Contributed by 3 Eggs
With the daily pressures of work, Managers can be forgiven for dreading the suggestion that they should be adding ‘Mental Health Mentor’ to their skillset. The idea of dedicating time to learn the skills necessary to lead others through the sensitive (and often complicated) maze of mental health matters plaguing the UK workforce is not something that many would relish.
The team at Three Eggs Mental Health Training has taken all of these objections into consideration when devising their flexible Mental Health First Aiders training courses and created an online option that aims to be something more than a generic, ‘off the shelf’ training course.
“We don’t do dull courses” confirms Three Eggs Director, Louise Newby. “We use our combined experience in clinical practice, education and business to illustrate our teaching with real-life examples. These provide relevant, practical guidance that everyone can use to put what they’ve learnt into practice as soon as they return to the workplace”.
As Head of Learning, Louise uses her extensive experience in both the classroom and in educational research to inform and develop training courses that incorporate a wide variety of learning techniques. This means that individuals remain engaged and motivated, so that they learn to their full potential and remember what they have learnt long after the course has finished.
The First Aid for Mental Health courses are available as both RQF level 2 and level 3 options, designed to create an understanding of the main mental health conditions that can impact individuals in the workplace. The course content will help organisations improve their understanding of the main signs and symptoms of these common conditions; to give individuals the confidence to discuss workplace mental health with colleagues and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
“We recognise that signing up for an online course is different to joining physical training”, reassures Louise. “That’s why the only fixed date is the brief introductory session”.
“During the short introductory module, we introduce the course content and explain the teaching and assessment methods. Dates and times for the future sessions are then agreed within a mutual timescale.”
Between taught sessions, resources for independent guided learning are shared, to extend delegate knowledge ready for trainer-led discussions at a time convenient to them. Once ready, the time for the end of course assessment is agreed, giving delegates time to prepare.
Whilst many courses are considered ‘completed’ once the training window ends, Three Eggs Mental Health First Aiders continue to receive ongoing support with access to a dedicated helpline for advice about challenging situations that they encounter at work. They are also provided with resources to maintain a positive mental health culture throughout their organisation.
Louise confirms: “Our courses don’t end with the certificate. We stay in contact with all of our Mental Health First Aiders, providing them with the support they need to fulfil their vital role”.
Workplace mental health strategies only succeed fully when every level of the organisation is involved and committed to reduce the stigma associated with workplace mental health. Providing robust, valuable, long-term solutions is key.
Further information about the Mental Health First Aiders courses can be found on the Three Eggs Mental Health Training website https://www.threeeggs.co.uk/our-courses/
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