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Mental Health First Aid Training

By October 30, 2018 No Comments

Positive and negative mental health impacts on an individual’s wellbeing and the workplace. Current New Zealand statistic shows that 1 in 6 adults will experience mental illness in their lifetime.

Most people know how to provide some type of first aid for a physical injury or illness, however, many are unsure how to respond when someone is experiencing a mental health challenge.

What is the course about?

Mental Health First Aid is given as a first response until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. It teaches how to understand of the issue, recognise the potential signs and symptoms and approach how to deal with the situation.

Why are we doing it?

Good workplace mental health awareness and management is associated with improved worker engagement, improved morale and job satisfaction, workplace harmony, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity.

The mental health and wellness of our workers is a priority, and to that end, Treescape® has been introducing ‘Mental Health First Aid Training’ for our divisional manager. This course provides education and skills to identify and respond to mental health challenges.

Here is what our managers have had to say

“The extent of mental health issues and associated statistics in NZ was a real eye opener. Many of us don’t understand or are worried about talking about mental health issues.

This may be because we think it may cause that person to feel worse, or we just do not actually know what to say or do. This course gave me a greater level of understanding and confidence to recognise symptoms of mental illness, and possible approaches for dealing with various situations”.

Therese Carroll – GM – Safety and Wellness