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Mental Health First Aid

It's exhausting. You need support too!

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You have done the training

You’ve got the folder
(thick, isn’t it?!)

Supportive Friend

I am constantly getting new ideas for coaching from my coach - how she supports me; the questions she asks; the way she manages to drill down to what’s needed. And I am also able to use her as a sounding board; a way to let go of the challenges my clients have, so I’m not weighed down by them.

 

Mental health first aiders generally also have a ‘day job’.

This support you offer is additional to your contracted role, and I would be surprised if your daily job comes without its own pressures and responsibility.

 

Adding on the worry about your ‘clients’ can be dangerous for your own mental wellbeing. 
 

Wondering if you gave enough support; pointed them in the right direction; helped them feel that they were enough and can do this… as well as taking the worry home in the evening when you know there’s noone there to help them through the night struggles they may have.

And you’re readily supporting your colleagues, drawing on all you’ve been taught to listen, ask clarifying questions and then point them in the right direction for professional support.

But it’s exhausting!

No-one warned you about how hard it is to hear others’ problems, point them to help and then go home, try to shut if off and enjoy your evenings.

 

It preys on your mind… if only you could do more… did you give them the right advice… could you have done more… did you come across as understanding…

YOU NEED SUPPORT TOO!

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"We all need a sounding board"

I don’t know any coach who doesn’t have a coach - we all need a sounding board, we can all hone our skills further, we can all learn better ways to interact and support those we work with.

 

Mental Health First Aider coaching is a monthly coaching call, for 45 minutes for £325 per month. This has a minimum of 6 month commitment and then a 2 month notice period to quit. 

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