According to the mental health charity, Mind, ‘approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year’. This might include anything from anxiety and depression, to the more severe bipolar and psychotic disorders. Whatever forms these health problems may take, the impact on each individual can be extremely distressing and affects many areas of their life.

Marlowe Critical Services is dedicated to recognising the mental health needs of its team members and providing useful and appropriate support when needed. That’s why we have decided to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training; as part of a wider initiative, this reflects our commitment to a more proactive approach in caring for and supporting the wellbeing of all employees.

On Thursday 7th March, volunteers from across the Fire Division came together at our Risley Offices for the first Adult Mental Health First Aid training day. It was designed to help them recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. The course is also intended to encourage people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture.

The day proved a resounding success, and attendees were quick to comment on how useful and worthwhile the training had been. Here are just some of the messages received:

“The day was very informative and I think it will be a huge benefit for the business moving forward”

“Thank you very much for the course. I enjoyed it very much and found it very interesting”

“I really enjoyed the day, the instructor put everything across in a way that was easy to understand. I am sure it will benefit the business going forward”

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers for giving their time to participate and for engaging so thoroughly with the training!

If you would like to learn more about Adult Mental Health First Aid, click here.

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