We all know how important it is to take care of our physical wellbeing. However, it’s also vital that we look after our mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling low, sad or stressed then racing welfare can help in a variety of ways.
Racing Welfare is committed to ensuring that racing’s workforce can access mental health and wellbeing support services when required, free of charge and without lengthy waiting lists. All of our welfare officers have received mental health first aid training or will do so within their first year in post. They are able to provide information and advice to people regarding mental health support and counselling options.
We run two types of mental health courses, a half-day awareness course and a two-day first aid course.
A Mental Health First Aider as equally as important as a Physical Health First Aider – the two are entwined together and affect each other. Therefore it is crucial we have someone in every workplace to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and to have the confidence to start up what could potentially be a lifesaving conversation. Be proactive and make sure you have someone that could help save lives!
Benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider:
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an accredited training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe.
You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.
What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma and discrimination in the world around you.
Everyone who completes the course will receive:
An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after well being and challenge stigma.
This course raises awareness of mental health. It covers:
Everyone who completes the course gets: