Helps employees spot the early signs of mental ill-health and build their confidence in having supportive conversations with colleagues.
- Understand the stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace
- Increase delegate's awareness of their own attitudes to mental health and illness
- Improve understanding of the impact of stress and lifestyle choices on mental health in the workplace
- Recognise some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental health conditions
- Know how to sensitively start a conversation with clients or colleagues who may be experiencing mental health problems
- Be able to intervene in a practical way to support someone with a mental health condition
This 2-hour virtual training course prepares team members to provide much needed practical support to colleagues who may be struggling. Delegates will learn how to spot the signs of mental ill-health; have open, supportive conversations and respond appropriately, whilst being mindful of their boundaries and self-care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in business disruption and changes to the working environment. Employers are aware of their obligations to maintain wellbeing and promote good mental health in the workplace, and basic awareness training for everyone is considered good practice. Without early intervention to spot the signs of ill-health, employees are at risk of being absent and suffering with long term health conditions. Many organisations lose the skills and experience of capable employees who suffer in silence and feel they have no choice but to choose between a deterioration of their mental health or to leave their employment.
Throughout the training course delegates focus on the most common mental health disorders. In addition to learning how to recognise signs and symptoms, they gain advice on practical strategies to support team members and colleagues. This training course also raises awareness of the way stress impacts on mental health.
The Trainer, Michelle Spirit, is an experienced facilitator and will put delegates at ease with the technology and the course exercises. All she asks is that delegates have their camera and sound turned on from the start of the session and she will lead them, in a supportive way, through the course topics. Training is delivered in a relaxed and flexible manner with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Practical exercises will be used to illustrate the challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face in the workplace.
Trainer: Michelle Spirit
Michelle, Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, is a Human Resource Specialist able to work at both strategic and operational level. In her role as a trainer and corporate coach, she has a flair for delivering memorable, thought-provoking support and learning based on cutting edge biopsychosocial research that she translates into practical tools and techniques, utilised to help organisations and individuals manage stress, build resilience and understand mental health issues.
Michelle has spent over 20 years working with organisations and individuals in the Private, Public and Higher Education Sectors. Her particular areas of interest and expertise are Stress Management, Resilience Skills, Mental Health and Mindfulness.
As a qualified Mental Health Nurse and psychotherapist Michelle also works with clients on a one-to-one basis, focusing primarily on clients with anxiety and depressive related disorders.
Michelle’s experience includes authoring a model of learner support for 150 private sector supervisors and managers based on learning champion and mentoring models along with delivering mental health awareness training to supporters of some of the more disadvantaged members of the community.
Michelle is communicative, intuitive, able to establish and sustain strong relationships with clients and achieve exceptional results in complex environments.
Delegates feedback after attending Michelle's courses
"Michelle was fantastic. She has great expertise and is aware of the impact of mental health issues on all parties."
"Michelle was very open and honest and created a safe learning environment."
”Michelle’s expertise and diplomatic approach to such a sensitive topic was exemplary."
"A very informative, excellent half-day workshop.Hugely informative providing guidance when dealing with situations and triggers to look out for."
"More awareness of my triggers, behaviours, which should allow me to control feelings and be a better manager."
"Excellent facilitator was very knowledgeable and this course should be attended by everyone."