Leadership courses are out… employees mental health & wellness is the future


img_3298As a certified Mental Health First Aid officer, I find it incredible that corporations don’t have Mental Health First Aid officers as a standard corporate policy, like First Aid officer.

Especially as Mental Health issues are more common today then ever in the workplace.

As many corporations are downsizing this increases tasks and responsibilities on employees, as they pick up duties from job titles/positions made redundant.

This increases the level of stress on employees as they work longer hours in order to complete all their responsibilities. Added to that, they don’t have job security anymore.

All these things combined or separately cause depression, sleep disorders and anxiety.

Unknowingly the company has put the health and wellbeing
of their employees at risk. 

Some of the common symptoms include performance levels, like problems with concentration, memory, decision-making and motivation.

While some people with mental health problems manage their symptoms without impact on their work performance, others may require short-term or ongoing workplace supports.

Instead of investing time and money on more Leadership or Management courses. Corporations would be wise to invest that money in Mental Health First Aid training.

Mental health first aid is defined as ‘the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or a mental health crisis.  The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves’.

The purpose of the course is to give people a greater understanding of the different types of mental health disorders.

With more understanding you gain insight into what a employee may be feeling or experiencing, so you know how to best approach and offer assistance.

Mental health issues are as debilitating as many medical conditions which can mean time off work so early intervention is crucial.

If left untreated or undiagnosed it could lead to lifelong conditions or even suicide.

Investing money into ensuring your staff are happy should be a priority. And, ensuring they have good mental health forms part of their overall wellbeing.

Note – Mental Health First Aid officers do not diagnose or offer therapy. They assess and assist until appropriate professional help arrives.