Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, a social enterprise offering expert guidance and training around mental health to support people in the workplace and beyond, has partnered with award-winning health-tech and leading wellbeing provider, hero, to help accelerate its vision to improve the mental health of the nation.

The MHFA England team will be supporting hero with the delivery of Mindset, a pioneering preventive health, educational learning, and development programme, which includes in-person and digital seminars and workshops across all types of physical, mental, social, and financial health.

Speaking about the partnership, Joe Gaunt, Founder of hero and the 2020 Health and Wellbeing Entrepreneur for the North West of England, said: “We’re delighted to be working together with MHFA England and see this as a natural partnership, with a shared goal of enhancing the country’s all-round wellbeing. This collaboration will further support our health professionals to provide expert services and advice, focused on whole-person health, to organisations throughout the UK, which are needed now, more than ever.”

According to a report by the Centre for Mental Health, in conjunction with the NHS, up to 10 million people in England (almost 20% of the population) will need either new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zoe Puckering, Client Development Lead for MHFA England, said: “MHFA England is proud to be working in collaboration with hero to complement their current offering and help clients better support the mental health of their workforce. We believe MHFA England training should be a key part of a wider mental health strategy. We’re pleased that the Mindset programme will help more workplaces access our training, both online and in-person, and move us closer to our mission of training one in ten of the adult population in mental health first aid skills.”

MHFA England offers a range of online and face-to-face training options to empower people to spot signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and offer first aid support. By improving mental health awareness, skills, confidence, and access to signposting, the training can help reduce stigma, improve wellbeing, and support people to thrive at work.

Collaborating with hero means pairing with an innovative, fast-growing company – recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting tech start-ups – which works with leading brands and organisations including Vodafone, Moda, and Legal and General, and also boasts a powerful, bespoke and personalised wellbeing platform in hero Navigator

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.