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“Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Mental Health Support”

In a world that often moves at a rapid pace, it’s crucial to prioritise our mental health. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health support can make it challenging for individuals to seek the help  they need.

This blog aims to break the silence and provide valuable insights into mental health support.

Within our First Aid for Mental Health courses in Huddersfield, we look at what provision there is locally to support others with their health & wellbeing.

First of all  we need to look at what mental health is, and who actually has it.

1. **Understanding Mental Health:**

Mental health is as important as physical health and encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By gaining a better understanding of mental health, we can create a more compassionate and informed support network. Everyone has mental health just like we have physical health

2. **Destigmatising Mental Health:**

   Stigma is a significant barrier that prevents many individuals from seeking help.. By destigmatising mental health, we can create an environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking the support they need without fear of judgment.

One reason for this could be due to the fact that mental health can very often be hidden and is certainly personal to the individual, and what we can’t see can sometimes be really difficult to understand in the world of first aid for mental health.

3. **Building a Supportive Community:**

   A strong support system is crucial for mental well-being. The importance of building a supportive community that encourages open communication and active listening is key

Historically, we had a kitchen table and no TV or Computer or mobile phones in sight. But what it did mean is that we spoke and we chatted about how our days had gone and what to do about any problems or challenges that people had.

That support network is sometimes missing now and that in turns makes it difficult to have those conversations.

We are all happy to say ‘morning, you ok?’ and expect the answer back of ‘ yes, are you?’ However that doesn’t encourage people to be open and honest about the situations they are feeling at the time.

4. **Available Resources:**

   Providing information on available mental health resources, including hotlines, counselling services, and online platforms is so unbelievably helpful. On our mental health first aid courses, our learners look and  explore different options and find the support that best suits varying needs. This is highlighted as a sign of strength, not weakness.

5. **Self-Care Practices:**

   Introducing self-care practices that can contribute to overall mental well-being is also a part we now sadly miss out on. From mindfulness and meditation to exercise and proper sleep, it is so helpful to share practical tips that individuals can incorporate into their daily lives. Empowering individuals to prioritise self-care as an essential aspect of maintaining good mental health.

6. **Encouraging Professional Help:**

   While a strong support system is crucial, sometimes professional help is necessary on some occasions and this could be GP, crisis team, A & E or Samaritans in the first instance. Discussing the benefits of therapy and counselling, emphasising that seeking the assistance of mental health professionals is a proactive step towards better mental well-being is something we should all be comfortable in saying moving forward.

7. **Sharing Personal Stories:**

Talking about personal stories or testimonials to humanise the mental health journey can be really useful as long as this doesn’t take away the initial fact you are there to support someone else. Although real-life experiences can inspire others to seek help and show that they are not alone in their struggles. Both Steve and myself have struggled, myself from the age of 5 to be honest, when my life was turned upside down and support in those days wasn’t heard of, and that is why we are passionate about supporting and teaching others with their mental health through our First Aid for Mental Health courses.


In conclusion, creating a culture of mental health support requires collective effort. By understanding mental health, breaking down stigma, building supportive communities, and accessing available resources, we can make significant strides in fostering a healthier and more compassionate society. Let’s encourage open conversations and be allies in the journey towards mental well-being. Together, we can break the silence surrounding mental health and create a world where everyone feels heard, supported, and understood.

#mentalhealth #firstaidformentalhealth #training #huddersfield #kirklees #NUCO

Why use Purple Dog for your First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid and First Aid for Mental Health Training?

The power of fun and relevance when you attend a course with Purple Dog Ltd

Here at Purple Dog Ltd, we love making our learning fun, so the traditional approach of dull, monotonous training is not something we want or need our customers and learners to have to sit through.

We know that to truly unlock the potential of our learners, it’s crucial to make learning both enjoyable and relevant.

 In this blog post, we’ll look at why embedding fun and relevance into our training sessions does significantly benefit your business.

