We all have mental health and various ways to manage our wellbeing, but sometimes the environment and outside circumstances can lead us to lose our balance. We all know how to support colleagues’ physical health – slips, trips and falls, CPR, the recovery position. After a mental health crisis occurs, it’s common to hear people say, “I didn’t see it coming,” or “I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know how to talk about it.” So what would you do if a colleague was depressed, anxious or stressed? After all, you can’t put a plaster on a panic attack. Below we list our 5 key skills for improving mental health at work.
The five key skills
There are five key skills that you need to develop if you want to help champion good mental health at work. Mental Health professionals use the acronym AGLEE, which stands for:
Assess the situation
Give reassurance and information
Encourage professional help
Upskilling you and your team
You don’t need to be a mental health professional to help your colleagues through difficult times – you could join a growing community of people championing good mental health at work by becoming a mental health first aider. Just like a physical first aider doesn’t need to be a doctor or nurse, anyone can learn the skills needed to be mental health first aider. And, just as physical first aid is about being able to provide an effective first response and to call for further assistance, mental health first aid is all about recognising the signs of trouble, understanding a colleague’s needs, and helping signpost them to further help.
Join a growing community.
UK businesses are training a record number of mental health first aiders, and the numbers look set to grow further. As stigma surrounding mental health issues continues to erode, more and more businesses, large and small, are realising that as well being The Right Thing To Do, taking proactive measure to help their staff feel empowered to talk about and take-action on poor mental health has a positive effect on staff retention, absenteeism, productivity and, ultimately the bottom-line.
Interested in ensuring you are looking after your employees? Our Mental Health First Aid Training Course is essential for any businesses that want to look after their employee’s health. For more information, please get in touch.