Looking after your mental health

Course aims – by the end of this course delegates will have:

  • more information about the psychological impact of the pandemic and lock down
  • a detailed understanding of anxiety and stress, including traumatic stress, and how it impacts us physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially
  • reflected on their own mental health and considered what steps to take to better manage it
  • more information about the broader legal frameworks around mental health at work, and the resources and support available

Course outline

  • what we know about mental health and mental distress during global pandemics and lock down restrictions
  • the impact of lock down on mental health, including depression, anxiety and stress as well as less commonly diagnosed conditions like bipolar affective disorder and psychosis
  • stress: the physiological and psychological components of stress and how these affect well-being and performance
  • the barriers to talking about mental health at work and how individuals and teams can take steps to overcome them
  • the Equality Act 2010 and reasonable adjustments
  • cognitive-behavioural approaches and the connections between stress and decision-making
  • reflections on interpersonal topics like ‘why is it difficult to say ‘no’?’
  • proactively managing workload
  • establishing and asserting your own workplace boundaries
  • internal and external resources and support available, including the EAP, Mindfulness, relevant apps and helplines
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