First Aid for Mental Health

Just like your physical health, there is no good health without good mental health. 

First Aid for Mental Health (FA4MH) is every bit as important as any type of First Aid and can save lives. During recent times, the COVID19 Pandemic has affected us all.

First Aider for Mental Health Trainer - Nick Jarrold, Exeter, Devon

If you become skilled in providing First Aid for Mental Health you could be saving a life.

Me the Leader is now qualified to deliver First Aid for Mental Health events and courses which can take place in the workplace or via a Virtual Classroom using ZOOM or Microsoft Teams.

In addition to providing regulated Ofqal courses:

First Aid for Mental Health Awareness Level 1 FAA Award
First Aid for Mental Health Level 2 FAA Award
First Aid for Youth Mental Health Awareness Level 2 FAA Award
Supervising First Aid for Mental Health Level 3 FAA Award

we will also be providing further First Aid for Mental Health training:

Senior Leadership and Executive Coaching for First Aid for Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • We will negotiate an agreed number of Coaching sessions with Senior Leaders to help integrate a culture of Mental Health Awareness and support within your organisation. Typically 2 or 3 sessions to reach an agreed way forward within a proposed Action Plan.

Walk and Talk sessions on Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • An innovative and creative way of addressing the issues that surround Mental Health within your team, organisation or you as an individual. This would involve an outdoor element of holding conversations whilst taking in the peace and tranquility of our beautiful surroundings. This could incorporate one of the Regulated Ofqal courses or result in an agreed Action Plan to take away.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Pop-up Shops 

  • Pop-up Shops for Community or Communal areas to encourage engagement in the key issues that cover Mental Health. This would be a hub of information, leaflets and informal, relaxed guidance and advice. Set up in a busy communal space for a day, or number of days, to enable staff and customers to choose whether they would like to access information and advice. 

Our range of training/course options will provide you with the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. 

Where are you and your colleagues and team members on the continuum of Mental Health and Wellbeing?

mental health continuum

Poor Mental Health will not just improve by itself…we need to take action and ‘do something’. The referenced statistics below give some useful facts about stress, anxiety and depression and Mental ill-health in the Workplace.

Mental health in the workplace

  • 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time (1)

  • There were 602,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19 in Great Britain (2)

  • In 2018/19, stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 44% of all cases of work-related ill health and 54% of all working days lost due to health issues in GB (2)

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off due to stress. Yet, 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence (3)

  • Presenteeism accounts for 2 times more losses than absences (4)

  • Every year it costs business £1,300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported (4)

  • Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year (4) 

    Note: Different studies will estimate the cost of mental ill health in different ways. Other reputable research estimates this cost to be as high as £74–£99 billion (5)

  • People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs every year at around double the rate of those without a mental health condition. This equates to 300,000 people – the equivalent of the population of Newcastle or Belfast (5)

  • 9% of employees who disclosed mental health issues to their line manager reported being disciplined, dismissed or demoted (6) 

    Note: The percentage of people reporting discipline, dismissal or demotion in the Business in the Community report has reduced over the last three years: it was 15% in 2017, 11% in 2018 and 9% in 2019.

  • 69% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill, but only 13% have received mental health training. 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions (6)


  1. McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 [Internet]. Leeds; 2016. Available from:
  2. Health and Safety Executive. Work-related Stress, Depression or Anxiety Statistics in Great Britain 2019 [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 6]. Available from:
  3. Mind. Work is biggest cause of stress in people’s lives [Internet]. 2013. Available from:
  4. Centre for Mental Health. Mental health at work: The business costs ten years on [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 16]. Available from:
  5. Stevenson D, Farmer P. Thriving at work: The Independent Review of Mental Health and Employers [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Nov 22]. Available from:
  6. Business in the Community. Mental Health at Work 2019: Time To Take Ownership [Internet]. 2019. Available from:
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If you need any support in First Aid for Mental Health or to develop the support you offer within your organisation, team or community, please make contact with me for an initial conversation. Anything and everything happens through conversations.

Now is the time for First Aid for Mental Health.

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