1. More Engagement

When learning is enjoyable, our learners are more likely to be engaged and attentive. And by putting in elements of fun, such as interactive practical, Q&A’s, and multimedia content, captures the interest of learners and keeps them actively involved in their learning process. This means that we have improved retention of the life saving skills and information taught, as individuals are more likely to remember and apply these skills when they’ve enjoyed the learning experience. This is so important when teaching  #firstaid and #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealthfirstaid

2.Boosted Morale and Motivation:

Our fun and relevant first aid and mental health first aid training courses, contribute to a positive work environment, by fostering a sense of enjoyment and achievement. When your employees find joy in learning, they are more motivated to participate and excel. This increased motivation extends beyond the training room, positively giving your employees, our learners the skills and confidence to use out of their workplaces within their home and personal lives.

3. Alignment with Different Learning Styles:

We understand at Purple Dog Ltd, that our learners have diverse learning styles, and a one-size-fits-all approach to training often falls short. By us making learning fun and relevant, this caters to various learning styles, accommodating visual, auditory, kinaesthetic. Interactive and engaging activities can appeal to hands-on learners, while multimedia content suits visual learners. By acknowledging and incorporating these differences, we create a more inclusive and effective learning environment for your diverse workforce.

 4. Application of Real-world Scenarios:

Relevance is key to the effectiveness of any training course we deliver, be it first aid at work courses, paediatric first aid courses or mental health first aid courses. When employees see a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day responsibilities, they are more likely to apply that knowledge in practical situations. We ensure we use real-world scenarios and case studies into our training sessions makes the content more relatable, providing employees with valuable insights and skills that can be immediately put into action in their roles.

5. Encouraging a Growth Mindset:

A fun and relevant learning environment  here at Purple Dog Ltd, nurtures a growth mindset amongst your employees. When individuals are encouraged to view challenges as opportunities for growth, they become more resilient and adaptable. Research has shown that employees who see learning as an enjoyable and relevant part of their professional development are more likely to embrace new technologies, methodologies, and approaches.

6. Building a Positive Learning Culture:

Purple Dog Ltd, wants to support you in creating a positive learning culture within your organisation that goes beyond individual training sessions. When learning is seen as an ongoing, enjoyable process, your employees are more likely to seek out opportunities for self-improvement and share their knowledge with colleagues. The skills Purple Dog teach you in First Aid at Work, Paedaitric First Aid and Mental Health First Aid enables your employees to take these lifesaving skills out of the workplace and into their home life.

So.. Purple Dog Ltd  makes learning fun and relevant. We are not just about creating enjoyable training sessions; we also support organisation’s approach to professional development.

So, why settle for mundane training when you can embark on a journey of learning that is both enjoyable and relevant here at Purple Dog Ltd?

#firstaid #training #huddersfield #barnsley #paediatric #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtraining

Martyn’s Law & Blood Loss Trauma First Aid

Who is Martyn and what is Martyn’s Law is what we are being asked a lot at the moment.

Martyn’s Law refers to a set of proposed security measures, aimed at improving public venue safety in the United Kingdom, particularly in light of potential terrorist threats.

Here are the key points of Martyn’s Law as we believe they will be moving forward:

  • This is named after a victim: Martyn’s Law is named after Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017.
  • These are mandatory security measures: The law proposes mandatory security measures for publicly accessible spaces and venues.
  • Risk assessments must be completed: Venue operators must conduct thorough and rigorous risk assessments to identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Contingency plans must be In place: Develop and maintain comprehensive contingency plans to address different security scenarios, including terrorist attacks.
  • Collaboration with authorities is a must: Establish effective collaboration and information-sharing mechanisms with local law enforcement and emergency services.
  • Staff training must be implemented: Provide appropriate training to staff members to recognize and respond to security threats effectively. This is what Purple Dog Training offer, with the Blood Loss trauma first aid courses we now deliver.
  • Incident reporting must be part of the process: Implement mechanisms for reporting suspicious activities or behaviors and ensure staff members are aware of the procedures.
  • Physical security measures to be implemented: Consider implementing physical security measures such as CCTV cameras, access control systems, and screening procedures to enhance safety.
  • Communication with the public to ensure they understand the security measures: Develop clear and accessible communication strategies to inform the public about security measures and emergency procedures.
  • Regular testing and drills should happen: Regularly test and conduct drills to evaluate the effectiveness of security measures and ensure staff members are well-prepared for emergencies.
  • Compliance monitoring for due diligence: Establish mechanisms for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the law’s requirements.
  • Applicability for your venue: The law is aimed at various public venues, including but not limited to, stadiums, concert halls, shopping centers, hotels, and educational institutions.

