Mind’s research shows that new recruits can find life in the emergency services tougher than expected. From shift patterns to dealing with distressing situations – they felt their current training didn’t prepare them for the reality.
I first experienced mental health problems within my first year in the service. I’d attended a number of particularly horrendous fatal incidents, which ended up having quite an effect on me…
To help new recruits become more aware of how to take care of their mental health.
• Increase participants’ awareness of mental health and resilience building
• Understand the tools and techniques that participants can use to help build their resilience
• Understand where to go for support
Refresh participants’ understanding of:
• Mental health awareness
• Tips and techniques for wellbeing and resilience
Support participants to:
• Reflect on the impact of their experiences over the last three months and how they have put the first session’s learning into practice
• Plan what they can do in future to look after themselves
Our evaluation has found that, as a result of the training course:
• 94% of new recruits attending Part 1 agreed it was useful and at the follow-up stage, 32% had applied a coping technique that they had learned and a further 20% intended to try.
• The training led to a significant increase in the percentage of participants who said they understood how to build resilience (48% to 93%). Part 2 increased the likelihood of new recruits implementing useful changes in the longer term.
To read more about our course evaluation, please go to our website here.