Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers

This course provides an opportunity for managers to learn more about mental wellbeing and how they can support the mental health of their team members.

"A very comprehensive course that equipped me with skills to support staff in mental wellbeing."

Why Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers is so important

Employers, and in particular managers, play a crucial role in supporting the physical and mental well-being of their team members. Managers who adopt a supportive approach to mental ill-health are more likely to retain their staff, reduce absenteeism, enhance performance and improve the likelihood of recovery.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) mental health at work guideline aims to promote a supportive and inclusive work environment and includes a recommendation to provide training for managers.

This course incorporates the areas NICE recommend organisations consider when offering mental health awareness training for managers. It helps to provide managers and team leaders with essential skills to identify people who may be struggling; gain confidence to intervene at an early stage; have conversations on mental wellbeing and ask appropriate questions; explore workable solutions; and offer or signpost to the right help and support.

A delegate review -

"Really good. In a short space of time a lot of pertinent things were discussed that I can use from tomorrow. It was delivered in such a way that kept us engaged and able to ask questions. Thank You."

Key benefits of attending this course

  • Understand the impact of the stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace
  • Appreciate how stress impacts 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, non-judgemental, open conversations about mental health
  • Learn how to ask appropriate questions and explore responses while being mindful of the need for personal self-care and boundaries
  • Understand how to approach discussions with individuals regarding 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

Who would benefit from attending this course?

This course is ideal for anyone whose role involves being a people manager or supporting others. The content would also enhance the role of anyone involved in psychological health policy writing, including Human Resource professionals and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officers.

Duration: 1-day face-to-face course or virtually over two shorter sessions.  We can also deliver a condensed version of this course

Format: Virtual, live, interactive session or face-to-face delivery.

Please get in touch with us for information regarding optimum group sizes, our availability and how we can tailor this training to meet your organisation’s requirements.  

Course Overview

Throughout the training session, there will be an emphasis on creating a safe and supportive learning environment to enable an open, productive discussion of a sensitive topic. Exercises such as case studies and scenarios will be used to raise awareness of the challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face and the practical actions managers can take to address these challenges.

Delegates have the opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and examine their reactions and responses to mental ill-health and stigma and share best practice.

The course content includes:

  • Mental ill-health, attitudes, impact in the workplace & stigma
  • Personal and professional boundaries and ensuring self-care
  • Reflective listening and professional empathy – how to manage conversations and ask appropriate questions, using the LEAP framework
  • Risk management and legislation
  • Reasonable adjustments and structuring workload to assist recovery
  • Raising awareness of stress and its contribution to mental ill-health diagnosis
  • Anxiety, Depression and related conditions
  • Managing mental health emergencies
  • Practical solutions and helpful hints for managers
  • Exercises such as case studies and scenarios to raise awareness
  • Exploring existing support systems in your workplace and signposting
  • Personal action planning and further resources for ongoing development

A customer testimonial for Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers


“For us, training and education within our business is always high on our agenda and the Mental Health Awareness course run by In Equilibrium proved to be a fascinating and highly valuable experience to our management team. The day was delivered with complete professionalism and I’m confident that the whole team left with a far greater understanding and awareness of this important area, and I’m sure this will help us to better meet the needs of our employees going forward.”

Caroline Carr, HR Director, Stovax Heating Group


A delegate's response to the question, "What will you do differently after attending this training?"

“Be confident in being able to discuss mental health and play some part towards removing the stigma associated. I'll also be more aware of signs that someone is potentially struggling. In the past I'd have had no idea until it was probably too late to support that person effectively.”

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Stress Management Training for Managers

A practical and interactive one-day course which looks at the signs of stress and its risk implications. By the end of the day, participants will be able to discuss individual team members' stress triggers with them and agree individual strategies which can then be reviewed at a later date.

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Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


"The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange."

— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

"We wanted to provide a course that taught useful and practical coping strategies that our members could put into place straight away. In Equilibrium’s experience showed us that they could provide this, and they tailored the course perfectly."

— The Association of Electoral Administrators

"In-Equilibrium recently presented Mental Health Awareness to Managers in all of our area offices. The training was really well received and all of the trainers were praised for their in-depth knowledge and understanding."


— Roger Bullivant Limited

"The training was very well received by staff who now all intend to implement the session’s practical tips and techniques into their existing roles. A large proportion of the staff rated the facilitator and their delivery as excellent and their only recommendation was for a further and longer session!"

— Leeds City College

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