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Wellbeing in the workplace

Are you concerned about the wellbeing of your workforce?

Have you noticed a decrease in productivity?

If your answer is yes to the above then it’s likely some of your employees are presenting themselves at work whilst unwell. This is known as presenteeism or sickness presence and accounts for 35 workdays lost per worker per year in the UK .  *https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210604-why-presenteeism-always-wins-out-over-productivity

By introducing wellbeing initiatives into the workplace, not only can this improve the wellbeing and morale of staff, in turn, it can improve productivity and reduce staff turnover. We can offer Mental Health First Aid training and also if it might better suit your needs, our unique specially designed bespoke courses. There are many reasons why employers should invest in the mental health of their staff. Please click here for more information. 

10 Reasons For Employers To Invest In Staff Mental Health


Why Mental Health First Aid?

Poor mental health costs UK employers up to £56 billion a year, an increase of 25% compared to 2019, based on a new Deloitte study. Their analysis also reveals that employers who invest in mental health support of their workforce can make significant gains with an average £5 return for every £1 spent on wellbeing support. Mental health and employers: the case for investment – pandemic and beyond | Deloitte UK

MHFA training has become an internationally recognised training programme accredited by The Royal Society of Public Health and acknowledged on the UK Social Enterprise Roll of Honour 2020 for social impact supporting the mental health of the nation during the pandemic.  It has developed to become the certified ‘go to’ mental health training for employers and beyond.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the initial help you would give someone developing a mental health issue, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health issue, or in a mental health crisis. As a certified mental health first aider you will know how to identify, approach and assist someone until they receive appropriate professional treatment, or the crisis is resolved. 


Why use Mind in Croydon for your training needs?

Mind in Croydon has not only been a leading charity for over 55 years, but our in-house trainer has been immersed in mental health and the provision of services designed to support people. This makes our trainer uniquely able to respond to your delegates with expertise and knowledge gained from a true understanding of the many aspects of mental health. Not only can we provide MHFA but we also design and deliver bespoke training sessions. These can be specifically tailored to meet your needs and we have received excellent feedback from the teams who have benefitted from our bespoke sessions. For more information see below.

Our offers of MHFA and bespoke training to teams is ideal for those seeking to gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of the issues surrounding mental health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Awareness Courses We are certified to provide two types of MHFA courses, outlined  below. Our decades of, experience providing support to people with mental health issues, has given us an excellent   grounding in how the mental health system works, and of other provision available, both locally in Croydon and nationally. In addition to the MHFA materials provided, as a supplementary to the course, we will provide all learners with useful mental health literature and ‘quick tip’ guides on Wellbeing that can prove useful when supporting someone else, but also to help promote wellbeing in the workplace.

We are hugely supportive of the content of the MHFA training and are pleased to be able to provide additional value in using our in-house certified instructors who are also mental health experts.

In addition to this, our prices are competitive for group bookings of 8 or more delegates for the 2-day MHFA course and 15 or more for the 1/2 day Awareness course (details below).


1.    Mental Health First Aider course (2 day – online)

This two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. In doing so:

  • You will learn to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
  • MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
  • You will learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
  • You will also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
  • You will gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Who should attend this course?

This course is suitable for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgemental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.


  • Two day online course across four manageable sessions
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who completes the course will get:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®)
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A quick reference card for the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • You will also have access to the MHFAider Support App that is designed to support trained MHFAiders in their role.


2.    Mental Health Awareness course (1/2 day – online)

This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers: 

  • 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 or who may be experiencing a mental health issue


  • This is a half day course delivered via online video conferencing
  • Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
  • We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are Mental Health Aware
  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health


Bespoke presentations and courses

If you are interested in our bespoke training we would be delighted to carry out a free no obligation consultation to establish your needs within the workplace and put together a relevant training package. Please call 07907 574890 or email training@mindincroydon.org.uk for further information or to arrange an appointment.


Please click here for the Mental Health First Aid leaflet.


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