Project information

Bridge Mental Health First Aid

Training employers in Mental Health First Aid.
To increase the awareness of how to deal with mental health in the workplace.
To give practical skills to employers to help employees withy mental health problems
To save employers money from improved employee performance, attendance and retention

January 2017 - June 2017

Charity information: Bridge Mental Health

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  • Need


    Addressing the lack of understanding of employers of people with mental health problems that can lead to preventable workplace problems such as:
    Poor performance


    By providing practical training to employers in:
    What is mental health?
    Suicide and depression
    Anxiety, eating disorders, and self harm
    The early signs of a mental health issue
    Feeling confident helping someone experiencing a mental health issue
    Provide help on a first aid basis
    Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
    Help stop a mental health issue from getting worse
    Help someone recover faster
    Guide someone towards the right support
    Reduce the stigma of mental health

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help employers recognise the symptoms of mental health issues and provide initial help


    » Provide training on or off-site to help employers recognise the symptoms of mental health issues and provide initial help

    What success will look like

    Feedback on completion of course and after 6 months
    Measure metrics on
    Employee satisfaction
    Absentee rates
    Employers perceived business performance after being trained

  • Impact


    Reduction in employer costs around absence and poor performance (research suggests and average sized employer will save up to £1000 a year in costs as a result of the training)
    Better understanding of mental health in the workplace
    Reduction in stigma
    A space for employers to be able to talk to employees about mental health in their workplace


    Not enough funding to match demand - we are applying for other funds to address this
    High quality trainers - we are recruiting a bank of staff to be able to have the capacity


    Reports will be given on the metrics used to determine the success of the project
    Case studies will be shared about the impact of the training for employers and for selected employees

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,500 Training Training for 150 businesses in Mental Health First Aid

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £9,600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Royal Borough of Greenwich
    Targeting employers in this Borough as part of meeting the health and wellbeing strategy of the whole population in the borough


    150 employers employing more than 3000 employees
    The wider population through the reduction in stigma and better understanding or people with mental health problems

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a mental health service provider
    We use the latest data and evidence to inform our work
    We measure the impact of all of our services and report them widely
    We use the best trainers in Mental Health First Aid to achieve the highest levels of success

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Raymond Sheehy

    Oversight of the project as CEO

    Alice Farquarson

    Project Manager

    Polly Morgan

    Press, Social Media and Web activity

Bridge Mental Health First Aid Training