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Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers

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1 Day Course

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


An independent review of the impact of poor mental health in the workplace, ‘Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers’ by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, concluded that poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.

Employers, and in particular managers, play a key role in supporting the physical as well as the mental well-being 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 well-being a priority in the workplace; managers who are well informed in this area will be much more effective in making this a priority.

Currently the biggest single reason why people leave the workplace is issues relating to mental ill-health. 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 Thriving at Work’ report 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.

Course Overview

Delegates will be given a comprehensive overview of mental well-being and possible mental ill-health.  Managers will be given 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 well-being 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 is delivered in a relaxed, flexible way.  A safe and supportive learning environment is created to allow productive discussion of a sensitive topic.  The challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face in the workplace will be highlighted through discussions and exercises.  Practical exercises will be used to demonstrate the link between mental well-being and mental ill-health and harness the experience of the delegates.

  • Course Duration:1-day course
  • Course Capacity:up to 15 delegates (12 for optimum benefit)
  • Availability: All our courses are delivered in-house throughout the UK and Europe
  • Customisation: The content can be adapted to give sector specific context

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 & Well-being 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 well-being/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 Well-being & 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

*Further details of the Thriving at Work report:

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If you would like to discuss any aspect of our Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers course, please call us on 0131 476 5027 or drop an email to – [email protected]

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Delegate Comments: MHA Manager Training

“The trainer explained everything perfectly and reiterated constantly and consistently.” “The trainer kept it interesting throughout and gave good examples.” “The course was extremely well delivered.” “It’s now easier to spot mental illness and understand how to deal with it.”

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“The day was delivered with complete professionalism.”

Delegate Comments: MHA Managers Training

“I feel that I now have a deeper understanding of issues which previously I only knew the names of.” “Clarified so much I have taken for granted. Helped to identify signs and symptoms.” “It gave me knowledge which will help me in a number of ways:- personally, family and at work.”

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