Royal Mail Group (RMG)/CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives (January – March 2020 Course Dates – Applications Now Invited)
LTB 481/18 reported to branches that a major Agreement on Mental Health First Aid Training had been reached by the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department with Royal Mail Group and as part of the Royal Mail Group, “Because Healthy Minds Matter”, five-year mental health strategy, Royal Mail Group has agreed to up-skill all physical/medical first aiders with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training which will involve approximately 5,500 CWU members who are First Aid volunteers across the UK. In addition, all CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives in all Royal Mail Group Businesses and Business Units, approximately 150 CWU Health and Safety Reps, will be included in the programme plus 200 Mental Health Ambassadors, most of whom are CWU Reps and members will be able to attend the MHFA one-day training courses also.
The MHFA training is evidence based and is aimed at increasing people’s mental health awareness, skills and confidence, enabling them to step in to situations where they notice signs of poor mental health and help someone in distress and to give first aid support, talk, and help prevent them from hurting themselves and signpost them to the right professional, expert support.
The training will be provided by in-house, accredited, licensed MHFA instructors. 17 Royal Mail Group trainers have now completed the MHFA England Trainer’s Course. They undertake 6 days of training, then have to run 2 x 2 days MHFA courses on which they are assessed by MHFA England assessors and are then licensed to deliver the training. A MHFA England specially designed 1-day course will be provided and is a condensed version of the standard 2-day MHFA (England) training course. The trainers complete some additional training in order to deliver this ‘condensed’ one-day course which is what RMG is delivering.
1700 Royal Mail Group employees have so far attended the RMG delivered MHFA courses – mainly managers. Approximately 10% are front line CWU grades, CWU Reps and Mental Health Ambassadors.
Course Dates for the first quarter period January – March 2020 have now been released and applications are invited from Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Reps to attend the 1-day Mental Health First Aid Courses at the venues and at the times in the table listed below. CWU Members who are Mental Health Ambassadors can also apply to attend.
Enrolment on a course can be made (with line management approval) via PSP/Success Factors on the Royal Mail Group Intranet site or by calling the HR Service Centre on 0345 6060603.
|Royal Mail Pensbury Place, London SW8||03/01/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Cardiff Mail Centre||22/01/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Cirencester Delivery Office||29/01/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Leeds Mail Centre||30/01/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Bristol Mail Centre||04/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Leeds Mail Centre||12/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Leeds Mail Centre||12/02/2020 – 13/02/2020||22:00 – 06:00|
|Nottingham Mail Centre||14/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|North West Midlands Mail Centre – Wolverhampton||18/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Swindon Mail Centre||20/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Croydon Mail Centre||21/02/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Guildford MPU||03/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Aberdeen Mail Centre||04/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|North West Midlands Mail Centre – Wolverhampton||06/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Chester Mail Centre||17/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Greenford Mail Centre||18/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Stevenage Mail Centre & Delivery Office||23/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
|Chelmsford Mail Centre||26/03/2020||09:00 –17:00|
- LTB 481/2018 – Royal Mail Group (RMG)/CWU Agreement – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical/Medical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives: (Part Of The Royal Mail Group 5-Year Mental Health Strategy)
- Joint Statement between Royal Mail Group and CWU – Mental Health First Aid Training for Physical First Aiders and CWU Area Health and Safety Representatives
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course Summary Description.
Alongside the Mental Health Awareness classroom training, RMG provides the following which is also available via PSP/Success Factors on the RMG Intranet site:-
- ‘Because Healthy Minds Matter’ e-learning
- Managing Stress e-Learning
- Managing and Preventing Stress Guidance
- 5 Mental Health Foundation Videos
Mental Health Support Helplines
First Class Support helpline – completely confidential, independent and available 24/7 – Call 0800 6888777.
Shout Mental Health Text Service: Text Shout to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
Samaritans: Call 116 123 – available 24/7.
We the CWU want equality between physical health and mental health. Better mental health is good for everyone and we want to see a transformation in workplaces on how they think about mental health. This is key because members spend a third of their time at work.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer