Simpleview Taking Mental Health Seriously

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A team from Simpleview Europe is in the process of attaining an accreditation from Mental Health First Aid International (MHFA).

The organisation has 26 accredited Mental Health First Aid Programs in 24 countries across the globe and to date over 4 million people worldwide have been trained by their licensed providers.  

Mental Health is currently in the spotlight.  We live in a world where 1 in 10 people live with mental illness.  However, it is widely underreported in many countries, so the actual number of people experiencing mental illness worldwide is thought to be far greater.  The global cost of mental illness was estimated at USD$ 2.5 trillion in 2010, with the cost projected to increase to USD$ 6.0 trillion by 2030. 

A range of courses have been created by MHFA with the help of an expert panel including people with lived experience of mental illness, their caregivers and mental health professionals. The Mental Health First Aider course teaches in depth skills for providing first aid to people who may be experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

A team from Simpleview will complete a 2-day online course to become fully accredited as Mental Health First Aiders. Systems & Implementation Project Manager, Sarah Harrington is the first to complete the course.  

Sarah comments: "I have always had in interest in mental health and well-being and, as with other health issues, believe that the focus should be on prevention and not cure. Having said that, I was keen to learn how to support individuals who may be experiencing mental ill health as this can affect anyone at any time. During the course, I was really inspired to learn that, with the right support, it is possible to make a full recovery from even the most severe mental health conditions and often just knowing that there is someone who cares and can signpost support services is a vital first step. I care deeply about my colleagues and am grateful to be part of Simpleview where mental health is taken very seriously."

By November, Simpleview Europe will have 3 accredited representatives.  To find out more about the organisation and the courses on offer, visit the MHFA website.


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