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.
- Prevention (e.g. free healthy food, gym membership, mindfulness, resilience training)
- Treating the problem (e.g. Mental Health First Aid, management training, free counselling)
- 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