Good Salon Guide is launching online Mental Health First Aid courses for hairdressers, barbers and beauty therapists across the UK. It aims to train staff to become recognised and registered workplace mental health first aiders.
Providing affordable mental health support is something that Good Salon Guide managing director, Gareth Penn, has wanted to do for some time. But now, more than ever, he thinks the courses will be a lifeline for many salon owners and managers.
He said: “Our members have long told us that they would value some assistance in supporting the mental health of their staff but, since COVID-19, the need for this has increased dramatically.
“These courses are easily accessible for everyone, cover a wide area of mental health issues and will empower participants to spot the signs of mental ill health and encourage them to break down barriers, listen in a non-judgemental way and, signpost to support for recovery.”
Those who complete the course will gain a Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) Adult Two Day Mental Health First Aider certificate and be registered with the MHFA as an approved Mental Health First Aider.
Good Salon Guide chose to work with MHFA as they want to help support hairdressers, barbers and therapists across the UK who play a vital role at the heart of local communities.
Gareth added: “We are extremely grateful that the MHFA has supported our journey to bring these courses to not only our members, but the wider hair community. They share our faith in the value of hairdressers and, we believe that taking this course will benefit not only salon staff, but clients too.”
The first course dates are as follows: February 8, 10, 22 and 24. Each session will run from 7-9pm and the cost is £250 to Good Salon Guide members. For others it is £275. There is a payment plan available to members and registration can be done via the Good Salon Guide website: www.goodsalonguide.com/ 023 92 295000.