So the courses that we are delivering in Huddersfield under the blood trauma first aid heading, covers all these points as well as the opportunity to practise first aid skills for those trauma first aid incidents

#firstaid #martynslaw #trauma #kirklees #huddersfield #mentalhealth #safety #cctv #bloodloss

Why choose a Blended First Aid Course for your Workplace?

Blended first aid courses, use both traditional in-person learning, and online learning, and can offer several advantages for employers. Here are some reasons why such courses might be beneficial for employers that we run here at Purple Dog:

  1. Flexibility for Employees: Blended first aid courses allow employees to access course materials and complete online, which provides flexibility for individuals with varying work schedules. This flexibility can enable employees to balance their work responsibilities with their learning commitments more effectively.
  2. Reduced Disruption: Traditional in-person first aid training often requires employees to be away from their work for extended periods, leading to disruption in daily operations. Blended first aid courses can minimize this disruption by allowing employees to engage in online learning during non-critical work hours.
  3. Cost-Effectiveness: Blended first aid courses can be more cost-effective for employers compared to fully in-person training. Travel and accommodation expenses associated with sending employees to off-site training locations are reduced.
  4. Enhanced Learning Experience: The combination of in-person first aid interactions and online first aid learning, can create a richer learning experience. Employees can benefit from face-to-face discussions, group activities, and hands-on training in the classroom as well as undertaking the practical first aid aspects of the course.
  5. Technology Integration: On a blended first aid course, employees have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with various online tools and technologies, which are becoming increasingly important in modern workplaces. This can improve their digital literacy and ability to adapt to new software and systems.
  6. Continuous Learning: Blended first aid courses often provide ongoing access to course materials. This allows employees to review and reinforce their learning, ensuring that the new skills and knowledge are retained over time.
  7. Measurable Learning Outcomes: Blended first aid courses can often provide detailed analytics on employee performance and engagement with online materials.
  8. Adaptability to Learning Styles: Different employees may have different learning preferences. Blended first aid courses offer a mix of learning modalities, catering to visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic learners, resulting in a more comprehensive and inclusive learning experience.
  9. Global Reach: Blended first aid courses can be easily scaled and delivered to employees in different locations.

In conclusion, combined and blended first aid courses provide employers with the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and technology integration needed to enhance their employees’ skills and knowledge.

#blendedlearning #employers #businesssense

Why choose Purple Dog for your First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, First Aid for Mental Health and Canine First Aid?

When selecting a training provider for First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, First Aid for Mental Health, and Canine First Aid, here are some factors to consider:

  1. Accreditation and Certification: Ensure that the training provider is accredited by reputable organizations or awarding bodies. Look for recognised certifications that comply with relevant regulations and standards. Here at Purple Dog, we work under Qualsafe Awards, The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB) and NUCO.
  2. Experience and Expertise: Check the provider’s track record and experience in delivering first aid training. Look for testimonials and reviews from past participants to gauge the quality of their courses. Here at Purple Dog, we have a proven track record of positive reviews and comments, just take a look at our Google Reviews and also or Facebook page
  3. Qualified Instructors: Verify that the instructors are qualified and experienced in their respective fields. They should have the necessary certifications and practical experience to deliver effective training. We ensure at Purple Dog, that all our First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid, Health & Safety and Mental Health trainers all have the experience and qualifications to deliver the courses they do.
  4. Course Content: Review the course content to ensure it covers all relevant topics and meets your specific needs. Whether it’s workplace first aid, paediatric care, mental health support, or canine first aid, the training should be comprehensive and up-to-date. Here at Purple Dog, we follow specific lesson plans set by Qualsafe Awards and Nuco and ensure that we keep up to date with any new and relevant changes
  5. Flexibility and Customization: Consider if the training provider offers flexibility in scheduling and the option to tailor the courses to your organisation’s requirements. Purple Dog will come to your workplace, or you come to ours where we have two designated training room offering free parking at The Zone in Huddersfield
  6. Practical Training: Practical hands-on training is crucial for developing essential skills. Ensure that the courses include practical exercises and simulations. We never want learners to feel bored with our training, so we ensure there are lots of practical’s on your first aid courses
  7. Supporting Materials: Check if the training provider offers supporting materials like handbooks or online resources to reinforce the learning experience. All learners leave with a Qualsafe Awards First Aid at Work or Paediatric First Aid handbook that has all the latest information in it. We also use NUCO books for First Aid for Mental Health courses
  8. Value for Money: Compare the cost of the courses with the quality of training provided. Remember that investing in comprehensive and effective training can be beneficial in the long run. We provide an amazing service at Purple Dog First Aid Training in Huddersfield, just look at the reviews.
  9. Range of Courses: If you need multiple types of first aid training, consider choosing a provider that offers a wide range of courses. This can save time and effort in finding separate providers for different training needs. We offer blended first aid at work courses, Saturday Blended Paediatric First Aid courses as well as online health & Safety and classroom courses
  10. Location and Accessibility: Consider the location of the training centre and whether it’s easily accessible for your employees or participants. We are based in Huddersfield at The Huddersfield Giants Community Trust (The Zone) on St Andrews Road, HD1 6PT, where we have a free car park for employees whilst on our first aid at work courses

