I have just had an intense but very rewarding and enlightening two days!

The Lodge Group team have just been on a Mental Health First Aid training course. This course enabled me to gain an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. I also learnt practical skills which will help me spot trigger signs and feel more confident stepping in and helping others.

As business/team leaders, we must encourage and promote mental health in the same way as physical health. De-stigmatising mental ill-health and enabling everyone to feel confident to talk about it openly must be a priority. It is also vital to make sure you invest time in your own personal mental health and wellbeing. I will definitely be taking a new approach back to the workplace.

Many thanks to My Mental Health First Aid England www.mhfaengland.org

John Timbs – MD

Mental Health First Aid England is ‘on a mission to train one in ten of the population in England in Mental Health First Aid skills – because we all have mental health’. They want to empower people while breaking down the stigmas that people face every day. By doing this they aim to help people manage their mental health better and ultimately thrive in their home, social and working life. They provide training for your workplace, as well as tailored courses for supporting young people, students, people with learning disabilities and the Armed Forces community. They offer a variety of courses, from a half a day ‘Mental Health Awareness’ course to a full ‘Mental Health First Aid Training’ qualification. They also have courses for individuals who wish to become a Mental Health First Aid trainer themselves.