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Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers

This learning opportunity supports managers to appreciate the importance of workplace mental health.  The course content encourages managers to understand the link between mental wellbeing and emerging mental ill-health, equipping them with basic knowledge essential to supporting a mental health diagnosis.

Our training courses are currently being delivered in a live, virtual, interactive format, in addition to onsite face-to-face training where appropriate. All of our training is delivered by experienced subject experts.

Course Context

Employers, and in particular managers, play a key role in supporting the physical as well as the mental wellbeing of their team members. A healthy managers’ approach can create a supportive, non-judgmental ethos within the team allowing team members to flourish.

There are operational, legal, financial and moral reasons to give mental wellbeing a priority in the workplace; managers who are well informed in this area will be much more effective in making this a priority.

Mental ill-health is currently the biggest single reason why people leave the workplace. Absenteeism is incredibly costly and disruptive to all organisations. Presenteeism (coming to work when ill) has been estimated to be twice as costly as absenteeism; this hidden cost has massive impacts on performance and health & safety.

The Stevenson and Farmer ‘The Thriving at Work’ report, published in October 2017, recommends 6 ‘mental health core standards,’ as a starting point for managing mental health in the workplace. These standards include the implementation of a mental health at work plan; raising awareness of mental health; and encouraging open conversations with regard to the relevant support available.

Further details of the Thriving at Work report:

Course Overview

Delegates receive a comprehensive overview of mental wellbeing and possible mental ill-health. Managers gain the knowledge and confidence to explore individual indicators with staff and appreciate the impact of prolonged stress. They will go on to create a supportive individual action plan to promote wellness and recovery in the workplace.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To raise awareness of mental wellbeing and possible emerging mental ill-health conditions
  • To help managers or team leaders become more confident in communicating with their team members and learn about early intervention to eliminate the risk of long term mental health conditions
  • To increase manager confidence to talk about mental wellbeing in a timely way and explore possible diagnosed conditions to find workable person-centred support if required
  • To coach/inform & support workplace teams to incorporate the needs of colleagues working towards recovery and growth

Training delivery is relaxed and flexible.  A safe and supportive learning environment is created to enable a productive discussion of a sensitive topic. The challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face in the workplace are highlighted through discussions and exercises.  Practical exercises are used to demonstrate the link between mental wellbeing and mental ill-health and harness the experience of the delegates.

Duration: 1-day face-to-face course or virtually over two shorter sessions.  We can also deliver a condensed version; please contact us for more details.  

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

Delegate numbers: Please contact us to discuss optimum numbers.

Please contact us for information regarding availability and how we can tailor this training to meet your organisation’s requirements.   Specific course objectives can be discussed with the Trainer, and the course content can be adapted to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the delegates.

Who Is It For?

This course is essential 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.

Key Benefits

  • Understand the impact of stigma that surrounds mental health in the workplace
  • Improve understanding of the way stress impacts on emerging mental ill-health
  • Recognise and explore some of the possible indicators of diminished mental wellbeing/emerging mental ill-health
  • Build confidence to ask appropriate questions and explore responses, while being mindful of the need for personal self-care and boundaries
  • 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

Course Content

  • Mental ill-health & stigma
  • Personal and professional boundaries
  • Reflective listening and professional empathy – how to manage conversations and ask appropriate questions
  • Risk management and legislation
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Raising awareness of stress and it’s contribution to mental ill-health diagnosis
  • Mental wellbeing & stress
  • Anxiety and related conditions
  • Depression and crisis
  • Managing mental health emergencies
  • Practical solutions and helpful hints for managers (case studies, scenarios)
  • Personal action planning

A testimonial for the Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers Course:


“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

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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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