and integrity when recovery has not been possible.
Since my retirement from the police service I continue to deliver this training to the police service along with other sectors. We provide MHFA training to staff and line managers in many other organisations from both private and public sector industries. My trainers are selected for their knowledge and experience in a range of sectors including Higher Education, Social Care, Logistics, Event Planning, Criminal Justice system, Safeguarding, Construction and Utilities.
This has given these organisations the skills and confidence to assist their colleagues and employees when showing the signs and symptoms of mental distress thus creating a safe and supportive working environment.
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