Where education aims to inform, training adds a skill-building component that transforms information into action. Training is critical to any mental health and suicide prevention workplace program, and advances employees’ knowledge and skills beyond base level to increase impact. Training can also be tailored specifically for different roles and levels of employee and different industry.
Benefits of Training
There are several benefits to a trained workforce. Not only do trained employees help improve your company’s bottom line, but they also support positive mental health in the workplace. Mental health and suicide prevention training can mitigate risk of emotional or suicidal crises at work and even save lives.
- Improves Confidence– When someone participates in and receives training, their confidence increases and they develop skills to implement best practices and evidence-informed protocols.
- Increases Value– Skill development can elevate an employees self-worth and value to the company.
- Increases Job Satisfaction– Trained employees report higher job satisfaction and better outputs than non-trained counterparts.
- Improves Quality of Work– Training programs help develop skill-sets that raise performance standards, save money, create job efficiency and improve the overall quality of the product or service.
- Mitigates Risk– Training your workforce on how to identify and assist someone who is struggling with mental illness or experiencing suicidal ideation will help mitigate risk of injury or death at work.
- Train management to assist in a mental health crisis. Trained management can appropriately handle mental health crises and mitigate the ripple effect of a mental health or suicide-related crisis.
- Train all employees to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide. Role playing, at least once, can help your employees be comfortable approaching someone who may be struggling with a mental health or suicide-related crisis.