MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AT WORK
Raising Awareness and Empowering Change
The aim of this workshop is to help overcome the stigma around mental health in order to foster a more supportive working environment.
Mental health is becoming more and more topical as research is being carried out and as the media raise awareness. Addressing mental health issues and getting rid of the stigma surrounding it has, therefore, become vital.
Why Training Staff on Mental Health Awareness at Work Is Important
We all can suffer from mental ups and downs, as we deal with the challenges that life throws at us. We can all feel anxious or sad at times.
However, sometimes these feelings do not go away and this is when our mental health suffers. Also, some people suffer from long-term serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Just like we can have diseases that affect the body, we can also suffer from diseases that affect the mind. The problem with mental illness is that it is not always easy to see, it does not appear ‘tangible’ in the same way as a heart condition or a broken leg, for example, might.
The aim of raising awareness of mental issues in the workplace is to make sure that everyone feels supported and included even as they go through a hard time in their lives.
Raising awareness of mental health at work and removing the stigma associated with it is beneficial for business reasons, as well as for ethical reasons.
Staff who have good mental health thrive and, as a result, will be more productive at work if their company are supportive. People who suffer from a mental condition can be productive and happy if they manage their condition successfully and the support they receive at work is key.
A company that does not support their staff’s mental health risks losing a lot of money from sick leave days and from staff turnover. For instance, it is estimated that about 300,000 people every year lose their job because of mental health issues. High staff turnover means losing valuable knowledge and having to retrain new employees.
Providing training, for employees at every level, on mental health awareness is a way to help create a more supportive work environment.
While the mental awareness workshop is not meant to turn everyone into an expert on mental health. Trying to cure mental health conditions is the job of mental health professionals.
It is designed to provide a brief introduction to the topic of mental health. This is to help participants become familiar with the subject and to lift the stigma surrounding it.
OUTLINE AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of the mental awareness workshop is to help participants recognise potential signs of distress in other members of staff. The idea is not for them to become experts in mental health, but to at least be able to spot if someone needs support and to be more sympathetic.
The course stimulates discussions on why it is important to support mental health at work, why we need to address the stigma surrounding it and what organizations can do to support their employees.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
Define mental health
Identify symptoms of mental health problems
Discuss why it is important to support mental health in the workplace
Discuss strategies to support mental health at work.