Robert Gordon University (RGU) plans to run an industry-first two-day mental health care training course aimed at offshore medics, in March and April this year.
The two-day course, which will run on Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29 as well as Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26, aims to provide offshore medics and related professionals with skill-based training to engage and support people in distress. The skills development program has been created in response to a perceived lack of training for those who work with people experiencing mental distress. Statistics show that within the context of falling oil prices and future uncertainty, there is an increased need for mental health support by those working offshore.
Dr Steve Smith, Enterprise Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Mental Health and Wellbeing, said in an RGU statement:
“It is important for all of us to realize that mental distress is an emerging issue amongst many working within the energy industry, while the majority of offshore medics have only limited experience or training in working directly with employees affected by it.
“The course will provide a theoretical basis and a step by step guidance in how to deliver support to those who need help as well as an opportunity to practice these skills in a safe environment.”
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