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What's Important About Mental Health First Aid?

It's as important as physical first aid ...

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 27/08/2020 @ 8:00AM

During August, I have been attending a superb online first aid course run by Dr AJ Yates in conjunction with Mental Health First Aid England. When we think of first aid, we tend to think of physical first aid, but mental health first aid is equally as important ...

Knowing mental health first aid is just as important as physical first aid!

Knowing mental health first aid is just as important as physical first aid!

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To put this all into context:

  • The economic cost of mental health is estimated at £74-£99billion a year, and the human cost is incalculable

  • The total prevalence of all types of anxiety disorder in England is estimated at 13.9% of the population at any given point in time

  • More than 1 in 4 people will have a panic attack sometime in their lives, 1 in 10 will experience occasional panic attacks and about 2 in 100 will experience repeated panic attacks

  • In the UK there are 12.3 new cases of self-harm per 1,000 males and 17.9 new cases per 1,000 females in the 15-64 age bracket each year

... and I could go on.

Mental health needs the attention it deserves and having been trained in mental first aid, I now feel in a better position to look out for the early signs of a mental health issue, including the warning signs of a crisis, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatment and other sources of supportive help.

So, if you feel you would like to follow suit, do contact AJ via or and discover more.

One last point: don't forget to look after yourself. In the UK, we seem to consider self-care as being a bit selfish, but if you don't do it we cannot be strong enough to help others. Dr Yates promotes your own daily happy hour just for you.

So, what would you do in your happy hour to look after your own mental health?

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.