Mental Health First Aiders
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.
Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don't tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.
Our Trust Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) are staff volunteers who act as a point of contact and offer reassurance to colleagues who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. All have completed an internationally recognised training course.
If you would like to speak to a MHFA in confidence, you can find their details here. If you are comfortable to do so, please contact a MHFA in your Care Group in the first instance. For more information on MHFAs, please contact Bernadette Pritchard, Inclusion and Wellbeing Lead on Ext 3100.
Please be aware that MHFAs can listen and signpost you to sources of help. They cannot give ongoing support or counselling, and are not available outside of their work hours.
More information is available on the MHFA England website.
Frequently asked questions about MHFA are available here.