In a comment piece for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at MHFA England, has written for Ethical Corporation on the need for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the workplace.

With research by the Mental Health Foundation revealing that over a quarter of people (28 per cent) feel that stress reduces their productivity at work, the article emphasises that change needs to start at the top. Jaan writes that by training senior leaders in MHFA skills, conversations about stress will become more transparent and less stigmatised across the whole organisation.

He goes on to highlight examples of large firms such as Deloitte, PwC and WHSmith, which have taken proactive steps towards addressing this. With only 14 per cent of people feeling comfortable to discuss stress with a manager, Jaan explains how MHFA training has helped these employers create a more supportive and non-judgemental atmosphere around stress. The piece concludes by signposting readers to the ‘Address Your Stress’ toolkit, a series of free resources launched by MFHA England to help workplaces combat stress.

The full article is available here.

For more about the ‘Address Your Stress’ toolkit, click here.