Work plays an important role in our mental health and well-being.
It provides us with social contacts, support networks, learning opportunities and an environment where we can apply our unique skill sets and grow as individuals.
It keeps us physically and mentally active, is a place to develop new skills, a sense of identity and personal achievement. We need to Strive to Thrive in our workplace wherever that may be.
We need each other to make it a happy and productive place to work in, but whose responsibility is it to achieve these ideals? It is both the employee and business management. There are safeguards in place for both parties from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) and other government statutes and advisory publications.
This all sounds great, but work can also be a place that can make us unwell. Where the pressure of ongoing change at work, more intense hours, financial pressure at home, commuting, relationship issues both inside and outside work can lead to a number of mental health issues.
We have a passion for people in the workplace being productive and fruitful, as well as being mentally healthy. It is about creating the right environment which is:
A place where both management and employees are working together for the profitability of the business. A place where there is no stigma attached to mental health issues and where people can be listened to in a non-judgmental way and continue to be a valuable assets to the business.
So how do we achieve a healthy work environment?
We approach the business well-being in a holistic manner whereby we not only view the business as a living entity, but also see the employees as fully rounded people. This approach leads us to provide several services:
- Mental Health First Aider Training
- Mental Health for Managers Training
- Mental Health Audit
- Risk Assessments
- Implementation and support of mental health in the workplace
- Life coaching
- Managing Stress and anxiety in the workplace
We engage with senior management, Human Resource departments as well as Health and Safety management to discuss what the business has in place, identify it’s needs and perform a gap analysis on the compliance of mental health in the workplace.
We prepare a proposal detailing our findings, your requirements and vision and how we can support you in achieving a healthy and safe workplace. We also offer risk assessment services for employee’s who have had mental ill-health and are preparing to return to work.
For more on this please contact us for a free 30 minute assessment of how we can assist you and how you can leverage our services.
Mental Health First Aider
Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) are volunteers from within a business that are trained to become the first point of contact and are mental health champions.
MHFA’s form an important part of an organisation’s health and well-being strategy. To perform their role effectively and safely at work, MHFA training is required and should form part of a whole organisation approach to business well-being. MHFA’s will need the full support of the business, which should include an effective strategy, policies and procedures and clear communication of their role.
We provide a 2 day MHFA training course. For more information contact us.
Managers and Mental Health Awareness
Managers are key to the implementation and support for mental health in the workplace. The manager’s role is changing and requires opportunities for employees to be able to talk to them regarding their well-being.
The return to work after COVID-19 will be a challenge for both employers and employees. The interface between them are the line managers.
Managers being aware of the previous stigma and discrimination will be able to promote a healthier and more productive environment for all employees. In the past there have been instances where employees with a mental health condition may have been side-lined for promotion or even dismissed, but the law and awareness has changed.
Our training not only covers these aspects, but also how to implement a Mental Health Policy to create a better environment for the employee to become more productive.
Our training will equip you to:
- Acknowledge negative feelings: Being an emotionally intelligent manager will help you to recognize your own thoughts and feelings towards mental health.
- De-medicalise mental health: What influences mental health and why doesn’t it affect everyone differently?
- Recognize that mental health is a continuum: We are all on the continuum scale, but where we are on the scale is what affects our mental health.
- Recognize the link between mental health: How this affects productivity, absenteeism and presenteeism.
Get In Touch
To find out more about how we can help implement mental health first aid across your business or improve your current business well-being: