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The condition of our mental health has a significant impact on how we feel, think and act. Unfortunately, as many as one in four of us will experience a mental health related problem at some stage in our lives. Whilst we are becoming more accustomed to hearing about facts like this, what exactly does it mean for SME’s?

With significantly reduced productivity and an increase in sick days, poor mental health can have a big impact on workplace efficiency and output. The most common mental health issues behind this include depression and anxiety, personal stress, relationship problems or family life and occupational issues.

It’s a common fact that many small and medium-sized businesses struggle to support their staff as they battle with intensifying or continued mental health issues. Why? Simply because they don’t know how to.

People are any business’s most powerful tool. That’s why, as a health and safety training company, we don’t believe that SME employers should feel it is beyond their aptitude to help struggling staff members, and we certainly don’t think their business should suffer for it.

This year, we expanded our training provision and launched a Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work training through Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA).

The MHFA Two Day course provides employers and employees with the skills, knowledge and understanding of first aid for mental health and how to support those experiencing problems. The course is designed to allow individuals in the workplace to recognise and understand signs and symptoms of mental health issues and methods of best practice when it comes to offering support.

Introducing mental health first aiders is an approach which many organisations are taking to get the right support in place. For more information about this course, including upcoming dates, please contact us on 0843 507 3335 or e-mail us.

Browse our website for more information about our other health and safety training courses.

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