Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

The topic of mental health is increasingly in the news, in conversations, and in our hearts.

No one is immune from its effects and we shouldn’t say “it won’t happen to me”.  1 in 4 people every year are affected.

You never know what is around the corner…

Rachel’s Story

“It’s very easy to avoid answering the question ‘how are you?’ – and to be honest, how many of us ask this question out of habit, not really expecting an honest answer? I know that I sometimes do and would be quite surprised if someone said, ‘I feel pretty rubbish actually’.

I know that I avoid being honest when someone asks me this question as I’m worried that others are not really interested, that I’m boring and that I may be perceived as weak and unable to ‘cope’. I blame my childhood and the fact that we had to display ‘a stiff upper lip’ and just ‘get on with it’.”          

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/how-are-you-really-being-open-about-my-mental-health

Could Rachel’s story be yours?  Would you know how to help someone else?

A.L.G.E.E is the basis of mental health first aid:

A

Approach, Assess and Assist with the mental health crisis

L

Listen and communicate in a non-judgemental way

G

Give support and information

E

Encourage them to seek approximate professional help

E

Encourage self-help and other support strategies

 

‘Being there’ for someone isn’t saying you are replacing professional support.  You are just being there.  When they need someone.  Learn how to be the person that can start a conversation and help others and escalate if necessary.

We can offer talks, workshops and the full qualification of Mental Health Awareness to your groups or workplace.  Let us know your needs and we will be happy to come and help you.

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