Mental Health Awareness: Training in the Workplace

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Mental Health Awareness: Training in the Workplace

May 18th – 24th 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. Research from mental health charity, Mind, found that around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, one in six report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. Those numbers are probably on the rise at the moment, with new anxieties and issues experienced in lock down.
Mental health should always be at the top of everyone’s agenda and definitely needs to be addressed head on in the workplace. Awareness, knowledge and knowing how and when to help are all vital when looking after your staff and providing a safe place for them to work. Communicating with your employees and letting them know the ways in which you can support them are great starting points.
Incorporating mental health awareness training into your usual Health & Safety training is easy to implement. We have partnered with iHASCO, providers of high-quality Health & Safety and HR Compliance eLearning, to make mental health awareness training as straightforward as possible. Their statistics show that poor mental health is responsible for almost 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK. Their tailored and specific eLearning courses can be rolled out to staff across all industries.
You can access a general course to suit everyone, which aims to reduce the stigma around mental health and encourage people to ask or help. There are also sector specific training courses aimed at the construction industry, carers and nurses and those working in education. There are also courses aimed at managers, looking at ways to increase staff motivation and productivity, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. Take a look at the full range of mental health eLearning courses iHASCO offers.
Maltby Pro can incorporate any of these training courses with your usual Health & Safety training. If mental health awareness isn’t already part of your programme, now is the perfect time to include it – any staff you have on furlough may need extra support when returning or while they’re on furlough, especially if you’ve extended the period. All the courses we offer can be done online, so are equally good for those self-isolating, on furlough, or working from home.
Undoubtedly, the more we talk about mental health and the more it’s normalised in the workplace, the bigger the step we can take to start reducing its impact. For help, advice and support with mental health issues, take a look at Mind’s website or the Mental Health Foundation.
Health & Safety in the workplace is a legal requirement and something you should already be implementing. Maltby Pro make it as easy as possible by offering eLearning courses with brilliant providers such as iHASCO. We can offer many services to take the pressure off you and make sure your workforce is fully trained in all aspects of Health & Safety. Start making inroads in reducing mental health in the workplace and beyond. Call us today to talk about your needs or drop us an email to see how we can help and assist you. Let us take care of your training so you can take care of your employees.