What is the impact of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training in the workplace?

MHFA England has commissioned the Centre for Mental Health and London South Bank University to conduct a three-year research project to study the impact of Mental Health First Aid interventions in the workplace.

The study, which starts in 2019, is the first to explore the benefits of licensed MHFA England training in the workplace. The research will examine the benefit to the recipient of an MHFA intervention and the overall benefits to the organisations which adopt MHFA England training.

Most of the research on licensed MHFA training to date has concerned how the learning outcomes of the course have benefited the delegates who go on to become Mental Health First Aiders. This research will help us learn more about the training and how it might make a difference in the workplace. The project will explore the impact of MHFA England training in organisations and compare it with those that have not received the training.

The business cost of mental ill health at work is almost £35 billion a year nationwide. There is increasing understanding that employers can reduce some of these costs by taking positive action to improve mental health at work and create healthier, more productive businesses. Licensed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) has an international reputation as a successful mental health literacy programme for use in workplaces, schools, colleges and universities.

MHFA England seeks to benefit organisations by delivering training and consultancy which:

  1. Gives employees the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy
  2. Encourages help-seeking
  3. Empowers people with long term mental health concerns or disabilities to thrive in work
  4. Builds a supportive culture that stops preventable health issues arising
  5. Helps to embed positive, long term cultural change across organisations

To find out more about this study, contact the research team on mhfaproject@centreformentalhealth.org.uk