Many people are struggling to manage increased feelings of isolation, anxiety and low mood so in this guide, we’ll explore the essentials of creating a Mental Health First Aid Kit, ensuring that every workplace is equipped to support the mental well-being of its employees.
Components of a Mental Health First Aid Kit
Just as a regular first aid kit is a standard in any workplace, so should a mental health first aid kit. Rather than antiseptic wipes and plasters, it should contain tools to promote self-care and strategies to help support mental health.
Information about available resources
Inclusion of pamphlets or posters with information about mental health resources, both within the workplace and in the local community. Provide contact details for employee assistance programs, mental health hotlines, and other relevant support services.
During a mental health crisis, it may be hard to think straight and take decisive action so a reminder for people to store their own important contacts is also useful.
Incorporate materials that promote awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage an open dialogue around mental health. Include information on common mental health conditions, their symptoms, and available treatments.
Advice on self-care
When a person is struggling with how they’re feeling, it can be hard for them to know what to do and self-care is often the first thing we neglect.
For instance, anyone struggling with mental health could be prompted to ask themselves the following:
- Have I drunk water today?
- Have I eaten properly?
- Have I taken my medication?
- Have I showered and brushed my teeth?
- Am I getting enough sleep?
- Do I need to take some deep breaths and ground myself?
- Do I need to ask for some support?
Quiet space or break area
Include details of a designated quiet space or break area where employees can retreat for a moment of relaxation and recharge. This area should be conducive to fostering a sense of calm and mindfulness.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
The mental health toolkit should clearly outline the details of available Employee Assistance Programs, emphasising confidentiality and the range of services they provide. This could include counselling services, wellness programs, or workshops on stress management.
Training for managers and employees
Implementing training for both managers and employees helps to enhance and promote awareness about mental health, available support and resources.
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