Leeds based Thrive Law and The Jordan Legacy CIC have come together to help Yorkshire based companies create 100 new Mental Health First Aiders during 2021. Thrive's Founder and Managing Partner, Jodie Hill and The Jordan Legacy's Steve Phillip, came together following the loss of Steve's 34 year old son to suicide in December 2019.
Steve says 'My son, Jordan, battled with depression for several years and one of the contributing factors to his ill health was work related deadlines and pressures. I knew that Jodie and Thrive Law were passionate about improving mental wellbeing in the workplace and we have talked about working together for some time,'
Importantly, both Thrive and The Jordan Legacy believe that preventing suicides and improving mental health require practical solutions to be put in place, more than simply raising awareness.
Jodie says 'Our joint MHFA 100 is initiative is more than just providing high quality, certified training and then leaving them to fend for themselves - it's also about providing the support MHFA's need afterwards. Our experience is that, often, many organisations are unable to provide MHFA’s with the support they need, especially where there are only one or two members of staff being trained.'
The MHFA 100 programme also provides course attendees with support from a community of other MHFA’s, as well as post training follow up support from Thrive and The Jordan Legacy to continually improve their skills and knowledge. This initiative is about helping MHFA's understand how to apply the skills they've learned to support those who are struggling with their mental health at their work, at home and in the community, whilst also being able to receive support themselves.
If you are an employer or someone interested in becoming a MHFA or you would like to help sponsor someone to be able to participate in this programme, you can book by clicking this link