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More ‘first aiders’ for Mental Health Awareness Week

Three more people at RiskSTOP Group have completing their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training this week.

The online training course, developed by Mental Health First Aid England, helps people to recognise the key warning signs of mental ill health, giving them greater confidence to approach and support others. As a Group we now have a ‘magnificent’ twelve Mental Health First Aiders.

The success of our three newly qualified team members coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year focuses on raising awareness of the impact of loneliness.

RiskSTOP Group is committed to promoting good mental health. As we employ more staff and assessors, and with the recent launch of our brand-new Training Academy, we believe it is important to train more of our team to support a growing number of colleagues.

Rebecca Wood (left of picture), who is one of our three new Mental Health First Aiders, said: “I have always been keen to support others and so it’s great to work for a company with a strong focus on the wellbeing of its employees. I’ve recently been training a group of new assessors, and since starting this role I’ve realised that I also needed to broaden my knowledge of mental health to be fully able to support others around me.

“This course has helped me understand in more depth, the different aspects of mental health, but more importantly the supportive measures I can put in place to help those in need.”

RiskSTOP Group HR Manager Natalie Joyce, who has previously completed MHFA training herself, added: “I am delighted to have so many members within our team complete the Mental Health First Aid England course. The course delivers an in-depth understanding of mental health and provides the attendees with the confidence to step in and reassure and support their colleagues, friends and family. As we continue to grow as a group ensuring that our staff have a solid support network is of paramount importance to us.”

To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and Loneliness, click here.

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