The Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace – Return on Investment Analysis conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2014, listed mental health first aid as a key element of a strong mental health wellbeing program employed by workplaces to support their staff. Mental Health First Aid contributed to reducing absenteeism, increasing presenteeism and reduced workcover claims.
Evaluations of Mental Health First Aid training has shown benefits such as:
- Better recognition of mental health problems
- Beliefs about treatment become closer to those of professionals
- Reduced stigma
- Increased confidence in providing help to others
- Greater amount of help provided to others in the 6 months following the course
Mental Health First Aid provides people with skills which they will most likely use at one point in their lives given that 1 in 5 Australians experience a mental health problem.
Managers are not well informed about how to recognise mental health problems, how to respond to the person, and what effective treatments are available. Mental Health First Aid gives managers skills to have mental health conversations and reduce impact of mental health problems on employee performance.