Mental Health Skills for Managers - MHFA England

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Put wellbeing and mental health at the heart of your leadership approach to develop thriving teams with this practical and immersive Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England course

Course Overview

To create a mentally healthy workplace it is vital to build supportive relationships between managers and team members. This four-hour training course will provide a consistent approach to mental health and wellbeing, promoting healthy performance across the whole organisation.

This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England evidence-based course is ideal for people managers who want to help create an open culture around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The course is delivered by our trainers who are accredited Instructor Members, approved to deliver MHFA England* courses. Our trainers have people management experience and they have the expertise to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for the participants, enabling them to discuss sensitive issues with support and understanding.

*Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is a Licensed Provider of Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England, and their programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.

Course Outcomes

By attending the course, you will learn to:

  • Identify if an employee may be experiencing poor mental health
  • Feel confident having open conversations about mental health with your team members
  • Appropriately signpost to available support and know where to go for support and guidance for yourself
  • Role model good self-care practice, inspiring your teams to look after their own mental health and wellbeing

Benefits of the Mental Health Skills for Managers course

Managers who are able to support the mental health of their teams will encourage employees to thrive, increasing talent retention and reducing the impact of presenteeism and long-term sickness absence.

This training provides the learners with the knowledge and tools to take care of their own mental health as managers and empower their teams. The course encourages shared learning around mental health, examples of best practice, and how to challenge stigma.

Providing this training to everyone with people management responsibilities will ensure a consistent approach to mental health and wellbeing across teams and departments.

Who would benefit from attending this course?

This course is ideal for people managers at all levels across an organisation. The training promotes healthy performance culture, giving managers the skills and confidence to have conversations about mental health and encourage staff to seek early support.

Course Format and Content

Learners are required to complete a 30-minute self-reflective exercise in advance of the course. This exercise will give the learners the opportunity to consider mental health conversations they have had with their team members and what has worked well or not so well, in their experience.

The 4-hour course is an immersive training session, led by an instructor with people management experience.

There will be opportunities to practise embedding skills through group activities and discussions to share best practice.

Learners will receive a workbook to accompany the course and a certificate of attendance, upon completion.

Course structure:

  • Mental health spectrum: The importance of knowing your team, knowing yourself, and early warning signs
  • Stress and workplace stressors: The Stress Container and barriers to mental health conversations
  • Preparing for mental health conversations: Including preparing for virtual conversations and managing remotely
  • Mental health conversation cycle: Effective questions, active listening, empathetic responses, supporting, and signposting
  • Wellbeing and stress in the workplace: Using the Stress Container for yourself
  • Commitments to change: What to do next to embed learning

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Stress Management Training for Managers

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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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