Mental Health

Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project

What is Mental Health? 

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and consultancy is here to support you to manage wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life. They work alongside you to deliver training that complements and enhances your existing wellbeing strategy, if you have one. If you don’t, they’ll get you started on that journey and guide you along the way.

MHFA England training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. They don’t teach people to be therapists, but they do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

By skilling your organisation in MHFA you can:

  • Give your people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy
  • Encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
  • Empower people with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive in work
  • Stop preventable health issues arising by building a supportive culture around mental health
  • Help to embed positive, long term cultural change across your organisation

Find out more about MHFA below:-  

Mental Health at Work

Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is here to help you find the information and resources you need. They have over 200 resources and several toolkits which provide a good introduction to a particular theme or topic.  

Find out more and access the Mental Health at Work resources below:- 

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