Simon Blake OBE: Why managers matter for mental health

In this episode of the 12 Minutes of Workplace Health Podcast, Harry Bliss, Co-founder and CEO of Champion Health, interviews Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.

Simon shares his journey from a potential educational psychologist to his work in sexual health and wellbeing, ultimately leading him to his role at MHFA England.

The conversation explores the evolving attitudes of organisations toward mental health over the past few years, with the global pandemic triggering a greater focus on mental health and wellbeing. They also discuss the popularity of MHFA training over the years including how to select MHFA trainers within organisations.

Simon also explains the significance of line manager training when it comes to supporting mental health at work.