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Mental Health First Aid Ireland give presentation at the European Parliament

The mental health training organisation spoke about the importance of staff mental health initiatives


Written by Hannah Byrne | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news


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Mental Health First Aid Ireland (MHFA) are a mental health training organisation, helping people to learn the skills needed to notice when someone might be struggling with their mental health, and how to help them.

MHFA and the European Parliament

Donal Scanlan, Manager of MHFA, visited the European Parliament today, after being invited by Vice-President of the European Parliament and MEP, Mairead McGuinness. The presentation was given to senior management in the European Parliament and focused on the importance of introducing staff mental health initiatives.

Let's Talk About Mental Health webcast

Mr. Scanlan also presented a webcast titled “Let's Talk About Mental Health: Removing Stigma, Raising Awareness, Creating a Better Working Environment” to European Parliament staff today, with a potential audience of up to 7,500.

Speaking about the partnership with the European Parliament, Mr. Scanlan said: “I am very proud of the collaborative work we are doing with the European Parliament to bring Mental Health First Aid training to their staff. The European Parliament is the first EU institution to offer the training in Brussels and Luxembourg.”

“The positive feedback from participants reflects the passion and knowledge that our instructors bring to every course delivered. We look forward to growing the number of staff trained in the European Parliament to over 200 in the coming year.”

MEP and Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness said: "I believe that all organisations, companies and institutions should look at the benefits such training offers for the well-being of staff. The training offers the opportunity for organisations to open the conversation on mental health and to assist, in a timely manner, those who are experiencing difficulties."

What is mental health first aid?

Mental health first aid is the assistance given to someone when they first begin to experience a mental health difficulty, when their mental health problems are becoming worse, or when they are in crisis. First aid can help to support the person until they are able to access professional help.

Mental health first aid training

People taking part in mental health first aid training will learn:

  • How to recognise when someone is experiencing a problem
  • How to offer their help
  • How to provide that help
  • How to support the person in finding professional help

By taking part in the training, people feel more confident in helping someone in crisis, and are able to talk about mental health more openly.

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Published Jan­u­ary 22nd2020
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