The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has announced that it’s set aside a funding pot of £30,000, all of which will be dedicated to mental health first aid training for NASC members.
The fund will give workers up to £125 towards the cost of completing a mental health first aid course. This will mean that approximately 250 NASC members will have access to training, which should go a long way when it comes to improving awareness and understanding of mental health within the scaffolding industry.
The fund was set up as part of the NASC’s Head for Heights campaign, which attempts to break down the stigma surrounding mental health. The campaign also aims to highlight the simple steps that businesses can take to help those struggling. It is hoped that the subsidised mental health training will assist with this.
According to NASC President Lynn Way, the funds will enable NASC members to support the wellbeing of their employees, if and when they need to. She also highlighted how the Head for Heights campaign had been incredibly well-received by members, who are just as keen to support those in the industry who are dealing with mental health problems.
At present, there are five main mental health first aid training courses which are covered by the £30,000 funding pot. This includes courses offered by St John Ambulance, the British Safety Council, 3B Training, LTC Training and MHFA England.
Courses that are overseen by accredited MHFA England training instructors are also eligible, which will hopefully mean that every UK NASC member will have access to subsidised training, no matter their geographic location.
Find out more about the NASC’s mental health fund, and learn more about the various training options that are available.