Harberry Training offers a FAIB accredited First Aid Training Belfast – Course for Mental Health. The course provides detailed information on how you can promote Mental Health and Well-being in your workplace. 

The course is designed to focus on stress and other common mental health illnesses, it includes a comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan to assist those in crisis or in need. 

First things first:

Noticing the Warning Signs

It is important to be able to spot the early warning signs of mental health deterioration within your workforce. Early intervention is vital for both the sake of your employee’s wellbeing and also for the sake of your business. 

It may be time to intervene if you detect one or more of the following warning signs:

  1. Mood swings and erratic behaviour. Mood swings are normal from time to time, as things can happen in our lives that are outside our control which can ultimately lead to us being a little bit more erratic, even in work. But if you notice them becoming more extreme or it begins to have an effect on their colleagues this may be an early warning sign of a mental illness. 
  1. An unhealthy or unkempt appearance/abnormal appearance. Mental Health illnesses often begin to take their toll on the person’s physical appearance. This can manifest itself in different ways: either the person will begin to look exhausted, genuinely unwell or they may begin to put less effort into looking a certain way as they can’t find the energy. Whatever it is, a change in appearance can also be an early warning sign. 
  1. Taking/needing a lot of time off. Employees have been known to pull the occasional “sicky” but if someone begins to take an abnormal amount of time off it may be time to intervene before this begins to affect their work and your overall business. Many large companies account for “mental health days” which is great but also only a temporary fix to a larger problem. Taking a lot of time off can leave them feeling behind in work which will only add to their stress. Therefore if you notice an employee taking a lot of time out, it is best to reach out and seek help.
  1. They take longer to finish tasks. A decrease in productivity and efficiency can also be an early warning sign. Yes we all have our days and get tired from time to time but if this begins to become a recurring problem then there may be a more serious problem. People who suffer from mental health illnesses often struggle with sleep.  This can make it hard to focus and be productive. 
  1. They withdraw from social interactions with their colleagues. If you notice an employee who is normally outgoing and lively suddenly refrain from social situations in work and become withdrawn it is often a sign of a more serious underlying problem. This is because people with mental health illnesses often suffer from isolation, loneliness and self-loathing. 

As an employer or manager it is best to have the tools in place to be able to approach employees who may be struggling. This is where Harberry Training’s First Aid Training Belfast for Mental Health course will help. As it is critical to get expert advice before making a hasty decision.