MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Become a Mental Health First Aider – Inspire Coaching, proudly partnering with ensa, Swiss and Promentasana.
Did you know that according to Gesundheitsföderung, Schweiz, mental health related issues will cost the Swiss economy around CHF 6 billion in 2022, and that in any one year about 1 in 4 people suffer from some form of mental illness?
In these challenging times it has never been so important to respond to the mental health challenges faced by companies and individuals. Mental illnesses are very real and can cause genuine suffering and increased costs at all levels. Unfortunately, stigma, denial and lack of knowledge around these issues are also real.
This is where Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) can help.
Just as physical first aiders offer initial help in a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aiders are trained to be first responders in a mental health situation and guide sufferers towards appropriate professional help. It is widely recognised that early recognition and treatment lead to better outcomes for all involved parties. In this context, MH First Aiders are not therapists or diagnosticians, but are trained to recognise and respond appropriately in crisis and non-crisis situations.
Having trained Mental Health First Aiders in the workforce can be enormously beneficial to a company, as early recognition and treatment lead to a much better prognosis for an individual’s overall well-being as well as better outcomes for the company’s productivity, staff turnover and, ultimately, bottom line.
Our 12-hour Mental Health First Aid programme focuses on the following:
Mental health in Switzerland
Mental health first aid in 5 steps
Basic knowledge of common mental health problems (depression, anxiety disorders, burnout, psychosis, substance use disorders) and teaching the corresponding first aid measures.
Basic knowledge of common mental health crises (suicidal thoughts, suicidal behavior, self- harming behavior without suicidal intent, panic attacks, traumatic experiences, severe psychotic episodes, severe states of intoxication, aggressive behavior) and the provision of the relevant first aid measures.
Interactive group exercises and role plays where we knowledge is directly applied and practiced.
At the end of the course, participants will be invited to take a short exam to become fully certified Mental Health First Aiders.
MHFA : CONVERSATIONS FOR MANAGERS
Mental health problems and crises are part of the workplace. One in two employees shows signs of mental illness at some point in their working lives. When mental health suffers, work performance also suffers, leading to absenteeism and even job loss.
In 2020, the Swiss economy lost about 7.6 billion Swiss francs in lost productivity due to the effects of mental illness.
If managers can recognize signs of mental health difficulties at an early stage, they can respond to them earlier. The earlier the conversation with those affected, the sooner help can be provided. Doing the right thing can avoid human suffering and high follow-up costs.
First aid talks in the work context are challenging situations for managers. In this 3.5-hour course, participants learn to recognize signs of mental illness at an early stage and practice first aid talks with employees in several role plays and discussions.
The focus of the content is on:
Mental Health in the workplace
− Changes in the workplace
− What is mental health?
− Stigma in the company
Measurement and evaluation of Mental Mealth in the company
− Guarding Minds@Work − Job-Stress-Analysis
Recognise and assess Mental Health problems in the Team
− Managers have a responsibility
− Sustainable relationsips and team culture
− Signs and warning signs