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Poor mental health is among the top reasons for staff absence in the UK. According to the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), it costs businesses in the region of £24 billion a year—an astonishing sum of money.
It’s vitally important that you as an employer know what to do. How to help when people working for you are having mental health difficulties. And it’s equally important that anyone in a position of responsibility does, too.
Providing good mental health training for managers, then, is a good way to reduce issues and promote better wellbeing.
It’s a way of making your managers—and yourself—aware of mental health issues in the workplace. What they are, how they work, and what you can do to lessen their impact.
By providing mental health awareness training for managers, you show a commitment to a better work-home life for everyone. And as a convenient bonus, you bring a lot of positive things to your business.
There are many tangible benefits to providing good mental health training for line managers:
Different providers have different methods of training, and no two courses are the same. But the best courses all have a common thread, and usually cover the same ground, including:
These practical skills are invaluable, meaning managers can spot and address issues much more quickly. Early intervention and support are incredibly useful tools in regards to workplace mental health.
Again, this depends on the provider. Sessions last from a half-day right the way through to two days.
MHFA England, for instance, offers shorter ‘taster’ courses as well as full two-day courses which qualify the attendee as a mental health first aider—something every office should have.
MHFA, however, only offer their courses at their own specified locations—if you’re after mental health manager training on your own premises, it’s a good idea to shop around.
Health Assured offers a wide variety of on-site training for managers, owners and employees—including on spotting mental health issues, helping build resilience and supporting those who need it most.
We tailor our courses to your organisation and can deliver them at a time and place of your choosing.
If you’re looking to refresh your management mental health training—or even looking for a place to begin—get in touch with us today on 0844 892 2493.
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