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Fostering Mental Well-being in the Energy Sector

Our Mental Health, as an Industry.

 

The offshore and energy industry boasts a history of hard work, adventure, enduring friendships, and opportunities. Many people within the sector have led fulfilling lives – visiting numerous cultures around the world.

Despite this, 3 in 4 employees within our sector are an epidemic that transcends industries.

Their mental health.

From field workers, and offshore drillers to the CEOs, the demanding workload and hardship of the energy sector have become well known. Long hours in remote parts of the world can lead to feelings of isolation.

According to a survey by Oxford Academic, offshore workers in the oil and gas sector exhibit higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population – of which 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer mental health illnesses per year.

This is further backed by studies from the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). This study emphasises the severity of mental health challenges within our sector -with alarming figures indicating that 37% of employees feel uncomfortable discussing their feelings at work. When coupled with the findings by Drager, that only 40% of managers believe physical and mental health should be treated equally – It begins to paint a melancholic picture.

A picture that we, as an industry, might be leaving employees feeling isolated. To feel unsupported in their time of need, even if they do reach out. To feel unimportant at a time of potential crisis.

A change in attitude within our industry needs to happen. An approach from the top down that allows for a mutual, and transparent conversation. One that drives meaningful change. Around 86% of respondents shadow this point of view. It isn’t just statistics and numbers. It is an objective feeling that resonates throughout most people working within our sector.

The industry’s psychosocial stressors, including isolation, high responsibility, intense pressure, fatigue, and lack of sleep, contribute to this issue. While accepting these challenges as inherent to the job is common, it doesn’t have to continue like this.

To tackle this, in collaboration with Intu Veritas Training, AGR Training, is offering a specialized course targeting the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the energy sector.

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The “Supervising First Aid for Mental Health: RQF Level 3 Award,” is a two-day course that seeks to combat the current approach to mental well-being in the workplace. The course practices proactive strategies and aims to tackle prevalent mental health issues in the industry, including:

  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis,
  • Schizophrenia

By fostering open conversations and promoting understanding, our training seeks to create a supportive culture that empowers employees to seek help without fear of judgment or job security. The comprehensive syllabus delves into various crucial aspects, equipping participants with a profound understanding of mental health first aid. The key subjects covered over the two-day course include.

 

What is First Aid for Mental Health.

 

Participants will explore the fundamental principles of mental health first aid, gaining insights into the importance of timely intervention and the role it plays in fostering a mentally healthy workplace.

 

Identifying Mental Health Conditions

 

This module provides in-depth knowledge on recognising a spectrum of mental health conditions. From subtle signs to overt symptoms, you will learn to discern various conditions, enabling early identification and appropriate support.

 

Providing Advice and Starting a Conversation

You will develop effective communication in mental health first aid by acquiring practical skills in offering support, initiating conversations, and providing empathetic advice to individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Drugs and Alcohol

 

You will be able to grasp an understanding of that the intersection of mental health and substance use is critical. This segment addresses the impact of drugs and alcohol on mental well-being, offering strategies for approaching and assisting individuals affected by these issues.

 

First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan

 

A structured approach to mental health first aid is crucial. You will be guided through the development and implementation of a comprehensive action plan, ensuring a systematic response to various mental health scenarios.

 

First Aid for Mental Health in the Workplace

 

Tailored to the energy sector, this module focuses on the unique challenges and dynamics within the workplace. Participants will gain insights into creating a mentally healthy work environment, promoting well-being, and addressing mental health concerns specific to the industry.

This diverse and thorough syllabus is designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex landscape of mental health, fostering a workplace culture that prioritises well-being and proactive support. Equipping yourself and your company with the strategies, knowledge, and structure to develop and deliver meaningful change within the industry.

Upon successful completion of the qualification assessment, learners will be awarded the Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF). This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to qualify for a further three years.

To embark on the journey of enhancing mental health awareness and support within the energy sector, we invite you to secure your place on the prestigious “Supervising First Aid for Mental Health: RQF Level 3 Award” course.

For bookings and detailed information, please contact our dedicated training team at training@agrl.co.uk.

Take the next step towards creating a resilient and supportive environment.