As part of Growing Talent we deliver the global Mental Health First Aider qualification for every Growing Talent Associate on the programme and invite some of the employer managers as well.
This intense course makes up the first two days of the Holistic Week, which for Growing Talent 21 was 29 and 30 April 2019.
The course teaches confidence and awareness in recognising a change in someone, starting a conversation, signposting on to appropriate help and – vitally – self care.
The first day sets the solid foundation of the work of mental health covering legislation, the start of MHFA in Australia the spread throughout the globe, depression and suicide. The five global steps of intervention are introduced and used throughout the day. ALGEE is fundamental in remembering the process to support someone and ourselves. Keen to ensure there is no communication misunderstanding, I introduce ‘reflect back’ from the start of the MHFA course. After listening, it’s essential in my opinion to reflect back what we’ve heard to ensure we have the facts. Especially crucial when raising suicidal thoughts. Day two covers anxiety, personality and eating disorders as well as psychosis – focussing on BiPolar and Schizophrenia.
Shennell joined us for the week to support and encourage the guys. She did Growing Talent some four years ago. She took a photo of her original manual and the current one for comparison.
We all agreed the new manual is a big improvement and a gym workout as well!
So after two exhausting days, what did the Growing Talent Associates and employers think?
“Intense course but essential in today’s society”
“This course has exceeded by expectations.”
“I’ve learnt a deeper understanding of mental illness and methods to support”
“This course gave me a better understanding of mental ill health”
“I can now empathise what a person may go through”
“It has changed my approach to mental health.”
“My confidence has increased a lot. I can now understand rather than judge people”
“I have learnt so much”
“A very insightful two days”
“I now have the knowledge to support someone and keep myself safe”
“A brilliant course. Please continue to teach it”
There was unanimous agreement on increased knowledge, tools learnt, fear factor greatly reduced and confidence to plan, start and signpost a conversation with someone struggling.
A great day at the office then!
All delegates were given the homework to spend one hour on themselves before returning on Wednesday for the continuance of the Holistic Week.
We should all take time to nurture ourselves. Don’t you agree?