What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, more unashamed conversation.” ~ Glenn Close


We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, but often we don’t talk about it, or consider what can impact on it, until we face mental health problems either in ourselves, our friends and families, or the people we work with (clients, colleagues).

Yet being able to talk openly and confidently about mental health is often the first step we need to take to address these problems when they do arise.

In these interactive products we will explore what mental health is; how it links to resilience; explore how mental health problems show up in the workplace; consider the factors that can impact on our mental health (both positively and negatively) and, develop skills to have proactive conversations to address it in the workplace.


We use the same D&I journey (see above) to support mental health in the workplace and have designed two specific products.


Raising Awareness: Mental Health from Taboo to Metoo workshop

In this interactive workshop we will explore what mental health is and how to look after it; and develop the ability to recognise signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace. Attendees will leave with practical tips, techniques and strategies to take action and confidently speak to someone affected and an appreciation of internal and external resources to assist in signposting people to further support.


Removing Barriers: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace Training

People with amazing skills and experience; who once had great passion and motivation; either they walk away in order to survive or stay but ‘mentally retire’ in post. Work-related stress and mental ill health is now the leading cause of sickness absence costing UK businesses an estimated £8bn in sickness absence and £21.5bn in reduced productivity per year plus another £8bn due to staff turnover as a consequence of mental ill health.  By far the biggest costs come from ‘presenteeism’ – turning up for work when you are ill and / or underperforming because of stress, long hours, excessive workloads, lack of control and poor working relations.

Leaders play a crucial role in the identification and management of stress and mental health issues in your business. Line managers are likely to see the problems causing the stress first hand, will be in the best position to notice changes in staff behaviours that may indicate a problem, and will often be the first point of contact for an individual in distress. Therefore enabling your managers to have open, supportive conversations is the key to managing mental health effectively. Yet many managers feel unprepared and inexperienced to address mental health openly and ill-equipped to explore what could help both at work and at home. Only 24% of managers have received training on workplace mental health and only 1 in 5 managers receive any support when dealing with an employee’s mental health issue.

Research shows that investing in such a mental health training programme leads to a significant reduction in work-related sickness absence, with an associated ROI of £10 for each pound spent. Plus it makes good business sense to know how to effectively support the mental wellbeing of your entire workforce, not just those with a diagnosed mental health condition.  

The Managing Mental Health in the Workplace Training will cover:

  • The prevalence and costs of mental health issues and why we need to take action
  • Impact of stress on performance and how it links to mental health issues
  • Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and related disorders in the workplace
  • How these conditions are diagnosed and available treatment options
  • Factors that impact on our mental health and how we can protect it
  • Practical tools and techniques to develop resilience
  • Link between mental ill health and workplace factors: how to address these
  • Overview of legislation on managing mental health in the workplace
  • Action you can take – practical skills to approach someone affected
  • Managing ongoing mental health issues: best practice to support recovery at work.

with 1:1 coaching for all line managers to de-brief line manager competency for managing stress and mental health at an individual level and set objectives to support ongoing development and further embed learning.  

For more information on any of these services please contact roxanne@thehobbsconsultancy.com

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