Life has been challenging over the past few years with Covid, lockdowns, social and financial pressures.
In September Fire and Safety Australia Pty Ltd launched our new Mental Health First Aid training program. This course is available to both corporate and public customers and to accommodate people in remote areas and in lockdown states we are delivering this course via online learning. The course is a 2 day commitment with 5-7 hours of pre course learning and 1 day online learning.
The MHFA coursed covers subjects such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, psychosis and how to assist someone in a mental health crisis. It provides real world scenarios and an opportunity to reflect on the ongoing health of the person suffering a mental health issue as well as the first aider.
Information on this course is available on the FSA website or via the attached link-https://lnkd.in/d6CNEJn2
The course was originally rolled out internally with personnel from all levels and departments of the business being involved. Our CEO Steve McLeod was one of our first participants and has seen the benefit of not just teaching but also adopting the framework and incorporating it within our business structure and culture.
FSA have committed to a number of actions which have assisted us in achieving gold status recognition from Mental Health First Aid Australia’s Skilled Workplace Program.
1. FSA will offer and pay for all of our staff to sit this course before XMAS should they want to
2. All FSA senior leaders will sit the MHFA course before XMAS
3. Displaying MHFA wall chart with ALGEE as an important way to show awareness of MHFA in our offices
4. Further promoting our EAP and MHFA programs across the business
5. FSA will offer this course to our clients for face to face and remote training delivery
6. Ask for suggestions from our team on how FSA can better support their mental health in the workplace
The Mental Health First Aid Australia Skilled Workplace Program recognises workplaces for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training. All of the MHFA Skilled Workplaces are recognised and celebrated as not only investing in the development of mental health first aid skills in their people, but also showing a strong commitment to embedding the program into their organisation’s culture.
Research shows that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year.
Mentally healthy workplaces promote education and adopt policies and practices that create a culture of care where employees are encouraged to talk openly about mental health.
FSA are proud to be joining businesses and governments from all industries and states across Australia as a Gold Accredited Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace.