Carl Preece, Sustainability Adviser, has been highlighted and praised for completing all three Adult MHFA England courses which includes mental health aware, mental health champion and metal health first aider. Passing all three courses will also further support Carl’s role as part of the mental health working group – Talk Team.
Although attending all three courses is not compulsory, Carl wanted to expand his knowledge and give himself the best opportunity to support as many colleagues as possible.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England offers a range of training to empower people to spot signs of mental ill health and offer first aid support. By improving mental health skills, confidence and access to support, the training assists in reducing stigma, increasing wellbeing, and encouraging people to thrive at work.
Carl said: “I am proud to qualify in all three fields. The courses have taken three and a half days, within which time I learned a great deal and took on lots of information which has given me a whole new understanding of mental health. We have all known someone impacted by mental health and I am now equipped to guide, signpost and support those at work and outside. ”
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised programme designed to raise the profile of mental ill health to the level of physical ill health. Volunteers are trained to learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.
Rachel Baldwin, VP HR, added: “I want to congratulate Carl for completing all three courses. I am very pleased to see more and more colleagues complete these courses and support our mental health drive which is helping open new conversations and options to support one another with our mental health.”