What is Mental Health?

Mental health is the state of your emotional well-being which can, directly and in-directly, affect and be affected by our physical health. It is our emotional strength, or lack thereof, and your overall mental health will affect every minute detail of your life.

So who has mental health? The short answer is, everybody. Everybody has mental health, just as everybody has physical health and, just like our physical health, our mental health cycles throughout our lives and is heavily influenced on our experiences in life. The goal is to have good mental health most of the time and to know how to deal with ill mental health, just as we do with physical ill health.

If you broke your leg, do you know what you'd do? We all know that a broken leg needs to be seen by healthcare professionals. So who do we go to when we have ill mental health? Our mental health courses can give you the resources to tackle ill mental health, whether that's your own or a friend's or colleague's.

A common misonception is that medication will fix all of our problems. It won't. At best medication gives you a level playing field that will take the edge off of the negative thoughts and allow you to function more like yourself on a day-to-day basis. Medication will give you a chance to take those small steps towards recovery that you may not have been able to do with it.

The Future of Mental Health First Aid

The Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") require that all workplaces appoint at least one individual in charge of first aid. Their guidelines now specify the need for mental health first aid ("MHFA") to be included within that remit[1].

MHFA provision is likely to become legislation in the future.

[1] - HSE, First Aid Needs Assessment, https://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/needs-assessment.htm#mental-ill-health, Last Accessed 9th January 2020

Mental Health Awareness

Every year at least 1 in 4 people will experience at least one episode of mental ill health[1] in the UK, that's 16,608,900 people[2]. You will likely know someone who has experienced mental ill health, they could be family, friends, or co-workers[3].

Our Mental Health awareness & first aid courses will teach you to recognise the signs & symptoms of various mental health conditions, and will teach you to start an open conversation with someone who is suffering from mental ill health. You can be the catalyst that begins their recovery.

[1] - Mind (Mental Health Facts and Statistics)
[2] - Office of National Statistics (Population Estimates)
[3] - NHS Confederation (Key facts and trends in mental health)

How are you feeling?

I'm fine.

That's the answer that we're all guilty of giving when someone asks us how we are. But is that how we're really feeling?

In this short video people tell us how they respond and why we say we're fine when we're not.

Why Me?

That's the question asked by Alastair Campbell in this video.

Mental ill health does not discriminate and it's important that we know how to help others and, more importantly, ourselves.

Our mental health first aid courses will help you to make your jar bigger, and will help you to support others to increase the size of their jar.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

If you've ever had a conversation with someone else about mental health then you know how difficult those conversations can be. It's very easy to miss red flags and the worst feeling is knowing a friend is struggling and not knowing what to do.

Mental health first aiders are trained to spot the warning signs of people in crisis, and people fast approaching crisis. And, importantly, mental health first aiders are trained to help those people through conversation and sign-posting.

You could be the first person who a friend, family member, or colleague comes to talk to about their struggles. Imagine that warm, fuzzy feeling you'll get from helping someone that you care about, and then being able to help them put a smile back on their face.