Mental Health Awareness Training can be stimulating & refreshing

Mental Health Awareness Training can be stimulating & refreshing

Posted by Amanda Furness


The Future Forecast survey for 2018 produced by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) makes for some pretty gloomy reading and headlines,

Managers facing mental health crisis, warns report

‘Always on’ culture leading to managers working an extra 44 days a year

However, we’ve gone for a more uplifting title because, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, there are actions organisations can take to boost and improve their workforce’s wellbeing in 2018 and beyond.

The study surveyed 1037 managers, 10% of whom had taken at least one day’s sick leave due to stress, depression or a mental health issue in the past year, with the average absence being a 12 day period off work.  Those surveyed also worked, on average, 7.5 hours unpaid overtime each week, or put another way, an extra day’s work each week.  In addition, almost 3 in 5 managers admitted to checking their emails outside working hours.  And the “B” word has added an extra dimension, with over a fifth of the managers surveyed believing that Brexit had affected workplace morale and overall psychological wellbeing, and 14% saying it had affected their motivation.

So, overall not a great picture and, quite rightly, the CMI’s Director of Strategy, Petra Wilson advises, “… Improving managers’ quality of working life should be every employer’s New Year’s resolution to boost productivity. This means encouraging managers to switch-off, helping them to deal with the pressure, and giving them the training and support they need to perform.”

As a provider of wellbeing training to organisations for almost 20 years, we have found that training in the areas of stress management, personal resilience and mental health awareness can all help managers and their teams consider strategies that work best for them in the challenges they face of improving productivity with decreasing resources in an ‘always on’ culture.

Training managers in Mental Health Awareness prepares them to work with, and support, colleagues and others with a mental health issue.  By de-mystifying the most common mental health conditions, they learn that they don’t have to be an expert to be able to offer support to team members and colleagues.  Advice on how to deal with difficult behaviours, hold personal and professional boundaries and tackle mental health prejudice & stigma in the workplace is also given during our one-day course.

Mental Health Awareness Training can be stimulating and refreshing

The title was chosen as it includes two of the words used recently by attendees of our Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers course to describe their overall experience of the course,

“Great course and trainer.  Found the whole course interesting and stimulating”

“A brilliant, thought provoking course – REFRESHING!”

“Engaging, stimulating and educational” 


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