Mental Health First Aid Officers
It is common for workplaces to appoint physical first aid officers. Now, lots of workplaces are also seeing the value of appointing skilled individuals to provide mental health first aid.
Appointing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Officers in your workplace is a positive way to demonstrate that your organisation cares about individual well-being. MHFA Officers are trained to provide initial informal support to other employees in the workplace, outside of Human Resources and Workplace Health & Safety departments. They can complement formal support services, like Employee Assistance Programs.
MHFA Officers an emerging trend
As part of building a mentally healthy workplace, many industries and organisations are making MHFA Officers a workplace requirement. For example, the Downer Group, Lendlease and law firm Norton Rose Fullbright all have nominated MHFA Officers. The South Australian public service, Enterprise Agreement requires workplaces to train the same number of staff in MHFA as there are Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and First Aid Officers at the workplace.
Download a case study of how Downer implemented MHFA
Appointing MHFA Officers is a positive way to demonstrate that your organisation cares about individual well-being. It can strengthen a supportive workplace culture and improve cohesion, retention and engagement.
Workplaces report that MHFA Officers provide valuable support to staff, by encouraging employees to speak openly about mental health and being able to facilitate early intervention.
MHFA Officers report that they feel competent and confident to have an MHFA conversation and encourage professional help in their workplace.
MHFA Officers work with existing workplace support, encouraging staff they support to make use of of EAP programs and other services
Download the Workplace Implementation Guide
We are here to support you throughout your journey creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace. Download our implementation guide for tips and information on how to appoint MHFA Officers and implement MHFA training in your workplace.
If you have any questions, we are here to help.