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Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

There is still a stigma attached to mental health problems, but fortunately, things are improving as it is talked about increasingly in the public arena. However, many people still feel uncomfortable talking about mental health issues and this can stop them from getting help and weigh them down for a long time.

Mental health problems have a wide range of effects; it could be as simple as having a setback and struggling to shrug off how that makes you feel, or it can run much deeper and be part of your everyday life which can, as we know, lead to serious long-term conditions.

The vast majority of people who suffer mental health problems can recover, or at the very least learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on. There is a wide scope of diagnoses that clinicians use to classify symptoms into groups.

A few common mental health issues are:

  • stress (whilst not classed as a medical condition, it can still have a serious impact on wellbeing and is the cause of many lost work hours in the west)
  • depression
  • anxiety

Less common conditions include:

  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia

As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees. This means not only that they are physically safe; working environment, equipment and protected from discrimination, but also that their mental well-being is considered. Also, a mental health issue can be considered a disability under the law, and employers must be vigilant not to discriminate against an employee because of their disability.

In order to get a better understanding of the issues and ensure as an employer, you are aware of and can help employees who are suffering from mental health issues; it is advisable to get your line managers trained. They have day-to-day contact with the workforce and are best placed to talk to any employee who needs help. A Mental Health in the Workplace training course, like those provided by Centaur Training, will, help line managers become more mental health aware. This course covers a number of areas including:

  • Recognising possible signs and symptoms of a person that has mental ill-health
  • Understanding Mental Health and its stigma
  • Using a Mental Health Action Plan to help those in crisis or need
  • Finding external professional help and guidance
  • The law in relation to mental health and the workplace
  • Best practice in the workplace

This is a one-day course and FAIB (First Aid Industry Body) accredited.

Why is AED Training Important?

Why is AED training important?

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). A sudden cardiac arrest is when the victim’s heart stops beating, they will collapse, lose consciousness and will stop breathing.

SCAs strike without warning and leave the victim in need of urgent medical intervention. The use of an AED can improve survival rates by 50 to 75%, combined with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an AED gives an unresponsive person, who is not breathing, the best possible chance of survival.


Is a primary school child too young to learn first aid?

The quick answer is absolutely not!  Learning first aid is an invaluable life-skill and children become more aware of potential hazards and gain skills that can keep them safe and enable them to help others if there is a medical emergency.

According to St John Ambulance, seven out of 10 children say they wouldn’t know how to help if someone was hurt and would like to learn first aid. Primary school children are more than capable of learning first aid skills, and by learning what to do in common emergency situations either by administering first aid themselves, giving others direction or/and calling the emergency services, a child can acquire the potential to save their own or another’s life.


Centaur Launches Brand New Website

Centaur Training Services are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website. We have spent time adding more detail to each of our courses to give you a better idea of what is involved in the training, the duration of the course and what you skills you will gain from the session.

For those who aren’t familiar with our business, we are an innovative training company based in the North West of England. We wanted our key values to be reflected in our website, which why it has a sophisticated design and is informative for all of our clients.


Welcome to the new Centaur Training website!

Our new website gives you a wide range of information on the courses and services we have available, as well as letting you book courses directly.

With a wealth of information on the courses we provide, you can get further details from the courses menu. You can also find out more about us here at Centaur Training, see what previous trainees have to say and find other resources online.

Whether you are looking for initial course information, you are ready to book or you need to get in touch with a member of staff, you can do it all right here at