Mental Health First Aid

Mental health issues have been hitting the headlines recently with the latest government statistics showing that at least one in four of us will suffer from mental health problems in our lifetime. Like any illness, mental health can have adverse effects in the workplace. Not only can it lead to increased absence but a study by the Chartered Institute of Professional Development shows that it can effect behaviour at work with 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues; 50% are less patient with clients/ customers. It can also dramatically impact productivity with a huge 80% of sufferers saying that they find it difficult to concentrate and 62% saying it takes them longer to complete tasks.

With this in mind, Revium launched our Mind, Body and Soul well-being initiative, kicking things off with two Mental Health First Aid courses run by the charity MHFA England. We hosted two events, one at Hatch Farm and one in the Midlands to give as many of our employees the opportunity to attend this all-important training as possible. Jordan Neale (Client Service Executive, RMG) was there and had this to say about the day:

“One of the first things that resonated with me after sitting down with our course leader, was that Mental Health affects everyone. The term isn’t just used to highlight those who suffer with poor mental health, but that everybody has mental health whether good or bad.

It was hugely insightful to learn about the different techniques when dealing specifically with a colleague – from the more obvious ideas such as being a comforter, a listener or a fun distraction, to the other details that one would normally not even consider in day-to-day conversation. The course was centred around conversation and practical exercises to get us all to think together as a unit, and be more conscious about the words we use daily that may have a negative impact to someone suffering with an ill mental health. For example, smaller triggers can even involve telling someone to “cheer up” or “calm down”, which can be worse for the person than better.

The course was a real eye-opener, and whilst I do believe that everyone in that room had an idea of how to approach someone who is suffering, it was a thoughtful experience for all to notice the smaller things that can have a huge impact that may have not been considered before. It was also exciting to see how many people across the business turned up – helping to really push a united ethos in recognising that every individual’s mental health comes as a priority to all.”

Mental health awareness and employee well-being continues to be top of our agenda in 2018 and we hope to help everyone manage their workload and stress levels with the introduction of our Stress Management workshop.

Thanks for listening!

By Georgie Boekbinder & Jordan Neale