Why HR Professionals Need Mental Health Training

Now more than ever HR professionals need mental health training. As the first line of defense in addressing issues related to employees’ well-being , HR professionals should possess the skills necessary to identify and respond early to employees’ mental health disorders. … Most businesses today have first aid kits readily available to treat physical conditions at work, mental health first aid training is just as critical.

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. For many people, work is or was the most structured component of their day. Structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organization of your life.

While many HR professionals are currently in the chaos of understanding leave, unemployment, explaining benefits and assisting with the never ending changes surrounding COVID-19, many are missing the opportunity to be trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

This course is perfect for HR professionals because they are the front line to many organizations. Training is typically an 8 hour in person course. Due to COVID-19, you can now take the class virtually. Mental Health First Aid students will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online c

This pandemic has forced many people to put themselves and their loved ones at risk or it has left them economically and socially vulnerable. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones or facing death alone. All of us suffer from having to stay inside (if we can) and from fear of getting sick, but not all of us have the privilege of meaningfully controlling our level of exposure.

Once this is over, and life begins to move back to what it was, what will the trauma look like for those who have not only had to face the virus on the front lines, but also may have suffered loss or illness, or been in proximity to it? What about the frustration of having to work, to expose oneself, knowing that those you serviced were only able to protect themselves at your expense? Would these concerns be similar or identifiable to those more fortunate? In an environment where the worst of the pandemic some will experience will be the frustration and depression of social distancing, and for others it will be the exposure to, infection from, and perhaps even death from the virus.

HR professionals can properly prepare their workforce by attending Mental Health First Aid training right now. We currently are accepting registration for upcoming virtual classes. If you would like to enroll, please leave your information below.

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