Mental Health in the Workplace in Barnsley
Workplace Stress Costing Employers Billions
"Britain's bosses are unaware of the scale of mental ill health in their workplaces or the enormous financial toll they can take" Faculty of Public Health (FPH).
- Mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression caused or made worse by work are by far the BIGGEST cause of sickness absence.
- Costing employers an estimated £14.3bn in sickness pay and lost productivity, not to mention a further £12bn in public service spending and carers' time.
- Public Heath figure reached £100bn (2016)
- 45% of employers believe that none of their staff has any mental ill health issues at all.
- 80% of directors admit their company has no policy to deal with stress and mental ill health in the workplace.
- 37% of employers said they would consider employing someone who had a mental health problem
The competitive long hours culture in Britain's workplaces is taking its toll. 1 in 6 workers rating their job as ‘very' or ‘extremely' stressful.
THE EFFECTS OF HAVING A MENTAL-ILLNESS
Work-related mental ill health not only has a devastating effect on families and personal relationships, but is also inextricably linked with physical wellbeing. And this can often be just the start of a person's problems, with those returning to work after mental health-related sickness absence very often stigmatised and discriminated against.
Employers can do a great deal to protect and improve the mental health of their workforce.
- Employers can identify and reduce organisational causes of stress in their workplace, by consulting and working in partnership with staff and PROFESSIONALLY REGISTERED external therapists.
- Employers must also make sure robust policies are in place to protect staff from bullying and discrimination based on issues like race, sex, disability or sexual orientation and ensure that staff feel able to report incidents when they occur.
- They should also take measures to raise awareness of mental health issues among their workforce as a whole and make sure that managers are properly trained in recognising and addressing them.
By putting some very simple measures in place they can not only ensure a healthier workforce but also save money and boost their productivity. As is so often the case in public health, the people in the best position to make a difference are not necessarily those in the health service, but people in the boardroom, in offices and on the shopfloor who very often may not even realise the enormous contribution they can make.'
'There is so much that can be done in the workplace to reduce stress and to help people cope with the unavoidable pressures of life. This means better health for staff and lower costs for employers and taxpayers - a real win-win for everyone.'
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Mental Health First Aid Workshops
|Duration:||0.5 / 1 / 2 days|
|Participants:||15 max / open courses|
|Suitable for:||All employees|
Our Mental Health First Aid Workshops are ideal for those who are looking to increase their in-house awareness and understanding around mental health and build their confidence to offer valuable first aid to people suffering from mental distress in the workplace. We offer half-day, one-day and two-day courses to suit all requirements and budgets.
Employee Mental Health First Aid
- Increased literacy and empathy in relation to mental health and wellbeing
- Ability to identify the key signs of the onset of mental ill health and know how to address these
- Greater confidence and willingness to help others who might be experiencing mental ill health
- Deliver prompt and timely support, increasing the chances of mental health recovery
- Communicate and share important messages relating to mental health that remove stigma and reduce discrimination
- Provide insight and targeted support to managers and colleagues in HR and occupational health
- Lead awareness and understanding of how to support and improve mental health in the workplace
EMHFA Aware – Half-day course
Our half-day course is an introductory three-hour session to raise awareness of mental health.
It is designed to give you:
- An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
- A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
- An introduction to looking after your own mental health
- Confidence to interact with someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
- Insight into the two-day course and the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider
To book your place for our half-day course, CLICK HERE
EMHFA Champion – One-day course
Our one day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an EMHFA Champion.
EMHFA Champions have:
- An understanding of common mental health issues
- Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
- Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
- Skills to support positive wellbeing
To book your place for our one-day course, CLICK HERE
Employee Mental Health First Aid – Two-day course
Our EMHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider.
Mental Health First Aiders have:
- An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix
To book your place for our two-day course, CLICK HERE