There is still a huge stigma around mental health and we need to banish it. We can only do this by raising awareness, normalising conversations and offering practical support to all employees.
We know early intervention is key to helping prevent any crisis in mental health. 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.
Whilst we as individuals need to take responsibility for our own mental health, 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 identify and signpost to the right support.
At Laughology we understand human behaviour, feelings and motivation. Our expertise is delivering taboo and sensitive subjects and exploring issues 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.
The workshop will explore techniques to normalise conversations and listen and communicate non-judgementally. And will introduce positive interventions on sign-posting people to the right help and how to develop a resilience toolkit.
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.
Good session - Informative yet entertaining, on a serious topic.
I enjoyed yesterday’s session I found it to be both informative and enjoyable I thought Kerry was very good and encompassed the right amount of humour within the course subject to keep me engaged though out the duration
The course content was very good with the right mix of interaction, slides and videos