The course is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first-aid basis.
Kevin Hithersay, the mental health training provider at Construction Skills People said: “Mental health affects most of us in some way, and it’s important that we work to ultimate the stigma around mental health and encourage people to reach out if they are struggling.
“This training course not only will help workers assess and support colleagues who struggle with poor mental health, as well as their family members and friends; but it is also designed to help to reduce the impact of absenteeism caused by such struggles on construction businesses.
“The course is proving exceptionally popular to date which we hope is indicative of the recognition that this very important and very prevalent issue is now receiving.”
On completion, trainees will gain a qualification in Adult Mental Health First Aid, with the certificate issued by Mental Health First Aid (England).
The MHFA standard course is split into four parts, including topics such as depression, suicide, substance misuse, anxiety disorders, self-harm, eating disorders, personality disorders and psychosis.