In many workplaces discussion around Mental Health is still the big elephant in the room. Fear of raising this topic lies in being discriminated against – many people are reluctant to speak up because it could harm their promotion and career opportunities. Not only this, managers often shy away from the subject because they feel uncertain and don’t want to make matters worse or even provoke legal ramifications. A silent culture results in high absenteeism, presenteeism, increased staff turnover and poor staff morale.
Perhaps the question should be “What does a good Mental Health Culture feel like? It mostly likely feels like we are able to talk about our Mental Health (if we choose to) It feels like we are listened to and understood. It also feels like we are able to receive appropriate support. We believe our three courses outlined below are helpful in increasing knowledge, reducing stigma, growing support and encouraging sustainable wellbeing habits for you and your people. In working towards good Mental Health culture:
Mapping Mental Health for Managers
The CIPD (UK) found that more than four in ten (43%) employees would not feel comfortable disclosing unmanageable stress or poor mental health to their employer or manager. Disclosure is seen as the biggest barrier, creating a ‘vicious circle’ for both employees and employers. (CIPD). In the USA, fifty-six percent say they’d be uncomfortable talking to friends and family about it, and 84 percent say they’d be uncomfortable talking to their employer.
This course is designed for anyone involved in managing people be it line managers, HR or business owners. Managers are in a strong position to promote wellbeing and positive mental health of their teams. Being a specialist in mental health or having therapist and counsellor qualifications is NOT expected.
Come away with a strong understanding as to what Mental Health is and what an Inclusive Culture looks like. Learn how to recognise early signs of distress and signpost to appropriate support. Gain insight into good management practice to support a team member signed off from work, returning to work and what reasonable adjustments are.
Mental Illness Explained
Mental Health is our foundation to emotions, thinking, communicating, managing stress and fostering healthy self-esteem. Just like our physical health, for all of us, it is changeable. Mental Illness also known as Mental Health Disorders refers to a wide range of conditions all of which can impact us socially, at work and at home.
Depression is a leading cause of disability around the world and contributes greatly to the global burden of disease. Other examples of mental illness include anxiety, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Mental Illness knows no boundaries, can affect anyone and affects everyone differently. Mental Illness is treatable and many individuals continue to function well in their everyday lives.
Come away with a strong understanding of the many forms of mental illness. Furthermore, learn about the different triggers and what can be helpful for each. The knowledge gained will encourage an empathetic approach to supporting others.
Keeping your People Well
Encouraging a lifestyle that prioritises wellbeing is a crucial step in supporting prevention of mental illness and building protective factors. Being under pressure is a normal part of life but empowering your people to feel energised, avoid overwhelm and work effectively is helpful. Our approach to wellbeing is holistic and we recognise many contributors to feeling good. To this end we have a team of experts offering insight on Mental Health, Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition, Communication, Health of your Wealth and Purpose.
As a starting point consider our Building Resilience course which focuses on re-establishing your relationship with stress. Stress is not a mental illness, however when left unchecked can be a contributor. Recognise when the pressure is becoming too much and avoid negative consequences of stress by putting some actionable tactics in place to manage the day-to-day.
All bespoke content shared is:
- Well researched
- Evidence based
- Collated to keep people’s interest and maintain high engagement
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