Workplace mental health and wellbeing are hot topics and there is an ever-growing selection of mental health courses from a variety of training providers.

It can be difficult to know what to offer your employees, so here I break down some of the main options.

 

Workplace mental health interventions largely fall into three categories:

Depending on your budget, your interventions should cover all three.  You can read more about these in our interactive report.

 

  1. Prevention (e.g. free healthy food, gym membership, mindfulness, resilience training)
  2. Treating the problem (e.g. Mental Health First Aid, management training, free counselling)
  3. Raising mental health awareness so that people are more comfortable to disclose problems (e.g. mental health events, training managers to identify problems and openly discuss mental health with employees)

 

A survey is a must

Before deciding what is right for your particular workplace, a survey is an absolute must. This will help you ascertain important information such as:

  • The percentage of absence that is caused by mental health issues
  • The current level of happiness in the workplace
  • Issues that people would like to be addressed
  • Level of comfort people have to disclose mental health problems
  • Possible mental health interventions that people are interested in

 

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Training Days or Online Mental Health Courses?

With Covid-19, there is no question that online is the way to go, but even before the pandemic, there have always been advantages to online learning.

 

Mental Health Courses – Types:

  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – these courses help you to identify, understand and help a person who may be experiencing a mental health problem. There are a variety of training providers, including Mental Health First Aid England who offer both in-person and online.
  • MIND offers a range of short mental health courses that aim to increase people’s awareness of their own and others’ mental health.
  • Resilience training and stress management – the Feel Great @ Work course by Brain Happy builds positive coping strategies through a mix of positive psychology, performance coaching and neuro-linguistic programming.

 

 

Online Mental Health Courses – Benefits:

  • Allow employees to complete learning in their own time, allowing time for consolidation and learning when the person is focused and interested.
  • Build skills
  • Choice can be built in
  • Demonstrate best practice
  • Cost effective – often cheaper than one-off learning days
  • Efficient – usually takes up less work time

What are the benefits of workplace mental health interventions?

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Save money

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Reduce absenteeism

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Reduce presenteeism

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Improve productivity

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Create a fun work environment

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Demonstrate best practice

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Retain good staff

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Protection from legal action

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Reduce employee turnover