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The two-day course, developed by Mental Health First Aid England, provides participants with an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that affect wellbeing. The course equips learners with practical skills needed to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues.

Through the comprehensive course, with a training centre in the heart of Liverpool, England, individuals will gain the confidence to step in, reassure, and support a person in distress.

Complete Training Solutions spokesperson said: “The past twelve months have been difficult for everyone as mental health figures have begun to climb. We have seen some big rises in the number of renewables workers suffering from mental health issues, but as a predominately male workforce, workers are urged to ‘man up’ rather than seek help to support them through their struggles.

“The age-old stigma that men shouldn’t show their feelings is a stereotype we want to tackle, especially across the sectors we serve. As we move forward and continue to support the government’s green ambitions, we must ensure we prioritise the mental health of our renewables workers, providing them with the necessary support systems and processes to protect their mental health and wellbeing.”

Learners will gain an understanding of how to support someone to recover their health by guiding them to further support, whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP. The course will develop participant’s interpersonal skills, including non-judgemental listening.

Participating delegates who complete the course will receive a recognised qualification and certificate in Mental Health First Aid.

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The course was facilitated in April and May by the mental health charity State of Mind Sport. The charity was founded in 2010 prompted by the tragic suicide of rugby player, Terry Newton.

In England, around 1 in 8 men currently suffer from a common mental health illness, including, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, the UK’s leading charity, the Mental Health Foundation, has shown.

Men are also less likely to access psychological therapies, with only 38% of National Health Service referrals accounting for men, the foundation’s work indicates.