Charity support for mental health sufferers

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It is not always easy to spot if somebody is experiencing mental ill health, which can come in many different forms and in some cases are dismissed all too easily as something minor.

Turning a blind eye to certain behaviour, or just hoping a person is ‘going through a phase’ and will be okay after a while could lead to a further deterioration in a person’s mental health.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in 6 people experience mental health problems in the workplace. This can affect a company’s staff attendance levels and productivity, but maintaining good mental health is vital for many reasons. It allows us to make the most of our potential and improves our relationships with the people around us, whether it’s family members, friends or work colleagues.

By learning how to identify when somebody’s personal circumstances might be affecting their mental health you can put yourself in an ideal position to refer them to professional help. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) offers two free mental health training courses; the Mental Health Awareness Training is a two-hour introductory course to raise awareness of mental health, and the Mental Health First Aider Training is a two-day course that qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. With Mental Health Week taking place between 13th-19th May, EIC is highlighting the importance of mental health awareness with real life stories of people who have benefited from the Charity’s help. 

If you would like to learn more about the mental health awareness services the charity can provide please contact Jess Vailima: jess.vailima@electricalcharity.org