ensa Mental Health First Aiders
Why does your organisation need Mental Health First Aiders?
In any given year, as many as one in four of your employees will experience mental health problems. Early intervention is essential to improve prognosis, shorten the length of suffering and prevent long-term absence from work. We spend most of our waking hours at work which means that mental health problems can impact the workplace. But this also provides the opportunity to recognise them at an early stage.
Even though mental health issues are common, many of us are not well informed about how to recognise them, how to respond to someone in need, or about the treatments available. Plenty of misconceptions still exist around mental illness, resulting in widespread stigma.
If a preventative attitude to mental health is to be part of the corporate culture and employees are to be given the support they need at an early stage, it is recommended that at least 10% of the workforce completes Mental Health First Aid training.
This will empower First Aiders to respond confidently to colleagues in psychological distress and direct them to the support they need.
Why ensa Mental Health First Aid?
ensa holds the licence for Mental Health First Aid training here in Switzerland, having been granted this by Mental Health First Aid International in 2018.
As an accredited ensa partner, HealthFirst delivers ensa Mental Health First Aid courses throughout the country.
Several randomized controlled trials have shown that this evidence-based training improves a participant’s knowledge of mental illness, reduces their stigmatizing behaviour towards others and increases self-confidence in their ability to help those in need. In addition, it strengthens the individual’s own mental well-being.
What the training involves
ensa Mental Health First Aid courses can be delivered both face-to-face and online.
During 14-hours of training, participants gain a basic knowledge of common mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, alcohol or other substance misuse, and psychosis. They learn how to proactively approach a person in mental distress, practicing how to provide Mental Health First Aid in both a crisis and non-crisis situation.
Throughout the training, social stigmas existing around mental health are addressed by increasing awareness of the fact that mental health difficulties can happen to anyone at any time.
What our clients say:
"The subject matter was hard hitting in places, but the learning environment felt very safe and supportive and enabled us to all bring in personal and professional experiences to enrich each others learning. The trainers did a fantastic job at facilitating the course and brought in art, videos, role plays, small group work and whole group discussions to deliver all the content in a captivating and memorable way. "
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