Implementing Mental Health First Aiders guide for employers


Whether you already have MHFA England training in your organisation or are considering it, this guide is for you.

MHFA England training is a key component for creating a safe, healthy workplace where the mental health and physical health of employees are valued equally. It gives people the tools to support their own mental health and that of their colleagues, and encourages them to access timely support when needed. But to be effective and have a sustainable impact, the training needs to be implemented as part of a strategic, whole organisation approach to wellbeing. Supporting mental health at work means creating an environment that is psychologically safe for everyone. This guide will take you through the key considerations to help you embed positive, longterm cultural and behavioural change. Every workplace is unique so we encourage you to identify the best ways to apply these in your organisation. Business in the Community’s 2020 Mental Health at Work report found that workplaces have made impressive progress on approaches to employee mental health. There is still work to be done to build inclusive, anti-racist workplaces where everyone’s mental health matters. As employers we are on this journey together, and MHFA England is here to support you.



of employees experience mental health symptoms caused, or worsened, by work 1

of employees told no one about their mental health issues 1



of LGBT+ people have experienced mental health issues as a result of work 3

of managers from a diverse racial group had experienced racial microaggressions at work in the last 6 months 2

1 Business in the Community, 2020: Mental Health at Work report 2 CMI, 2020: Moving the Dial on Race 3 Business in the Community, 2019: Working with Pride


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