There are now trained Mental Health First Aiders across the organisation

One team, valuing everyone – be part of creating our mentally healthy workplace

We now have over 40 Mental Health First Aiders trained across the organisation and will increase this number to approximately 150 by end of 2020.

As part of a Mental Health Action Plan we are rolling out a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) network across the organisation. Aberdeen City Council is committed to providing a mentally healthy workplace for all of our employees.  To ensure we’re looking after our mental health as much as our physical health, we’re looking to grow a network of Mental Health First Aiders.  The MHFA volunteers will have the skills and knowledge to support our colleagues with key information on local services and will have the ability to signpost to these local resources should they be needed.

Would you like to help to reduce the stigma around mental health to create a move positive culture, play an active role in recognising critical warning signs of mental health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support?

If so, do you have the following qualities to be a MHFA?

Are you genuinely interested in helping and supporting people who may be in crisis?
Do you have a desire to learn about mental health?
Do you have good communication and listening skills?
Do you have a listening ear that is non-judgemental?
Do you regard yourself as personally resilient eg able to deal with sensitive possibly harrowing information / situations?
Do you display compassion, kindness and empathy in the right way depending on the situation?
Are you able to maintain confidentiality?
Do you look after your own mental health and feel undertaking this role would suit you?
Have you discussed undertaking the role of MHFA with your line manager?
Do you have your line managers full support to be released from duties where necessary?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above and are still interested in becoming a MHFA please complete and submit the online form below.

NB.  Line Managers Only.  The MHFA training is available to upskill you as a line manager in understanding and dealing with mental health in the workplace however,  you can choose whether or not to become a MHFA.  This training will be available via peopledevelopment@aberdeencity.gov.uk.  Please get in touch to register your interest.

How to contact your Mental Health First Aiders!

click the images to see the full size poster.  Please print and pin up on staff noticeboards

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