It is widely reported that mental ill health will affect one in four people at some point in their working lives. People with mental health problems frequently suffer discrimination in the workplace and unemployment affects those with long-term mental health disorders more than any other group of disabled people. The term mental ill health covers harmful levels of stress, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder (manic depression), psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder and is often associated with drug and alcohol abuse and eating disorders (e.g. anorexia nervosa and bulimia).
The mental health charity, Mind found:
- 30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’
- 56 per cent of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don't feel they have the right training or guidance.
Mental health is one of the key reasons for sickness absence within the UK. The Mental Health Foundation state that:
- 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace
- evidence suggests that 12.7 per cent of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
For organizations, this presents a challenge as much as an opportunity to play a central role in strengthening the mental wellbeing of their workforce. Those organizations which have a clear strategy in place and that proactively protect and care for mental health issues will reap the rewards of a robust and resilient workforce.
The Coach Approach has a number of short mental health, personal performance training sessions that can be delivered at your business.
Mental Health Awareness (for everyone)
An introduction to the topic of mental health, which raises awareness of mental health issues, their symptoms and effects and how to both identify and minimise them, to enable those who work in the organisation to actively promote a culture of wellbeing for the benefit of all.
The workshop also covers what stress is, what creates it and how it impacts the brain, body and the workplace, as well as simple things we can do ourselves to proactively minimise the possibility of stress and impact of stress, both on ourselves and those we live and work with.
It combines presentations and current statistical content with group activities and discussions, all built around modern neuroscience and equips attendees with the following:
- An understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect mental wellbeing
- The knowledge and skills to better manage your own mental wellbeing
- Self-awareness and insight into your own mental health status and challenges
- The ability to identify the triggers and spot the signs of common mental health issues
- Numbers are limited to 15 people per course so that we can ensure people feel safe and supported while they learn.
Everyone who completes the course gets a workbook and manual which details all learning content and highlights key points to remember and actions to take so that they can refresh their knowledge and refer back at any time, enabling them to implement their new knowledge and skills immediately.
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