A common question relating to mental health is “how can I help other people?”.
This comes from people who generally have a duty of care for others, such as employees, students, or children at school.
Here are some quick tips we can recommend:
Build self-esteem– To be resilient, people of all ages need to be able to feel good about themselves. Mentors and managers can contribute by offering positive reinforcement wherever possible when it is deserved.
Self-esteem always needs to be held with a dose of humility. Too much self-esteem leads to narcissism. Praise is always worth more when given for hard work and effort, and will help foster a growth mindset.
Communicate– Trust between mentors and their subjects needs to be established to build resilience. Knowing that support is there and that they will not be judged gives confidence, and has the knock-on effect of building self-esteem and optimism.
One-on-one meetings and performance reviews are the ideal environment to do this.
Read the signs– If someone under your care is having problems with their mental health, it’s important to be able to spot the triggers and signs that accompany a range of mental health issues.
This will require an in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing. However, with those skills, they’ll be able to step in and help.
Learn the soft skills– Managers and mentors have an incredibly important role to play when it comes to building resilience in others. They need to have the right soft skills and know how to handle potentially difficult conversations.
Those skills allow them to say the right thing and not make the situation potentially worse. What’s more, they’ll be able to help someone recover by guiding them to further support if needed.
Mental Health First Aid can give you and others these skills, and much more. Enhanced interpersonal skills, non-judgemental listening, and keeping safe while performing these duties are all things you learn on the two-day course.
If that’s something that sounds interesting to you, BounceBack have several sessions book in around the country.
If you’d like to attend, see which one is nearest to you on our dedicated MHFA page.