As a responsible employer you recognise that your organisation needs to understand the impact of poor mental health in the workplace. But maybe you need to convince others in your workplace, and knowing where to start can seem overwhelming. Minds That Work can support you to select appropriate training to upskill your workforce according to the needs of their role.
We know that stress and anxiety, particularly in the workplace, are fast becoming leading global health problems. In the UK the Mental Health Foundation reported that 74 per cent of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. The Centre for Economic and Business Research found that workplace absence was costing the UK economy £18 bn in lost productivity, with a predicted increase to £21 bn in 2020 and £26 bn in 2030. In Australia, the Black Dog Institute reports that mental illness is the leading cause of sickness absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia costing up to A$12 billion lost to Australian businesses each year with 1 in 6 Australian workers experiencing mental ill-health in any year. The average cost for a successful psychological injury claim is now over A$250,000 with similar repercussions in the UK. I’m sure you will agree with us that doesn’t sound good for employers or the working population.
Poor mental health is bad for business. But the good news is companies that improve their workplaces and invest time, resources and money into their employees mental wellness are likely to expect a return of A$2.30/£1.22 for every one dollar or pound invested (Price Waterhouse Cooper, 2014).
But taking care of your staff isn’t just about reducing the cost of staff turnover. With only 58% of employees believing their boss cares about their wellbeing, it’s part of your company’s culture too.
If you are an employer, manager or a front-line worker who understands the need for good mental health and wellbeing at work and who wants to introduce the agenda of mental health into your organisation but not sure how, Minds That Work can help.
WHAT WE DO IN THE UK AND AUSTRALIA
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAMMES
Promoting and managing positive mental health and wellbeing at work is vital for healthy employees and a healthy sustainable business.
At Mindful Community we deliver Mental Health First Aid and the i-act programmes.
i-act workplace mental health and wellbeing training (CPD accredited) : i-act is the UK’s leading evidence-based and accredited mental health and wellbeing programme for understanding and managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This is a preventative model of wellbeing. One day training for employees/front line workers or managers.
Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. We don’t teach people to be therapists, but we do teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
Neuroscientists, psychologists, business leaders, HR and Health and Safety Professionals, to name but a few, are already convinced of the benefits of mindfulness. There is a growing body of evidence from leading scientific research institutes across the globe that prove mindfulness techniques help calm the mind, strengthen emotional intelligence and increase self-awareness – resulting in individuals making wiser choices and enhancing their way of living to become healthier, happier, calmer and more compassionate.
Specialist workplace mindfulness training gives individuals the ability to notice what is happening in the moment without getting swept up by difficult thoughts, emotions or feelings. It gives the ability to respond wisely to stress, reducing unpleasant symptoms.
It is an opportunity to rest the mind from its continuous internal chatter which can be challenging and tiring. Ultimately, it’s about feeling calmer and happier.
Check out this video by Dan Harris who gives an excellent explanation:
Bullyology® provides individuals and companies with the tools and strategies that will enable them to create a thriving respectful workplace free of Bullying and Harassment.
In 2020 Minds That Work are privileged to work in partnership Jessica Hickman founder of Bullyology® to bring this vital training to all managers in the workplace.
Bullyology: Managing Workplace Bullying is a comprehensive course designed to give managers the skills, strategies and information they need to prevent bullying in work environments, understand its causes and effects and efficiently deal with it when it occurs.
This anti-bullying course will provide junior and senior business leaders with the knowledge and strategies they need to become responsible and emotionally intelligent custodians of their organisation’s workplace culture. It reinforces the concept that strong leadership is the foundation upon which all effective anti-bullying solutions are built. There are options to have this training as a full day or combine with the i-act for managers over one or two days.
LUNCH & LEARN AND TASTER WORKSHOPS
Often, if you are starting out and want to gain employee interest and get seniors on board a lunch & learn or short workshop can get the ball rolling. We have a variety of interactive and informative sessions to choose from lasting 60-90 minutes.
General Awareness: this interactive session is a great way to raise awareness across your business and inspire your teams to start those conversations safely. It’s all about reducing stigma and promoting the all-important message of self-care.
Manager’s & Leaders Essentials: this vital session helps raise awareness within senior teams covering workplace mental health, stigma, employee distress and resilience and organisational responsibility.
Discover Workplace Mindfulness: this experiential session covers the basics of workplace mindfulness practice to better cope with stress and enhance wellbeing. It can act as an introduction to the six week course or as a standalone.
If you are experiencing anxiety, low mood or stress at work, Wellness Coaching or Counselling Psychotherapy can help cultivate self-awareness, better understand behaviours and reactions, learn how to cope better under pressure, improve general wellbeing, increase levels of confidence and self-esteem. With coaching or therapy you can learn to free your mind from burden. You live a happier life.
At Minds That Work we have highly qualified and experienced therapists and coaches who can support you through difficult times at work and at home.
CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
The team at Minds That Work frequently talk at events and conferences of all sizes on mental health & wellbeing, mindfulness and resilience.
Up and coming events include:
- Surrey Police Wellbeing Event on 20th January, Guildford
- Surrey HR Forum, Workplace Mental Health – more than just a tick box, on 23rd January, Guildford
- Marcus Evans Corporate Wellbeing: Mental Health & Anti-Bullying, on 16-17th March, Melbourne, Australia
- BOHS (The Charter Society for Worker Health Protection) key note Workplace Mental Health, on 23rd April, Bristol
- Surrey Police Wellbeing Event on 3rd April, Guildford
- BOHS (The Charter Society for Worker Health Protection) on 4th April, Brighton
- Castrol (British Petroleum), Mindfulness Day on 15th May, Pangbourne
- Surrey HR Forum, Guildford on 9th May: Mental Health – more than just a tick box
- Welsh Universities Conference, Gregynog, Wales on 13th July: Mental Health and Wellbeing (i-act)
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