As Trivallis are keen to support the mental health wellbeing of its workforce their health and wellbeing group, Vitallis, organised a two day accredited Mental Health First Aid workshop for staff.
Mental Health problems are more common than we might think. In fact, 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues in any one year.
Depression, stress and anxiety are widespread and affect thousands of people in Wales and this includes staff at Trivallis. Last year, the top three reasons for staff absence were personal stress, work related stress, anxiety and depression.
The aims of Mental Health First Aid training is to preserve life, provide help to prevent a mental health problem or crisis developing, and promote the understanding of mental health issues to reduce the stigma.
We are happy to announce that a group of staff have now been trained as Mental Health First Aiders. A mixture of individuals from across the business took part to make sure the different directorates are represented; this means there will always be someone to talk to.
The training took place over two days, during this time participants were taught how to:
Recognise when a person needs help and the best way to approach them
Save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills
Protect their own and other’s mental health skills for the workplace and community that promote a good understanding of mental health issues and illnesses
Listen, understand and react calmly
Give support and helpful information
Signpost to get appropriate help
Trivallis' Mental Health First Aiders are always happy to listen, support and signpost to the different services available.