In recent years we’ve seen a positive shift in how mental health is approached in various environments, including the workplace. As a mental health first aider, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of this positive change here at Groundsure seeing both the benefits to our workplace and unexpectedly some personal benefits too. Had I known my training would complete just a few months short of a global pandemic I’d have baulked but I’m so glad I didn’t, and yes I would do it again. Let me explain why.
Early Intervention and Prevention:
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a mental health first aider is the ability to help colleagues by providing early intervention and prevent a potential crisis, using appropriate resources or professional help at the right time. This not only improves individual well-being and success and happiness in the workplace.
Creating a Supportive Environment:
As a mental health first aider, I’m helping nurture a more empathetic workplace culture to reduce stigma and promotie a sense of belonging. A safe space that individuals feel comfortable seeking or initiating other support.
Increased Awareness and Education:
I’ve had the opportunity to raise awareness and educate others about mental health, further contributing to a more inclusive and compassionate workplace culture while reducing stigma associated with the challenges so many face with mental health. We’ve invited external speakers including Mind, Thrive, and other wellbeing specialists to explore mental health challenges with our teams and strategies for improvement, making it an ongoing learning journey.
Enhanced Communication and Collaboration:
Mental health first aid training equipped me with valuable communication skills, allowing me to navigate sensitive conversations effectively and to listen actively. These skills not only benefit individuals facing mental health challenges but also extend to my everyday interactions at work. I’ve witnessed this strengthen relationships, encourage teamwork and enhance collaboration with a range of teams working over so many platforms post 2020.
Personal Growth and Empowerment:
Engaging in mental health first aid has been empowering for me. The knowledge and skills gained through training has boosted my self-confidence and emotional resilience. Witnessing the positive impact of my actions on others’ lives reinforces my belief in the power of compassion and inspires me to continue as an advocate for mental health.
Being a mental health first aider in the workplace has been a fulfilling and impactful experience. A role offering numerous benefits to both individuals and to our organisation as a whole. I’d wholeheartedly encourage others to offer to do the same for their teams.