Every year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental illness. That means that every day, millions of Australians go to work while experiencing a mental health problem.
The impact of this is enormous, affecting workplace productivity, performance, and employee well-being.
Given that the average Australian worker will spend close to 1/3rd of their lives at work, the workplace is an ideal place for early intervention for mental illness.
The cost of mental health problems in Australia
$4.7 billion in absenteeism
$6.1 billion in presenteeism
$146M in annual compensation costs
More workplaces are realising the importance of managing mental health at work and recognising the benefits of creating mentally healthy workplaces.
What is a Mentally
A mentally healthy workplace is one that understands that work can play a large role in an individual’s mental health and that mental health problems can have a huge impact on an individual.
Mentally healthy workplaces promote education and adopt policies and practices that create a culture of care where employees are encouraged to talk openly about mental health.
Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA™) training has been identified as one of the key strategies to lessen the impact of mental health problems on productivity and many workplaces use MHFA training as the foundation for their mental health strategy.
“The MHFA program sits beautifully within any organisation that values employee wellbeing, innovation and resilience. Participants are given a toolbox of new skills they can use to help themselves, their colleagues, their family, their friends and the community at large.”
Pharmacist, Capital Chemist Group
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental health first aid is the initial help offered to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem, or a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Having the knowledge and the practical skills to proactively initiate a supportive conversation with someone you are concerned about can make all the difference.
Mental Health First Aid offers early-intervention education courses for adults in the workplace that increase mental health literacy and teach the practical skills needed to support a co-worker experiencing a mental health problem.
The 12-hour MHFA training course can be delivered in 1 of 3 ways:
A 2-day course led by a Licensed MHFA Instructor
Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) followed by a 4-hour face-to-face session led by a Licensed MHFA Instructor
Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) followed by 2 x 2.5-hour video conferencing sessions led by a Licensed MHFA Instructor
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MHFA Training Leads to Improved:
The Mental Health First Aid Difference
MHFA training is a cost-effective, early intervention program that supports and mobilises whole communities to take a proactive approach to mental health education and training.
You’ll Be in Good Company
Take a look at our current MHFA in Action Case Studies to learn more about the innovative ideas and ways that workplaces are using MHFA training to create a culture of care and support, where everyone is encouraged to talk more openly about mental health.
Workplace Recognition Program
Below are just some of the workplaces who have demonstrated their commitment to building a mentally healthy workplace by implementing MHFA training.
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