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Mental Health Awareness Training for all Employees

This mental health awareness training course empowers team members to provide much needed practical support.  Knowing how to support a colleague with a mental health problem can make a huge difference
in the workplace.

Course Context

The objectives of this training are:

  • To provide the knowledge required to more effectively support someone with a suspected or diagnosed mental health condition
  • To raise understanding of coping methods when a team member is displaying some of the challenging behaviours associated with the most common mental health conditions

Throughout the training course delegates focus on the most common mental health disorders. In addition to learning how to recognise signs and symptoms, they gain advice on practical strategies to support team members and colleagues. This training course also raises awareness of the way stress impacts on mental health. The relevance and requirements of the Equality Act 2010 are summarised within the course.

There tends to be a great variation in the level of awareness of mental health issues within workplaces. A workplace that is positive about mental health supports the wellbeing of all employees, as well as encouraging openness about mental health problems. Basic training for everyone is good practice. Many organisations lose the skills and experience of countless capable employees who suffer in silence and feel they have no choice but to choose between a deterioration of their mental health or to leave their employment.

Training is delivered in a relaxed and flexible manner with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Practical exercises will be used to illustrate the challenges those with a mental health condition regularly face in the workplace.

  • Duration: 1-day course
  • Capacity: 12 recommended for optimum results
  • Availability: All of our in-house courses are delivered by our UK wide network of trainers
  • Customisation: The content can be tailored to meet an organisation’s individual requirements

Who Is It For?

Mental Health Awareness Training for all Employees is suitable for anyone working within a team environment.

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 mental health in the workplace
  • Recognise some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental health conditions
  • Acquire the 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

Course Content

Raising Awareness of Stress and Mental Health Conditions

  • 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

Types of Mental Health Illnesses and Conditions

The following conditions are discussed:

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

Delegates will focus on:

  • An overview of the specific condition
  • Common signs and symptoms
  • Causes; possible interventions/medication
  • 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

Key skills and techniques for supporting mental health related issues
Practical solutions which can be implemented and advice on how to hold conversations with people suffering from a mental health condition

Personal Action Planning

A testimonial for 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.”

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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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