Friday 23 June saw the delivery on the third in a series of MHFALite workshops for a global financial services organisation in London. Places for a total of 60 people over the three workshops were well received.
MHFALite is the 3hour introduction to mental health first aid. It is a short introduction to a big subject! The course involves a lot of interaction, films and group work. Having a table to work from is essential.
First potential pressure point – no table in the room! The organiser had assumed all training rooms had tables in. Unfortunately this room is used for non-interactive sessions!
Good humour was my tool of choice in ensuring the experience for the delegates was not diluted because of this. Despite this hiccup, there was a lot of sharing experiences, issues at work and even some laughter.
A great session. But what did the delegates think?
‘I will be more confident in knowing what to do. I will also be more vocal when discussion the implementation of company policy in this area with senior management’.
‘Jane was authentic – added a real human touch’
‘I now have a list of resources handy and will be open minded when having conversations’
‘Helpful in identifying initial changes, language to use and addressing stigma’.
‘I now know what resources to access’.
‘Interesting to learn the link between physical and mental health’.
‘Jane was really passionate, pragmatic, realistic and knowledgeable’.
‘Really good course. I would recommend it being made more available’.
‘An enormous amount of information to improve the business units approach in this area’.
‘One of the things I learnt was it’s ok to not get involved if I don’t feel comfortable’.
‘Jane was approachable, encouraging and knowledgable’.
‘Great course – wish everyone had the chance to do it’.
‘I learnt to focus on the small things – subtle changes – rather than be solution focussed’.
‘Brilliant course, well worth the investment in time. Jane is great – makes this topic very accessible and has a great delivery.’
‘I loved the ALGEE framework which is easy to remember.’