Mental Health First Contacts

We have invited the ’MIND’ Charity Team to our LCI Project to provide our Managers with a Mental Health First Contact Course. This course enables attendees to have the skills and confidence to act as a first point of contact for anyone who has concerns or questions about their own, or somebody’s else mental health.

Maria Bhatti (Service Coordinator for MIND) talked about the myths regarding mental health, how to notice the signs, how we can manage our mental health at work and what can cause mental ill health in the first place. All attendees learned the five main ways to wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be active
  • Take notice
  • Learn
  • Give

The course lasted for three hours and by the end all eight attendees passed an assessment and have been issued with Certificate for completion.

The mental health first contact is not authorised to give clinical advice, but to share what they do know and signpost others to appropriate forms of support. Best Practice for the new mental health first contacts is to be approachable, empathise and listen, show understanding and tell them about support available.

Mental Health can affect anyone. Right now 1 in 6 workers are experiencing depression, stress or anxiety. Therefore, LCI is proud to provide seven mental health first contacts in the workplace.

LCI used the opportunity that MIND is on site and organised a follow up meeting with the workforce to introduce the new mental health first contacts on site.

MIND team also talked to our workforce and gave little tips on how to manage stress and depression, on physical activities and relaxation, and also issued their guide to seeking help for a mental health problem.

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