We help employers create cultures in which mental health and wellbeing is part of the conversation. We enable people to be aware, and to take notice, of their own wellbeing, and that of others; to know what to look out for, to know what to do if there are concerns, and to have conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
We engage people with straight forward, memorable ideas that are relevant to them in their day to day working life. Our training sessions are practical and challenging. Our facilitation team are passionate, inspiring and “comfortable with the uncomfortable”.
• ‘Unpacking mental health’ – shorter sessions for all staff focused on building knowledge and raising awareness;
• ‘Managing mental health’ – longer sessions for leaders, managers and others, that build on Unpacking, and equip them to have conversations with their people about mental health and develop their skills in this area;
• ‘Mental Health First Aid’ – structured two day course, licensed by Mental Health First Aid for England, to train specialised workplace mental
health first aiders;
• ‘A focus on stress’ – shorter sessions for all staff exploring what we mean by stress, our reactions to it and ways to deal with it;
• ‘Building resilience’ – longer sessions using psychometric tests to help participants better understand their own response to stress triggers and to enhance their resilience.
This site covers our mental health related work. For details of out other work please click here.
Unpacking mental health
These sessions are aimed at all staff and are the essential foundation for other work. Content will always be tailored for our audience, but the main objectives are to:
• enable participants to understand that mental health and wellbeing is relevant to us all and fundamental to how we all perform at work;
• empower and enable participants to understand and notice how they are, and how others may appear;
• provide language, dispel myths and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness;
• provide ways to promote positive wellbeing and avoid unhelpful thinking;
• enable participants to recognise the warning signs of deteriorating mental health; and
• signpost participants to appropriate help, internally and externally.
Mental Health First Aid
Licensed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid for England, the course trains and equips people to act as mental health first aiders in the same way as we are used to having physical first aiders. The course equips delegates to have the knowledge and confidence to approach issues in the workplace and elsewhere, understand what may be happening, assess the situation, provide reassurance, listen non-judgmentally and help the person towards self and/or professional help. Importantly, it also offers participants the space and opportunity to reflect on and discuss their own experience and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in a safe and supportive environment.
Managing mental health
These sessions build on the foundations of Unpacking and assume participants have experienced that session. They are tailored to the organisation, the audience and the time available. They are aimed primarily at leaders, managers and others who need to be able to have effective and respectful conversations around mental health and wellbeing. The objectives are to:
• reinforce learning from Unpacking and consider its practical application with respect to participants’ responsibility for, and relationships with, other people;
• challenge assumptions and prejudices around mental illness;
• improve communication skills and provide the confidence and competence to have conversations with people about mental health issues;
• enable participants to understand and balance competing workplace demands and responsibilities in the real life situations they will face;
• develop and practice key skills around appropriate listening and questioning.
A focus on stress
As an alternative to the broader content of Unpacking, these sessions for all staff focus on the issues of stress, pressure and anxiety. They have the same overall objectives as Unpacking but with that narrower focus.
Building capacity and resourcefulness
These sessions use a respected psychometric tool, MTQ48, to measure four key components of capacity and resourcefulness (sometimes called resilience), control, commitment, challenge and confidence. Participants are guided through what these mean, how they rate on the measures, the implications for this and how they might develop the components. This can then build into ongoing one to one coaching for those interested.
Alongside our training work we provide a range of advice and support to businesses:
• to help develop mental health and wellbeing strategies which may include initial temperature checks and audits of how organisations are, the areas of concern and the resources they have in place, through to the development and implementation of a strategy;
• to help manage the complex issues that can arise around mental illness in the workplace. This might include managing absence and return to work, making adjustments, communicating with the wider team, with the employee concerned, their medical team and family as well as occupational health and others.
Our advice is informed by our years of experience as City employment lawyers, our understanding of mental health and illness and our commitment to kinder, fairer, more productive workplaces.
We also work one to one with individuals who require support of a variety of different forms. This can include confidential conversations, coaching and conflict resolution as well as access to more therapeutic interventions through our network of contacts in the field.