CarmichaelUK staff are now fully trained Mental Health First Aiders.
Over the course of 2021, CarmichaelUK staff have undergone the MHFA England Course and are now all fully trained Mental Health First Aiders. The course consists of two main parts which support you to:
Learn about mental health and how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue
Develop skills and knowledge to have effective mental health conversations with your teams
CarmichaelUK is committed to supporting the Mental Health of our Candidates, Clients and Staff. We have pledged our support by becoming Mental Health First Aiders, by having dedicated inhouse Mind champions and by being partners at Mates in Mind.
Did you know Stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases and 54% of all working days lost due to ill health in the Construction Industry (2018/2019).
So, what does a Mental Health First Aider do?
The role of a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace is to be a point of contact for an employee who is experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. This interaction could range from having an initial conversation through to supporting the person to get appropriate help.
The course teaches you a range of skills that you can apply to any situation where you feel someone's mental health is at risk, such as ALGEE. ALGEE is a 5 step action plan to help you approach a situation where you believe Mental Health First Aid is necessary, the acronym stands for:
A - Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
L - Listen and communicate non-judgementally
G - Give support and information
E - Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
E - Encourage other supports
Here are some support lines that could be useful for you, or someone you know:
116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day
InfoLine: 0300 123 3393 to call, or text 86463
Rethink Mental Illness (Rethink was formerly called the National Schizophrenia Fellowship)
National Advice Service: 0300 5000 927 (Open 9:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday)
Helpline: 0800 068 4141
Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm, excluding bank holidays)
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258 (available 24/7)
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58