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Mental Health Awareness: Training for Managers – An Open Course

Mental Health Awareness: Training for Managers

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Delegate numbers: This open course will have a maximum of 12 delegates

Price: £150 + Vat per delegate

Helps managers spot the early signs of mental ill-health and build their confidence in having supportive conversations with team members.

Key benefits:

  • Understand the impact of the stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace
  • Improve understanding of the way stress impacts on emerging mental ill-health
  • Recognise and learn how to explore some of the possible signs that a colleague is struggling with their mental health
  • Increase confidence to have empathetic, open conversations around mental health
  • Be comfortable in your ability to ask appropriate questions and explore responses, while being mindful of the need for personal self-care and boundaries
  • Learn how to explore with an individual a range of internal & external pathways to care and support
  • Understand legal obligations in line with the Equality Act 2010 and other key legislation
  • Consider how reasonable adjustments can be made to sustain employment and promote recovery & growth


This 3-hour virtual training course will help managers spot the early signs of mental ill-health and build their confidence in having supportive conversations with team members. Delegates will gain an understanding of the most common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. They will learn practical approaches to intervene and offer the right support to look after the wellbeing of their team members.  Completing a personal action plan at the end of the session will ensure the delegates understand the next steps to take to manage wellbeing in their organisations.

Most of us are very aware of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting changes to the working environment for employers and employees. Adapting to find ways to maintain wellbeing and promote good mental health at work are paramount in this new context.


Course overview

The course content encourages managers to recognise the behavioural and emotional indicators which may be associated with mental ill-health. It raises awareness of the impact mental health can have on performance. Practical tools and strategies are introduced, which help managers to be more alert to these indicators as well as increasing their confidence in supporting individuals and teams.

Legal and organisational obligations of psychological risk management form an important framework for all of the content.

This course is suitable for anyone whose role involves being a people manager or supporting others.


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."

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