One day ‘Managing mental health at work’ course

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

  • increased awareness about mental health problems and the challenges that they can present in the workplace
  • understood legal and organisational frameworks and their duties and limitations as line managers
  • greater confidence in line managing people who are experiencing mental distress, including when there are performance issues
  • understood the importance of proactively looking after their own mental well-being at work, and how to role model and support those that they manage

Course outline

  • what we mean by mental health and mental distress
  • types of mental health problems, including common experiences like depression, anxiety and stress as well as less common experiences like bipolar affective disorder, personality disorder and psychotic conditions
  • Mind’s three-pronged approach to tackling mental health at work
  • the legal duties that the Equality Act 2010 places on organisations
  • ways in which mental distress may become manifest at work
  • stress – what it is, how we can talk about it and strategies to reduce its negative impact
  • identifying and overcoming barriers to talking about mental health at work
  • enabling clear channels of communication: active listening and reflecting back
  • how to manage performance issues when someone has an known disability
  • guidelines for managing difficult conversations
  • how to look after your own mental well-being at work
  • up-to-date information, support and resources available to people experiencing mental distress
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