With new statistics being thrust into the spotlight every day with regard to our Mental Health, it is more important than ever to think about how you, as an employer, are positively or negatively affecting the mental well-being of your employees.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, more than 1 in 7 people in the workplace will experience some form of mental health problem and evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness days in the UK can be attributed purely to mental health conditions. In order to keep hold of your portion of the estimated £8 billion per year that is lost due to a lack of mental health support in the workplace you really need to think about what measures you have in place to support your employees.

Mental Health Training

Mental health training is often not seen as much of a priority because a lot of mental health diagnoses go under the radar. With Mental Health awareness training, however, managers will find it much easier to identify issues within their teams and take preventative action.

Mental Health disorders like stress, anxiety, and depression operate on a spectrum and what can start out as someone feeling a little overwhelmed, can quickly spiral into full blown anxiety and depression.

No-one expects managers to become personal therapists, but by providing your team with knowledge, competence and importantly the confidence to spot disorders in their teams you will be able to preserve and encourage good performance and productivity.

Depending on the amount of time and resource that you are able to allocate as a business, you may be able to put in place a myriad of initiatives, like personal days for employee wellbeing, or company training days.

There are processes, however, that can be put in place for even the most time stretched organisations. At Kate Underwood HR we work with the organisation, Upskill People, who can provide convenient and effective Mental Health Training for managers online and at your convenience. Every training programme features a test at the end of the course so that you can ensure the important content has been absorbed by your manager.

Managers that take these Mental Health Training courses can expect to:

  • Get a better understanding of what different mental health disorders are and how they affect wellbeing and performance.
  • Enhance their observational and listening skills to facilitate more confident and in-depth conversations around the topic of mental health.
  • Improve their ability to intervene early when a problem has been identified.
  • Improve their ability to manage mental health related absences more effectively.
  • Gain a much greater awareness of what are appropriate preventative measures to take when managing mental health cases.

Employers have a duty of care to look after their employees Mental Health as well as their physical safety.

If you don’t have any measures in place or are looking at increasing your companies productivity by reducing mental health related absences and issues, please get in contact.


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