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Should every business have a Mental Health First Aider?

Every business will have a physical first aider but what about a mental health first aider?  Mental health problems are common across all sectors of society and the workplace. Many employees feel they cannot talk about the subject or they won’t be supported or will be seen differently.

Many people with mental health problems are still experiencing stigma and discrimination in the workplace and others stop looking for work because they anticipate discrimination.

Did you know that:

  • Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year
  • In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week
  • In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders
  • 1 in 6.8 people are experiencing mental health problems in the workplace
  • Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions
  • UK business can save £8 billion per year by implementing better mental wellbeing support in the workplace

(Statistics above from Mind and Mental Health England).

Now that you know the statistics, what actually is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid. It is designed to raise the awareness of mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Attending a Mental Health First Aid course will provide individuals with:

  • The practical skills, knowledge and confidence to recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Effectively support anyone experiencing mental distress
  • Provide information on how to guide those experiencing problems towards seeking appropriate professional help.

Why should your company have a Mental Health First Aider?

The leading mental health charity, Mind, have indicated that one in four of us are likely to experience a mental health problem each year which is likely to impact on our ability to work.

Mental ill health is one of the most common reasons for long-term sickness absence from work and intervening and providing support for staff with these problems as they occur, rather than waiting for the issues to become sever enough to require long periods of time off work can help save businesses time and money.

Impeller are proud to have signed up to the Time to Change programme, this is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Our first step in the programme was to send two of our employees through Workplace Mental Health First Aid Training, to get involved in the initiative visit

For more information on our mental health first aid training or advice please contact us on or call on 0191 444 2000.  More information can also be found on our website:

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