Coronavirus has presented us all with unprecedented challenges and concerns. At byrne·dean, we have been working tirelessly to ensure we continue to help our clients throughout this crisis.

As a flexible and bespoke business, we have re-designed several of our face to face sessions for engaging virtual delivery, as well as developing brand new sessions for thriving remotely, understanding anxiety, and leading effectively through uncertainty (COVID-19).

At a time where it’s really needed, our plan is to continue to do what we do best: connect and engage with people, improve communication, raise awareness/understanding of mental health and wellbeing, and equip people with the tools they need to perform at their best. Please get in touch with us if you like to find out more.



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;

• ‘Resilience and capacity building programme’ – a menu of several hour-long sessions for all staff on topics including sleep, CBT, nutrition, mindfulness, substance abuse and energy; each designed to improve productivity, engagement and the capacity to withstand stressors; and the option to supplement these group sessions with one-on-one support; and

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.

Resilience and Capacity Building 

These group sessions are designed to boost productivity/engagement and to prevent mental health conditions from developing.  Staff are taught skills and tools which enable them to manage their own mental health and develop their ability to withstand stressors.  There is a choice of 13 sessions (giving the option to choose which are the most relevant for the organisation) on the following topics: sleep, CBT, nutrition, mindfulness, managing workload, unpacking mental health, stress, substance abuse, perfectionism and procrastination, energy, physical health, brain health and emotional intelligence.  There is also the option to supplement the group training with one-on-one sessions delivered by a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist or coach.

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