Each year, Mental ill health is costing UK employers an estimated £1300 per employee. Mental Health England are calling for businesses to provide mental health first aiders by law, but what are the benefits?
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem this year. With this said, it is more than likely that these issues will be happening in your workplace. Statistics say that 1 in 5 people have taken a day off work due to stress. 90% however, felt they could not tell their employee that mental health was the reason. Being more open about staff well-being will benefit both employer and employees, so what can you do to help?
Addressing and working to improve the mental health of employees will result in a happier and more productive workforce. Consequently, this will reduce the time that employees spend off sick. MHFA training ensures individuals within your team are able to help and promote positive mental health. As a result of this, they can confidently and competently support colleagues experiencing mental ill health.
Benefits of Mental Health First Aid
For only £350+VAT per person, designated employees can be trained to spot the signs and support.
The 2 day course will:
- Give your people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues happy
- Encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
- Empower people with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
- Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health
- Help to embed positive, long-term cultural change across your organisation.
- Ultimately reduce the costs of time taken off work due to mental health
People with the skills and resources to help support mental health are now being specifically placed in teams. This in itself delivers an important message that your businesses cares about the wellbeing of its workforce. As a result, it helps to create a culture that is open and accepting of those experiencing mental ill health and actively supports positive well-being. These promotions not only lower staff turnover but also help in attracting top talent when recruiting with 80% of people more likely to apply to an employer who is open about supporting mental health.
Considering the profound number of benefits to be gained and the devastating outcomes that can be avoided by putting employee mental health and well-being at the forefront of your organisations agenda and skilling staff to support employees it’s obvious that acting is more a case of common sense than considering it an unnecessity.