Implementing Mental Health First Aiders guide for employers

Support and develop your Mental Health First Aiders

Employer example: support and development Siemens Mobility ’s Health & Wellbeing team runs a conference call for each cohort of newly qualified Mental Health First Aiders to put their new MHFA skills into context within the business and discuss how their role fits within the health wellbeing strategy. Quarterly catch up calls between the H&W team and the Mental Health First Aiders are an opportunity to discuss any trends or situations they found particularly challenging. All Mental Health First Aiders have direct access to a Health Psychologist to discuss any cases they are struggling with or that overstep their boundaries. The Mental Health First Aiders also attend supplementary courses, including Safeguarding, Managing Change and Resilience, to further enhance their bank of skills. Thames Water holds quarterly engagement sessions for Mental Health First Aiders. A private discussion group on the company’s online forum provides space for the Mental Health First Aiders and the clinical occupational health team to advise, share tips and support each other. WHSmith facilitates a monthly meeting for their Mental Health First Aiders where they discuss: – Experiences since the training – Where the training has been useful – Questions about applying the training effectively – Tips on ensuring good self-care


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