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HBAA launches mental health first aid courses

HBAA has created two courses to enable both members and non-members to train their staff to become qualified mental health first aiders.

The first two-day course will take place from 2-3 May at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, and the second will be at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham from 20-21 June.

This MHFA England accredited course will give participants a recognised qualification as a mental health first aider, which will be a valuable skill and understanding both in the workplace and also in the wider community.

This is the latest step in the HBAA campaign not only to raise awareness of the huge scale of mental health issues in the hospitality and events industry, but also to enable members to take action to prevent problems and address them when they occur.

The HBAA Executive Committee all recently completed this course, learning how to spot signs of imminent issues and how to help.

Full details of the courses and how to book are available at: www.hbaa.org.uk/mental-health

Leigh Cowlishaw, HBAA past chair and board member who is leading this initiative says: “A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. However, it is the pain and distress that individuals and their families and friends suffer that is most important to reduce. 

“The response to our campaign has been overwhelming - several people have been waiting for details of these courses since we announced our plans. Places are sure to go fast.”