Enroute to Making MHFA Traing a Legal Requirement

Enroute to Making MHFA Traing a Legal Requirement

MHFA is just as important as physical first aid

MHFA is just as important as physical first aid

For a while now I have been saying that mental health first aid needs to be a legal requirement in businesses, in the same way that physical first aid is. The two should be treated on parity. There is no health without mental health.* I even predicted within the next 5 to 10 years it will become law. The process is starting.

According to Mental Health First Aid England an announcement is due today. “The Right Honourable MP Norman Lamb will lead a call on government to make MHFA part of the first aid regulations for employers.” The timing is no coincidence – today Monday 10th October 2016 is World Mental Health Day 2016.

What does this mean for business? You have two options –

  1. Wait until it’s law and then join the rush (with all the others) to comply.
  2. Get ahead of the game, make the most of the CSR** opportunity this presents for your marketing and HR announcements and get your staff trained NOW. Who would not want to work for an organisation that is not supportive to mental health issues.

As a Mental Health First Aid Course Trainer accredited to Mental Health First Aid England let me train your team. Let’s get your course(s) setup – contact

*Link here

** CSR  = corporate social responsibility

Happiness on the Agenda for Guernsey

Happiness on the Agenda for Guernsey

Tickets for a second, ground-breaking mental health and wellbeing conference organised in the island of Guernsey are now on sale.

Thrive 2020 10/10/2016

Thrive 2020 will take place in St Peter Port this October and will ask speakers and the audience to answer one simple question – how can Guernsey become the happiest country on Earth?

The bold question reflects the organisers’ ambition for the future of this small Channel Island’s community.

‘Happiness is a common goal. It is something that parents want for their children; it creates an environment for productivity and creativity and it is something that is within reach for all of us,’ explains Marc Winn, one of the conference organisers.

Speakers and attendees at Thrive 2020 in 2015

Speakers and attendees at Thrive 2020 in 2015

 

‘Guernsey is small enough to implement changes easily while having a large enough population to track those changes. We also believe that what happens here can be a role model for other communities and we believe Thrive 2020 can have a tangible impact both here and abroad.’

 

Conference organisers from the Dandelion Project are bringing together a myriad of experts from the fields of education, workplace wellbeing, neuroscience, health, community and spirituality to speak.

Over 20 speakers, including 13 experts from the UK and Europe, will focus on the subject of happiness and mental wellbeing.

International speakers include Susan Hayward of Susan Hayward Mental Health First Aid Training, in Hampshire. “I am delighted to be joining The Dandelion Project for this year’s Thrive 2020 to talk about how mental health first aid can help Guernsey become the happiest place on the earth to live.”

As well as attracting experts from across Europe, local speakers include Deputy Gavin St Pier, Dr Greg Lydall, a General Adult Psychiatrist with Guernsey’s Health and Social Care team, men’s coach Andre Duquemin and Valerie Winn, co-founder of the Guernsey-based Feminine Truth project.

The theme of happiness has a very broad appeal and stems from the Dandelion Project’s research on what matters most to islanders. ‘We have been asking the local community what is truly important to them. Happiness is the answer we get time and time again. We felt it was important to run a regular event on this topic,’ explains Mr Winn.

It is anticipated that the 20 talks will inspire, educate and excite the audience, as well as sparking debate and conversations that the organisers hope will make an impact on the community.

The 2015 Thrive 2020 conference was highly praised by speakers who were invited from the UK and beyond to participate, with one presenter saying that Guernsey was ‘leading the way’ with the organisation of this type of event. ‘The success of last year’s conference has helped us to attract some highly respected speakers who are excited about the prospect of being part of a project that can make a real difference,’ says Mr Winn.

Thrive 2020

Thrive 2020