More than three people in 10 have experienced a mental health issue such as anxiety and depression while in employment. Less than half have disclosed their condition. Whilst there is more mental health awareness of addressing the psychological needs of the workforce, few have in place a framework that achieves this. Those that do have a more engaged, productive and motivated staff.
Stigma can affect those with a mental health issue more than the condition itself. Understanding common mental health conditions can help de-stigmatise and de-bunk myths and help build confidence so people can recognise and support those that appear to be experiencing a mental health problem. Importantly building a better understanding helps ensure conversations take place that normalise conditions.
We bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, in both theory and practice, of the management of mental health. We can also explore the legal position of employers and the variety of proactive ways that it is possible to support mental health in the workplace.
We help provide a cost-effective framework that allows people to more confidently identify, understand and help those that may have a mental health issue.
Improving knowledge, confidence, attitudes and helping behaviours within an organisation helps reduce negative attitudes and increase the supportive behaviours within the team and organisation. This is key to stopping conditions from getting worse and helping people recover faster.
Activities include a range of practical exercises that develop an awareness and understanding of mental health issues, their causes and the different ways to help and support employees who may have, or be at risk of developing a condition. This includes spotting the signs of struggle, how to prevent and manage issues, start conversations, manage disclosure and consider reasonable adjustments.
Promoting better mental health awareness in the workplace helps early identification of possible conditions developing, and the confidence needed to take positive action. This not only improves workplace wellbeing, but improves performance and employee engagement too.
This is what clients have had to say about impact:
“I’ve learnt that I need to listen to my team more, and talk less!”
“We have struggled to know what to do about this issue and I realise now that we don’t have to have all the answers but just acknowledging the issue and opening up the conversation with individuals can be hugely beneficial.”
“Great course. Just knowing how and why people get mental health issues has been so useful.”