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World Mental Health Day – new course open to applicants

Date: 11 October 2017

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October. This year’s focus is on mental health in the workplace, a very important topic with mental ill-health being the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK.

To address this we are trialling a new Mental Health First Aid course in Sheffield which is now open for applicants, more information below.

In June 2017, 35% of referrals to NHSBT’s occupational health were for mental and behavioural issues. Whilst between July 2016 and June 2017, 31% of calls to the Employee Assistance Programme helpline were for mental health reasons.

Everyone has mental health, just as everyone has physical health. One in 4 people will have mental ill-health (Mind, 2011) during their lifetime, despite this, less than half of those affected feel confident to share their condition with anyone. Earlier this year three colleagues addressed the stigma and shared very personal blogs of their experience of living with and tackling a mental health condition. To read these search ‘Mental Health’ on Inside NHSBT.

As part of our Health and Wellbeing activity we will be trialling a new Mental Health First Aid course in Sheffield.  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course. It is designed to teach individuals how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide colleagues help, on a first-aid basis. The course will also teach you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide colleagues to receive the appropriate support.

The Health and Wellbeing team are keen to hear from any colleagues interested in joining the scheme. The recruitment profile and application form are now available via People First.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 October and all should be submitted to ellen.betts@nhsbt.nhs.uk.  Please note we are initially only recruiting for Mental Health First Aiders in Sheffield where the pilot will take place.  If you have any questions or would like more information please contact: jasmin.gill@nhsbt.nhs.uk

To find out more about World Mental Health Day, please visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

This World Mental Health Day, take a step towards making our workplace a better place for everybody to work.

Visit Inside NHSBT for further suggestions on how to help those around you.

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