Day one introduces the concept of mental health, mental ill health and overall wellbeing. Candidates begin to understand that all mental health is on a continuum affecting everybody’s lives. This also includes risk factors concerning mental ill health and the main mental health conditions that will be prevalent within the workplace.
Day two builds on the knowledge gained on mental well being and looks at how a first aider can apply this knowledge to recognise the signs and indicators of mental ill health. From here candidates learn what strategies to use and what tools are available, when assisting an employee suffering with a mental ill health condition within the workplace.
Candidates learn through taught lectures, debates and written activities the following topics and many more:
- Risk factors concerning mental ill health
- Main types of mental ill health
- Signs & symptoms
- Roles & responsibilities of the first aider
- The ABC action plan
- Tools used for listening and empathy
- Importance of a positive mental health culture in the workplace