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Why does your practice need Mental Health First Aiders?

By MWI Animal Health

Mental health is an important issue that affects individuals and businesses alike. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience mental ill health of some form. In today's fast-paced and constantly connected world, it's more important than ever for Practices to prioritise the mental well-being of their employees. One way to do this is by having mental health first aiders within the organisation.

Mental health first aiders are trained individuals who can provide initial support to employees experiencing mental health issues. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify signs of mental distress, provide initial support, and guide employees towards appropriate professional help.

Having mental health first aiders within a business can provide numerous benefits for both employees and the organisation as a whole. For employees, it can provide them with a safe and supportive environment to discuss their mental health concerns. This can lead to early intervention and prevent the development of more serious mental health issues. For the Practice, it can lead to improved employee productivity, reduced absenteeism, and a more positive work culture.

In addition, having mental health first aiders can also demonstrate a Practice’s commitment to the mental well-being of its employees. This can be an important factor in attracting and retaining talented employees.

In conclusion, mental health is an important issue that affects the well-being of employees and the success of businesses. By having mental health first aiders within the organisation, companies can provide support for employees, improve employee productivity, and create a positive work culture. It is a step towards creating a more inclusive and empathetic workplace.

How does this benefit the people being trained?

Being trained as a mental health first aider can provide numerous benefits for the individual, as well as the Practice. Here are a few examples:

  1. Improved knowledge and understanding of mental health: The training provides individuals with a deeper understanding of mental health issues and how to recognise the signs of distress. This can help them better support themselves and others, alongside reducing the stigma associated with the problem.
  2. Increased empathy and compassion: The training can help individuals develop empathy and compassion towards those who are experiencing mental health issues. This can lead to a more supportive and understanding work environment.
  3. Personal growth and development: Being trained as a mental health first aider can be a personal growth opportunity. It can help individuals develop their communication and problem-solving skills and increase their self-awareness.
  4. Job advancement: Being a trained mental health first aider can be a valuable skill to have in the workplace. It can open up opportunities for career advancement and can make the individual a valuable asset to the organisation.
  5. Sense of purpose: By being trained as a mental health first aider, the individual can feel a sense of purpose and contribute to the well-being of their community or workplace. This can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Overall, being trained as a mental health first aider can provide individuals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support the mental well-being of those around them, and also to have a positive impact on the workplace or community. It can also be a valuable personal growth and development opportunity.


If you are interested in hearing how MWI Animal Health can support you and your practice with Mental Health First Aider training and other services we offer, please contact our MWI Buying Group.