Why Mental Health First Aid?
Colleagues and managers are best placed to be the first to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in their co-workers, provided they are properly trained in Mental Health First Aid. The next Mental Health First Aid workshop in Prince Albert happens April 3-4.
When: April 3 & 4, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Prince Albert Inn
Fee: $185 investment (which includes your lunch for both days!)
Contact: Ashley Breland 306.657.2470 or email@example.com
MHFA-trained employees will help equip your organization to:
- Recognize and understand the symptoms of mental health problems, including those related to substance abuse
- Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state
- Promote the recovery of good mental health by accommodating employees in distress or recovering from a crisis
- Increase productivity and reduce absenteeism and overall pressure on benefits
Evidence has shown that individuals who complete the 12-hour basic course have:
- Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health illnesses and problems
- Decreased social distance from people with mental health illnesses or problems
- Increased confidence in providing help to others
- Demonstrated increase in helpful actions
Contact Ashley Breland 306.657.2470 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register and learn more.
As I mentioned during the introductions at your course, I am an old school guy that was attending your class with a fair bit of skepticism. The class changed my outlook and today I had to put to use some of the learned skills. Today I had a meeting with one of our long time employees around absenteeism and his alcohol/ prescription drug abuse. Before I had time to use ALGEE our employee disclosed that he had feelings that “he couldn’t go on” and thoughts of “just ending it”.
Though I went into this meeting prepared for the “LGEE” I wasn’t ready for the emotional impact of “A”. I was able to determine that the danger was not imminent. I asked if he had someone to talk to and he does. I urged him to seek help from his physician and gave him the number for our EFAP. I will continue to follow up with him.
Probably the toughest conversation I have had in my thirty years of managing people. Thankfully the MHFA Course gave me some tools to deal with the situation.