Training course: First Aid Mental Health

Mental health issues among employees such as burn-out, anxiety or depression are an important cause of absenteeism in an organisation, partly because they are often difficult to spot or are identified too late. After all, managers often lack the necessary knowledge and experience to recognise the symptoms or offer the correct response in such situations. Through the ‘First Aid Mental Health’ training, managers are taught techniques to recognise and support employees with mental health issues or to reintegrate them after a long absence.

Why ?

Mental problems are the disease of this century, says the World Health Organisation. More than 1 in 10 adults in Belgium has a mental disorder. 

The number of people suffering from mental issues is increasing by 10% per year. Mental illnesses in the workplace are no exception. Of the working population:

If you do not intervene in time, your employees may end being absent from work. A number of simple measures will help you deal with mental problems in the workplace appropriately.

Who is it for ?

This training is intended for executives, HR managers and an organisation’s management.

How ?

The training session consists of an exploratory online introductory session, short presentations, role plays and simulations. Participants can expand and refine their insights and skills regarding:

  • the mental health issues that employees may face, such as serious personal problems, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress, burn-out, etc.
  • quickly provide suitable care and support to stop the situation from getting worse, which, if allowed to do so, may lead to (long-term) absenteeism.

The role play situations and simulations are staged as realistically as possible by an actor/actress present for the training. This helps participants acquire techniques and tools to:

  • listen to employees in a non-judgemental way and reassure them;
  • take preventive measures for the early detection of mental health issues;
  • encourage employees to seek appropriate, professional help and implement self-help strategies;
  • successfully reintegrate an employee on long-term sick leave.

After the training, we consolidate the participants’ knowledge during two short online follow-up sessions. During these follow-up sessions, we will work with propositions and realistic situations.
Optionally, a presentation can be given to all of the organisation’s employees to raise their awareness of mental health care.


  • The practical approach of the training will help your managers become better equipped to recognise and assist with mental health issues.
  • This demonstrates that you, as an organisation, are concerned about the psychological well-being of your employees, which will have a positive influence on your image.
  • You reduce the chance of absenteeism due to mental health issues;
  • It is often the case during the training that opportunities for procedural improvement within your organisation will be identified. The training allows us to work on these and help develop your welfare policy further.

Practical details

The training session attendance is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. The training lasts one day.

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