The personal wellbeing of BIGGA members is as important to us as their professional development.
That's why BIGGA is investing in opportunities for greenkeepers to support each other when times get tough.
Our continuing mission to improve working conditions for golf greenkeepers and sports turf professionals will create a healthier, more positive working environment. To support this goal, BIGGA is training a network of Mental Health First Aiders across the UK.
“The benefits of improved mental health are significant to individuals and businesses, including reducing absenteeism, creating genuinely good places to work and reducing staff turnover, along with promoting a positive employer reputation and mitigating potential employer liability. Good mental health in the workplace is good for business, employees and society!” – Mental health expert and Continue to Learn speaker, Graham Ramsey
Mental Health First Aiders
BIGGA members are invited to gain an internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid qualification, free of charge, as we seek to build a nationwide network of support for those working in the sports turf industry.
About the Mental Health First Aid initiative
The two-day workshop provides awareness, knowledge and skills that will help you recognise signs of people experiencing poor mental health.
The workshop gives you the confidence to start conversations that can help others through some of the challenges they may be facing. You will not become a mental health professional, but you will be able to advise about services that may help.
Training will be delivered via in-person workshops held regionally across the UK.
Completing the training provides three-year certification and you’ll become part of the the Mental Health First Aid community in England. You will have access to resources, ongoing learning and 24/7 digital support through the MHFAider Support App. This app gives you the tools and knowledge to carry out your role effectively and confidently, in the workplace and beyond.
Recognise those that may be experiencing poor mental health and provide them with first-level support and early intervention
- Encourage a person to identify and access sources of professional help and other supports
- Practise active listening and empathy
- Have a conversation with improved mental health literacy around language and stigma
- Discuss the MHFAider role in depth, including boundaries and confidentiality
- Practice self-care
- Know how to use the MHFAider Support App
- Know how to access a dedicated text service provided by Shout and ongoing learning opportunities with MHFA England
What you’ll receive on completion of the workshop:
- A hard copy workbook to support your learning throughout the course
- A digital manual to refer to after completing the course
- A wallet-sized reference card with the Mental Health First Aid action plan
- A digital MHFAider certificate
- Access to the MHFAider Support App for three years
- Access to ongoing learning opportunities, resources and exclusive events
- Join the largest MHFAider community in England
What costs are covered?
For members, BIGGA is covering the cost of the two-day workshop, including lunch. Travel and accommodation is not included.
About our provider
Graham Ramsey LLB (Hons), PGCE (QTS),
Mental Health First-Aider & Instructor
Graham Ramsey founded Mental Health Survival in the Workplace to provide practical, affordable support, interventions and advice to the public and private sector.
A qualified teacher, ex-police officer and law graduate, Graham has experienced mental health challenges in his own life, which lead him to qualify as a mental health first aider and instructor.
As a licensed MHFA England associate Instructor, he delivers the nationally recognised Adult Mental Health First Aider course. His objective is to help as many people as possible maintain good mental health and well-being.
MHFA England accreditations:
- Mental Health First Aider
- MHFA England Instructor Member
About Mental Health First Aid England
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a social enterprise with a vision to improve the mental health of the nation. It is the largest provider of mental health first aid training in the UK and Europe, with over a decade’s experience of supporting businesses to create and sustain healthier workplaces.
MHFA England is a licensed provider of mental health first aid training from MHFA International. Based in Australia, MHFA International is a not-for-profit organisation that develops, delivers and evaluates accredited mental health training programmes.
Mental health first aid training came to England in 2007. The Department of Health: National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE) launched the programme as part of a national approach to improve public mental health.
Mental health wellbeing videos
Paul MacCormack, The Mindful Super and course superintendent at Fox Meadows in Canada, has produced a series of exclusive videos for BIGGA members designed to offer ways of pausing during your busy working day to reflect on the world around you and stay grounded.
Paul spoke at Continue to Learn 2023 and he can be found on Twitter at @mindfulsuper_
Resources available to BIGGA members
Call: 0333 000 2082
BIGGA offers a confidential, professional telephone counselling service that can help you proactively manage stress by providing immediate emotional support, advice and practical information. Specialists can help members deal with personal relationship problems, problems with colleagues in the workplace and other issues affecting their general wellbeing.
The helpline is available to all BIGGA members and their families.
Call 0333 000 2082 (Calls to 0333 phone number are the same as a call to 01 or 02 landline numbers. Most charges are between 1p through to 8p/minute. Depending on your mobile network, call charges may be higher on pay-as-you-go than on a pay-monthly contract).
Call: 0845 646 1332
Email: [email protected]
BIGGA and HR Services Scotland provide every greenkeeper member with access to free help and advice to make your workplace a more professional and positive environment.
Qualified professionals are on hand to assist BIGGA members with any HR problems that arise, with advice just a phone call away.
Call: 0808 181 9194
Quote ref: ARAG 513185
When you have a legal problem it can be a highly stressful time of your life. It may be difficult to know who you can talk to and the cost can be expensive. BIGGA members have access to a legal advice line that is provided by Law Express. All calls are handled by qualified solicitors who can give advice on:
- Employment law
- Family law
- Property law
This helpline service is available to BIGGA members and their immediate family as part of the Legal Assistance insurance package.
If you are asked to state the name of the broker or policy number, mention Policy No: 513185, Broker : ARAG. Please have your membership number to hand.
Other useful links:
- Citizens Advice
- Workplace Bullying
- The British Heart Foundation
- Relate (Relationships)
- CRUSE Bereavement Care
- Stress Management Society
- Andy’s Man Club
- Men's Health Forum: Information on men's health policy and practice
- Stress - Introduction: Information on Stress from NHS Choices including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, risks and treatment and with links to other useful resources.
- Health and Safety Executive: Advice for work related stress
- International Stress Management Association UK (ISMA): Promoting stress prevention and well-being
- No Panic: Helpline for people experiencing anxiety disorders
- National Phobics Society: Information and support for those with anxiety disorders
- Mind: Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): See their website for a list of practitioners in your area.
Downloadable from your app provider
- Stay Alive (https://prevent-suicide.org.uk/find-help-now/stay-alive-app/)
- Headspace (https://www.headspace.com/)
- Calm (https://www.calm.com/)
Testimonials for the two-day Mental Health First Aid workshop
"For someone with little exposure to ill mental health, the course is great, I feel prepared to act in a professional 'correct' way."
"I am really impressed by how much we were able to learn in two days and the extensive resources and ongoing support provided to us following on from this.”
"The course has not only helped me on a personal level, but I have learnt skills that might one day save a person's life.”
"This is an amazing course, delivered by an amazing instructor"
" The subject matter makes is not the easiest material to teach, but my knowledge and confidence to approach a person with a mental health condition has increased enormously.”