The true costs of mental ill-health in the workplace
- One in six British workers are affected by mental health problems like anxiety, depression and stress every year.
- Around 15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition.
- Productivity for people with these conditions compares poorly to those with none.
- The recent “Thriving at Work report” commissioned by the government states that 70 million days are lost from work each year because of mental ill health, making it the leading cause of sickness absence.
- 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs every year.
- The cost of poor mental health to the economy is between £74 billion and £99 billion per year.
These factors impact heavily on performance and in competitive markets, may place companies/services at a significant disadvantage. Staff wellbeing is really important.
There is much stigma about mental health in many workplaces. Employees are reluctant to raise the subject for fear of discrimination, while managers often avoid raising the subject with staff for fear of making matters worse or provoking legal consequences. This culture of silence means that opportunities to support someone in the workplace are being missed. In some cases this may lead to staff sickness or experienced, quality staff falling out of the workplace altogether.
Do you want to ensure your workplace is mentally healthy?
There is increasing evidence to show that creating an open culture about mental health and wellbeing of staff makes business sense and increases productivity. A supportive culture around mental health, where people can ask for help where they need it without fear of ridicule or fear of redundancy can reduce sickness absence rates and reduce the problem of Presenteeism.
What courses would benefit your business?
Our experience has shown that there are 3 courses in particular that will enable you to create and sustain a mentally healthy workplace.
1. For managers or anyone with supervisory responsibility– Managing Mental Health in the Workplace (Half day or full day training course)
These courses cover:
- Changes in mental health – what this looks and feels like
- Stress – myths, signs at work, at a personal level
- Causes of mental illness
- Who is at risk?
- Common forms of mental illness
- Thrive at Work Six core standards
- Mind’s approach to wellbeing
- How to support staff living with mental health problems
2. For all staff – Mental Health Awareness (Half day or full day training courses)
These courses cover:
- Mental health
- Anxiety Disorders
- Causes of mental illness
- Forms of treatment
- Side effects of medication
- Good practice in working with people with mental health conditions.
- Supporting someone who may be suicidal
3. For all staff– Building Resilience Seminar
Time: 1.5 hours (Can be extended to 2 hours)
This seminar is suitable for staff at all levels of a service or a company. It will help participants reflect on:
- The nature of resilience?
- How stress impacts on resilience
- The traits of people who lack resilience
- The traits of emotionally resilient people
- The five steps to Mental Wellbeing.
- Devising a personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan
4. For anyone who might wish to become a Mental Health Champion or a Wellbeing lead – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (2 days)
In the same way that companies/services are required to have First Aiders. We believe that EVERY organisation that employs staff should also have designated Mental Health First Aiders. This course will teach participants how to:
- Preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
- Provide initial comfort to someone experiencing mental distress
- Guide a person towards professional help
- Promote the recovery of good mental health
- Reduce stigma and discrimination through education.
How do you access Plymouth & District Mind training?
Whether you have an individual employee or a team of staff who require training – our training packages are designed to meet all needs:
- Individual Delegate Bookings: Choose this option to attend any of the courses at our training venue in Plymouth. We will post details of any upcoming courses here.
- Bespoke Training: We can bring any of the courses to you for a fixed all-inclusive fee. We can ensure that this training is bespoke to the needs of you and your colleagues at a venue of your choice.
How much do the training courses costs?
1. Bespoke in-house training for organisations from £600 per day for up to 20 attendees (16 for MHFA). This includes everything – the trainer, the trainer’s travel expenses, all resources (manuals & handouts), and certificates.
2. Individual delegate booking rates for anyone attending our timetabled training courses at our training venue in Plymouth: Half day From £57 per person; Full day From £87 per person; Two days From £157 per person.
*Reductions are available for voluntary and community sector organisations
We also offer a specialist in-house service for employers looking to support staff who are absent from work, or finding work difficult because of a mental health problem.
Corporate partnerships play a huge role in supporting the work we do, from volunteering, sponsorship, and charity of the year appeals. If you would like to partner with us, we would love to hear from you.