Allied Healthcare appoints Mental Health First Aiders

Posted about 1 year ago

As part of Allied Healthcare’s commitment to our employees’ mental health, we have appointed nine Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our organisation to provide support to individuals who are experiencing poor mental health and or emotional distress.

Our MHFAs have completed a recognised, accredited training course by MHFA England to equip them to:

  • Have an understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing;
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues;
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress;
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgmental listening; and
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support, whether through self-help resources, the employer, or the NHS.

Our MHFAs are not qualified therapists or psychiatrists but are there to provide non-judgemental listening and guidance to the workforce.

Carly Barnard, Head of HR who is leading on the initiative, said: “We are committed to ensuring our employees, who may be struggling with their mental health, have the right level of support and guidance in place.

“Our Senior Leadership Team recognises the need for wellbeing support, especially during the past 12 months when our employees have been working on the frontline providing care and support to our service users.”

“Our dedicated team of MHFA’s will promote a workplace culture where staff are free to discuss mental health issues openly and feel supported by their colleagues and Employer when they do so”

A dedicated helpline has been set up for Allied Healthcare employees to contact if they would like to speak to an MHFA.

If you are an Allied Healthcare employee and you would like to speak to one of our MHFA please dial 01707286896 alternatively email: confidential@hcrghomecare.uk.com.

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