The way in which we work today is constantly changing and evolving, not only ‘what’ we do but ‘how’ we do it i.e., the work place, technology, working hours etc. Inevitably the pressures placed upon us are changing and evolving as well. Therefore, in order for us to flourish, it is essential to take care of and maintain our mental wellness.
Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation’s website show that:
Whilst we as individuals need to take responsibility for this there is an increasing emphasis on the role that employers and organisations can play too. Workplaces have a duty to enable HR, managers and leaders to have the right skills to positively deal with and spot mental health in their teams.
There is still a huge stigma around mental health and we need to banish it. We can only do this by raising awareness about it and offering practical support to all employees. If organisations were to identify and implement measures to improve mental health they could increase employee engagement and morale and improve performance therefore increasing staff retention.
We know early intervention is key to helping prevent any crisis in mental health. Therefore by having open conversations, educating our employees and implementing strategies about mental health we can remove the stigma and avoid such crisis. Spotting the early signs of developing mental health issues not only reduces absenteeism and long-term sickness but in compassionate organisations, where employees feel valued and understood, people and businesses flourish.
Our expertise is delivering taboo and sensitive subjects in an engaging and fun way. We use humour to break the ice and provide a platform enabling people to have frank, open conversations. This session is an opportunity to seek out practical ideas which can be taken back to the workplace in order to create a supportive culture around mental health.
Introductions and gentle ice breaker.
Expectations: In small groups discuss and share expectations from the day, then with the whole group. Trainer to address and manage expectations.
What is Mental Health? Free flow exercise untapping what we automatically think of when we hear OR read the words: ‘Mental Health’. Trainer to facilitate discussion re preconceptions, misconceptions and stigma.
Introduce the ‘mental health continuum’.
Common Mental Health Issues: Learn the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, debunking myths along the way and including video testaments of lived experience and examples of positive portrayals.How to apply Mental Health First Aid: Introducing the MHFA acronym ALGEE:
Owning it – what is YOUR role in the workplace – how can YOU help? Trainer to facilitate discussion and capture outcomes re taking responsibility as individuals and as an organisation.
Introducing FLIP it Thinking for Resilience
Trainer takes the group through each part of the FLIP it process using upbeat interactive exercises to illustrate how effective and immediate FLIP it thinking can be – our proven accessible Laughology toolkit that uses psychology and humour to help people cope in the moment and develop resilience.
Review the day’s learning and make commitment to practice using the STOP / START / CONTINUE method.
The session was amazing. So funny, full of engaging, but also pertinent raising relevant, current issues and looking at how to address them.