Seetec Staff Benefit from Mental Health First Aid Training
Managers across Seetec’s centres in Ireland can now better support their teams after gaining Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills as part of their line management training.
The 2-day course will enable Seetec staff to identify if a team member may be developing a mental health issue or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental health issues are a growing societal problem with 1 in 5 people of working age experiencing a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression (OECD, 2011).
Poor mental health not only impacts the person, but employers and society also feel the consequences. The Healthy Ireland Framework estimates that mental health difficulties cost the Irish economy €11 billion each year, much of which is related to lost productivity in the labour market.
Research clearly demonstrates the economic returns on investing in mental health support with early interventions such as the Mental Health First Aid programme.
Karl Milne, Operations Director, said: “We’re pleased that our centre management teams have received this valuable training. It allows them to better support their teams in delivering our services”
The course is designed to give staff:
• An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
• A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
• An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
• Confidence to support someone in distress
Speaking about the training, Chantelle Lamont, Deputy Business Manager at Seetec Blanchardstown said “Many of us have either been affected directly or indirectly by some form of mental health related illness and it is now more common than uncommon in Ireland. I feel it is central to the work we provide that we understand and highlight the importance of looking after and maintaining good mental health”.
“It was very interesting to learn about the different types of mental health difficulties and the challenges people face if they have these struggles” said Grace Moore, Business Manager at Seetec Swords and Balbriggan, “I will be a lot more confident in approaching and talking to my team about minding our mental health”.