Before making a decision, it’s a good idea to contact us here at Purple Dog as we can look at tailoring the training specific for your needs. This will help you make an informed decision for your training.

Remember that the quality of first aid training can significantly impact the ability to respond effectively in emergencies, so it’s essential to choose a reputable and reliable provider.

Whys is Paediatric First Aid important?

Pediatric first aid is of utmost importance as it addresses the unique medical needs of infants, children, and adolescents. Dealing with medical emergencies in this specific age group requires specialised knowledge and techniques. Here are some key reasons highlighting the importance of peadiatric first aid:

  1. Vulnerable Population: Children are more vulnerable to accidents and illnesses due to their curious and explorative nature. They lack the judgment and experience to avoid potential dangers, making them more prone to injuries.
  2. Immediate Response: In emergencies involving children, there is often little time to spare. Having individuals trained in paediatric first aid allows for a rapid and effective response when a child’s health and safety are at risk.
  3. Different Physiology: Children’s bodies are physiologically different from adults. Their airways, bones, and vital organs are smaller and require special attention in case of an emergency. Paediatric first aid training ensures that responders know how to manage these unique anatomical differences.
  4. Child-Specific Injuries and Illnesses: Children may experience injuries and medical conditions that are distinct from those seen in adults. Knowledge of paediatric first aid equips responders to handle common childhood injuries like falls, burns, choking, and allergic reactions.
  5. Emotional Considerations: Providing first aid to a child involves managing their emotional well-being as well. Paediatric first aid training includes techniques for calming and comforting distressed children, as their emotional state can significantly impact their response to treatment.
  6. Preventing Escalation: Prompt and appropriate first aid can prevent a minor injury or illness from escalating into a more severe condition. Timely intervention can stabilise the child and reduce the risk of complications.
  7. Childcare Settings and Schools: Having staff trained in paediatric first aid is crucial. It ensures that adults responsible for children’s safety can respond effectively in case of an emergency and this meets EYFS and OFSTED requirements. This also supports those childcare settings working towards Millies Mark.
  8. Parental Peace of Mind: When parents know that the caregivers or staff looking after their children are trained in paediatric first aid, it provides them with peace of mind and confidence in the child’s safety.
  9. Accident Prevention: Paediatric first aid training often includes guidance on childproofing environments to reduce the likelihood of accidents. Education about potential hazards can help prevent injuries before they occur.
  10. Community Safety: Paediatric first aid training extends beyond formal childcare settings. In everyday life, anyone may encounter a child in distress, such as in public places or during family outings. Knowledge of paediatric first aid empowers individuals to assist in such situations.

Ultimately, paediatric first aid is not just about administering medical care; it’s about safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our society and providing them with the best chance of recovery in emergencies. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, or community member, learning paediatric first aid can make a significant difference in a child’s life.

Why should employers provide first aid training for their employees?

