Right time for mental health training
Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, On Architecture’s office manager, Ali Chivers, has completed her training to become a Mental Health First Aider.
Ali’s course, undertaken through Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity, focused on an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. It included practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues, as well as the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
Commenting after completing the training, Ali said: “The last year has been challenging not just for every business, but also for every one of us as individuals. We must all do everything we can to adopt a positive approach to our collective mental wellbeing and remove the longstanding stigma around mental health.
“The training was excellent and a big thank you must go to the Lighthouse Club for everything it does for our industry. It means I am now better placed to spot the signs of people who are struggling and support not only my colleagues but also family and friends.”
Importantly, the course also helps the first aider to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support, whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix of all of them.