First aid training is a great way to add something extra to a resume, prepare for potentially dangerous situations, and to enable a greater opportunity to be of service to others, and many people have decided to participate in training workshops for these benefits. But mental health first aid is a less popular prospect, in part owing to the relative novelty of the idea. Recently, a charity organization in Wales has developed a specialized course for businesspeople interested in bringing the concept of first aid to the mental health arena.
The program, largely designed to help professionals in supervisory roles learn about mental health and possible related challenges in the workplace, has been delivering basic knowledge about the field of psychology to participants for many months. The charity notes that while traditional first aid training is commonly found in office and other professional environments, the ability to understand and effectively interact within the context of mental health concerns is usually lacking. The program hopes to help those in management positions be prepared for potentially stressful situations, such as changes in work, disciplinary action, and other aspects of professional life that can leave some employees feeling less than enthusiastic about their jobs.
The program also hopes to create positive change in the workplace, empowering supervisors to facilitate programs and foster environments that are more conducive to happy employees. Through bringing some of the basic benefits of positive psychology to the the workplace, the first-aid program promises to help Welsh workers achieve a greater well-being on the job, as well as educate much of the public about the core concepts of mental and emotional health.
Wales Online. (2009, July 20). Mental health matters: Ewan Hilton. Retrieved from http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/health/mental-health-matters-ewan-hilton-2095229
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