When someone has trained as a MHFA they are left to get on with it and hope it works out. Reality for many is that it can be a stressful position to be in. As it’s a dynamic and evolving discussion that is constantly changing, it’s important to stay updated with developments and keep connected to knowledge and support.
1.Why do you think continued training for mental health first aiders is important?
Supervision helps to enable asking questions, no matter what they are. It will give MHFAers more confidence along the way to give support. We also give practical tips and tools as well as the latest updates in the mental health world.
2. How do you structure this ‘supervision’?
It entails 60-90 min either face to face group supervision or a online meeting with a group. We give information regarding news and updates from MHFA England and the greater world of mental health. We go through the ALGEE and ask questions. We encourage sharing experiences and possible difficulties through asking questions.
3. Why do you think it is important for MHFAiders to share their experiences with others?
Being a MHFA can be a lonely place to be. By talking to others and knowing you are not alone, enables a person to feel supported and gives confidence to continue to help and know what to do. Part of mental health is self care and this is a crucial element of taking care of the staff who have volunteered to be MHFA.
4. How do you feel about the idea of a webinar to bring together different people in different organisations?
We think that could work well as we all have different experiences and learning from each other is always a good thing. Knowing how it works at other companies is also good. As we said earlier, that you are not alone can be of immense help! There is huge value in sharing with peers.
Ase Greenacre and Jenni Cole – MHFA registered trainers