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The Role Of A Mental Health First Aider

It is beneficial to have a Mental Health First Aider to help those affected by poor mental health. Mental health issues are as much of a priority as physical ill health.

Take a look at the day to day role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace.

How Do You Become A Mental Health First Aider?

Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to help people to recognise the symptoms of mental health so that they can support those who are affected by it. The training course assists in reducing the stigma of mental health. It also raises awareness of a range of conditions to those who may not know about them.

To book onto the two-day course or to find out more about what the course covers click here.

The Role Of A Mental Health First Aider

A Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is the go-to person for anyone who is going through some form of mental health issue. The first aider will be present to help guide the person in distress to the relevant help that they need. They will also have the relevant knowledge to be able to spot someone who is developing a mental health issue. They will, therefore, be able to intervene before it escalates.

Being a Mental Health First Aider doesn’t qualify you to provide therapy to someone who may need it. They are there to support an individual and help to make their life at work easier. It is important to not be judgmental and to encourage them to access the professional support that is available.

An important part of the role is assessing the individual; if the person is getting worse and may be moving towards self-harm or suicide the situation may need to be escalated. In the role, confidentiality is key, just like physical health or disciplinary within a company each discussion must be protected.

If you need help and advice regarding mental health in the workplace, or wish to discuss the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0113 350 4030 or at emma.roberts@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Emma Roberts
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Emma is a trainee solicitor at SCE Solicitors. Emma commenced her training contract in September 2018 and is currently working in the employment law department assisting director Samira Cakali. Emma also assists in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she can support you in the day-to-day management of your staff.

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