Emergency First Response launches its Mental Health Awareness Distinctive Course


Emergency First Response (EFR) launched its Mental Health Awareness (MHA) Distinctive course at the end of November when 20 EFR Instructors completed the Mental Health First Aid prerequisite training needed to apply for this EFR Instructor credential.

Mental health in the workplace is a growing concern. While health and safety provision is made to address physical first aid, now the spotlight is on employers to also evaluate the need, and provide adequate provision, for the mental wellbeing of their staff. This may include providing training in the awareness of mental health issues and associated stigmas, and how to recognise signs and symptoms and provide support to someone who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Emergency First Response, in partnership with Chartered Psychologist Dr Richard Castle, has released a course to meet employers’ needs where risk assessments sight mental health awareness in the workplace as needed. The half day EFR MHA Distinctive course introduces both management and employees to mental health issues, how to be aware of them and ways in which to provide support.

For more information on becoming an EFR MHA Distinctive Instructor contact PADI Instructor Development at id.emea@padi.com

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