It can be difficult to spot signs of mental health problems within the workplace and many people are still reluctant to talk about their issues or struggles, with the fear of how they may be perceived by their colleagues and managers and how or if it will affect their careers and working relationships. Some common signs of mental illness to look out for though can include a dip in general morale and productivity in their role, reluctance to participate or cooperate, withdrawal from friends or colleagues, increased anxiety and negative changes in behaviour.

A Mental Health First Aider in the workplace can assist in recognising symptoms, support those who are going through a form of mental health issue and can guide the person to relevant help as needed. Having someone who knows how to react and support someone who is struggling can make the world of difference to that person, and it is usually through relatively small and simple acts of compassion.

Like a first aid course, to become a qualified mental health first aider, you will need to attend a course that has been developed by MHFA England. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs and symptoms of mental illness and teaches them how to be more confident in approaching and helping someone who may be suffering, how to listen to them without interrogating or being judgemental, and how to help reduce the general stigma surrounding mental health. 

Although having a Mental Health First Aider within the workplace isn’t a legal requirement, more and more businesses are recognising the support they can offer to employees, so they are becoming more commonplace which is a great start! The fact that people are talking about these issues more openly is making a difference, and we aim to support our clients in creating cultures of openness and empathy where mental health is promoted.

We have teamed up with our partners at Stress Matters to provide Mental Health First Aid Training, to find out more get in touch, email us at or for more information read here.