Here are some key benefits of offering first aid training in the workplace:

  1. Immediate response to emergencies: Accidents and medical emergencies can happen at any time. When employees are trained in first aid, they can provide immediate assistance before professional medical help arrives. This quick response can be critical in saving lives and preventing further complications. Our first aid at work courses in Huddersfield equip your staff to become competent and confident in their skills.
  2. Reduces the severity of injuries: Prompt first aid intervention can help minimize the severity of injuries. Properly applied first aid techniques can stabilise the injured person and prevent the condition from worsening. Here at Purple Dog, our first aid at work courses in Huddersfield come with scenario based learning experiences to practise those skills needed
  3. Creates a safer work environment: When employees are trained in first aid, they become more aware of potential hazards in the workplace. This heightened awareness can lead to better safety practices and a reduced number of accidents. However, should the need arise, Purple Dog First Aid in Huddersfield ensures all can do the job they are trained to do
  4. Boosts employee confidence: Knowing that they have the skills to handle medical emergencies can boost employees’ confidence in their ability to handle challenging situations. This sense of empowerment can positively impact their overall well-being and job satisfaction. Plus these skills learnt on our first aid at work courses can be used outside work to support any first aid situation.
  5. Faster recovery and reduced absenteeism: Providing immediate first aid can help injured or ill employees recover faster, leading to reduced absenteeism. This, in turn, can improve productivity and reduce costs associated with lost work hours.
  6. Legal and regulatory compliance: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) requires all businesses to have a certain number of trained first aiders based on the size and nature of the workforce. Providing employees first aid at work training through Purple Dog, ensures that the employer complies with these legal and regulatory requirements.
  7. Positive company image: Demonstrating a commitment to the health and safety of employees can enhance the company’s reputation. Potential employees may also be more attracted to work for a company that prioritizes their well-being.
  8. Team building: First aid at work training at Purple Dog, involves interactive exercises and simulations. This can foster teamwork and communication among employees, improving the overall work environment and collaboration.
  9. Emergency preparedness: First aid training not only covers how to respond to common injuries but also how to handle more severe situations and natural disasters. This level of emergency preparedness can be invaluable in critical situations.

Overall, providing first aid at work training through Purple Dog, for employees, is a proactive measure that not only safeguards the health and well-being of the workforce but also benefits the employer and the organisation as a whole. It is an investment in safety, productivity, and employee morale.

Our First Aid For Mental Health Courses Save Lives

Why we deliver First Aid for Mental Health courses is for a number of reasons, but the main one is to initially preserve that person’s life.

I always explain that it is not just their physical life that we want to preserve, it is more than that, much more .. It is their families’ lives, their friends’ lives and those of anyone else connected to them.

The course always starts with an explanation as to what the difference is between mental health, and mental illness. We also address the subject of stigmas, and unconscious bias, as we can hold beliefs and fears on certain mental health subjects which leads to people not wanting to talk or discuss on this subject.

We discuss the different mental health conditions of anxiety, depression, stress, PTSD, schizophrenia, personality disorders, bi polar, eating disorders, as well as self harm, addiction and suicide.

What we as tutors want to do with our years of experience between us, is explain this subject in a way that takes away the fear and gives the individual confidence to have that potentially difficult situation.

Our courses run over 4 hours for the Level1 Awareness, 1 full day for the Level 2 in First Aid for Mental Health and 2 days for the Level 3 Supervising First Aid for Mental Health.

Our aim is to support businesses and individuals to see what help and support can be given at the earliest stage, aiming to prevent the individual finding themselves in need more intensive mental health support.

And the facts regarding Mental Health in the UK is quite alarming….

It’s estimated that 3.25 million people were in contact with these services at some point during 2021/22. This is around around 5.8% of the population, varying from 14.8% of 11-15 year olds and 13.9% of 16-19 year olds to 2.7% of 65-69 year olds.

NHS secondary mental health services  Taken from the House Of Commons Library 3/5/23

And that from a survey in around children and young people’s mental health, it was  found that 18.0% of children aged 7-16 had a probable mental disorder in 2022, up from 12.1% in 2017. Among those aged 17-19, 10.1% had a probable mental disorder in 2017, rising to 25.7% in 2022

#mentalhealth #firstaidformentalhealth #suicide #eatingdisorders #selfharm #anxiety #depression