Mental Health Awareness Training

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This course increases awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Delegates will learn how to spot the signs that a colleague might be struggling and steps they can take to provide practical support, whilst recognising what they can do as individuals to protect their own mental health.

Course Overview

Mental Health Awareness training gives delegates the skills and knowledge to take positive action to support others in the workplace and builds awareness of protecting their own mental wellbeing. This training enables delegates to recognise the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health issues and explore practical strategies to support team members and colleagues.

Training is delivered in a relaxed, supportive and flexible manner with opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practice. Scenarios and practical exercises will be used to illustrate the challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face in the workplace. Although this training is primarily focused on how to support others, delegates will also build awareness of actions they can take to protect their own mental health.

Key Benefits

  • 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 on the mental health of individuals and teams
  • Recognise some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental health issues
  • Build awareness of actions that protect mental health and how to access support to help others, or for self-care
  • Increase confidence to sensitively open a dialogue with clients or colleagues who may be experiencing mental health problems
  • Ability to intervene in a practical way to support someone with a mental health condition
  • Understand the legal requirement within the Equality Act 2010

Who is it for?

Mental Health Awareness Training is suitable for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of how to support others.


The course content and capacity can be customised for individuality and to ensure organisations’ specific learning criteria are met. Consultancy in mental health awareness is also an option either as a standalone service or in conjunction with training.

Course Content

Key skills and techniques for supporting mental health related issues

Throughout the session, discussions will ensure that delegates can learn from life experiences; consider best practice in a positive and supportive environment, and take away some practical ideas and advice on how to support individuals suffering from a mental health impact.

Raising Awareness of Stress and Mental Health Conditions

  • What is good health?
  • What is Pressure? What is Stress?
  • The effect stress has on the brain and the body (stress response)
  • Signs and symptoms of acute, chronic stress and burnout
  • The need for effective personal and professional boundaries when supporting mental health impacts

Types of Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions

The following conditions are discussed:

  • Depression
  • Burnout
  • Major depressive episode
  • Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Psychosis (Schizophrenia)
  • Bipolar affective disorder
  • Suicide awareness

Delegates will engage in exploratory discussions on the following topics:

  • An overview of the specific condition
  • Common signs and symptoms
  • Potential causes and possible interventions
  • Helpful hints when supporting a person with the condition (case studies, scenarios)
  • Managing mental health emergencies

Mental Health and the Law
This section summarises the main areas of legislation and the impact on businesses, including the implications of the Equality Act 2010 and the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Personal Action Planning
Delegates will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts on action takeaways for themselves and their teams.

Delegate comments from the Mental Health Awareness Training for all Employees course:


“A subject that affects so many people at some stage in their life could be helped/assisted with this training. Helping people to be aware of individuals suffering with mental health, talking about it and HOW to assist the individual and team working with mental health.”

"Enjoyable day with a passionate tutor who made the topic interesting and light hearted"
"Very beneficial and informative with things to take away and apply in the workplace"
"I will be more open minded. Listen more without judgement. I feel I am now capable of speaking with someone who has any issues."
"This was an enlightening course that has given me more confidence to offer and ask for help"

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"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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