Melissa's story about Mental Health First Aid

Melissa's story about Mental Health First Aid



I work in human resources and I remember one day observing my manager who was supporting an employee who was having a mental health crisis and my manager had such confidence to support this employee and get them to seek professional help and when the employee was safe we had a debrief and my manager said to me that she'd gained the skills to have that conversation through the Mental Health First Aid training program and that's when I decided that I too wanted to be a mental health first aider and they booked on to the next course the most valuable takeaways for me out of the two-day mental health first aid training program were that I really got an understanding of the different mental health issues and it wasn't just about anxiety and depression which I already had a little bit of information on it really took me on a journey to understanding what people may be going through in the workplace outside those issues and then if those issues did present themselves how I best manage it how I best manage a crisis and what a crisis looks like and how I get that person to help really quickly less than six months ago I was with an employee who was having a mental health crisis and at that point in time I felt so empowered to support this person and ask the right questions and then get the person help that they needed and it made me reflect on how far I'd come since doing that training program and I knew that it had given me so much confidence to go ahead and have these types of conversations and support our employees I'm Melissa i'ma HR business partner and I am a mental health first aid oh I am one I am one I am one I won they won too

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