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This mental awareness training materials package is designed to help raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace. (Course designed by Dr Valeria Symonds).
The aim is to help overcome the stigma around mental health in order to foster a more supportive working environment.
This training package is:
- Fully customizable and editable
- US English & British English compatible
- Downloadable immediately
- Can also be adapted to use for online teaching and training in virtual classrooms.
- and you will own the rights to edit and reuse it for as many of ‘your own courses’ as you wish
Why Should You Teach Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace as a Trainer?
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.
Addressing mental health awareness is becoming more relevant for companies and organizations worldwide, as part of a move towards addressing equality and diversity issues. It also makes good business sense if it can save companies money by reducing their staff turnover and sick leave days.
As a trainer, you can add mental awareness training materials to your portfolio, to go with other topical issues around wellbeing and equality, such as unconscious bias and introduction to mindfulness.
Samples from the Mental Health Awareness Training Course Materials
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Topics That Will Be Covered to Include:
- The mental health continuum
- Myths about mental health
- The relationship between mental wellbeing and diagnosis
- Symptoms of mental distress
- The stigma surrounding mental health
- Strategies to support mental health at work
- Suggestions on who can offer advice about mental health in the workplace
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.
As a result, people who do not suffer may not always understand, and also, unfortunately, mental health conditions are sometimes surrounded by stigma. So, the people who are affected may feel ashamed and not able to talk about their condition.
Mental health conditions are more common than we might think, with about one person in five estimated to suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their life.
For this reason, a large part of the working population will be affected and so it is vital that staff are able not only to look after your own mental health but also to spot when other people might be suffering.
Why It Is Good for Business to Foster Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace
Supporting staff’s mental health is key for the creation of a supportive and motivating work environment. Using mental awareness training materials to train staff on mental health issues can be very beneficial for the overall workplace atmosphere.
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.
These mental awareness training materials are not meant to turn everyone into an expert on mental health. Trying to cure mental health conditions is the job of mental health professionals.
The mental awareness training materials we have designed aim 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.
Just being able to understand the symptoms of mental health conditions and becoming more sympathetic towards those who suffer can be very helpful.
Who Are These Mental Awareness Training Materials Intended for?
This mental awareness training package is designed for anyone who wishes to deliver training on this topic. For example, freelance trainers can offer this course as part of a package on equality and diversity.
In-house trainers and HR departments can also use this training package to help create a more supportive environment in the company they work for.
Who Could Benefit from This Mental Health Awareness Training Package?
People who could benefit from this course on raising mental health awareness in the workplace include:
- Managers, particularly line managers, to better support their team members.
- Staff working in HR departments, to gain a better understanding of how to support staff at all levels within the organization.
- Employees at every level, in order to gain more empathy towards other members of staff who may be going through hard times in terms of their mental health.
- This course though is really suitable for anyone to do.
- This is a short course, that is designed to last about 2 hours.
If you are a freelance trainer, you can run this session on the same day as other short sessions on related topics (focusing on working together and/or equality issues) such as unconscious bias or SMART goals alignment.
- These corporate training materials on mental health awareness are for beginners who are not familiar with the topic.
Outline and Objectives of These Training Materials
The aim of these mental awareness training materials is to help participants recognize 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
This training package provides materials to teach a tutor-led course.
It does though include opportunities for interaction and active learning in the form of activities, discussions, and a question-and-answer (Q&A) teaching strategy.
In addition, it is possible to adapt these materials for teaching through digital online teaching platforms. The PowerPoint slides can be used for teaching online and, as part of the training materials, we provide some guidance with suggestions on how you can adapt the activities for an online session.
American & British English Compatible
Suitable for both American English & British English styles.
- We have avoided any words that can cause confusion between American and British English styles such as soccer/football.
- We have used terms that are common in both and we have used the American style for a few words where a ‘z’ rather than ‘s’ is used i.e. materialize.
✔ 32 PowerPoint slide deck (includes tutor notes on each slide)
✔ 27-page Trainer’s handbook
✔ Participants’ workbook
✔ Course documents (including sign-in sheet, course evaluation sheet, course outline, and one handout for classroom activities)
✔ Course certificate (printable to hand to participants)
✔ A PDF guide with suggestions on how to adapt the activities for teaching the course online, if you ever need to.
This package contains FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE training material.
Documents are delivered using MS Word, PDF (in case you do not have MS Word) and PowerPoint (PPT).
The MS Word and PowerPoint files are fully editable, so you can adapt the material to your specific needs.
GBP £89 (approx. USD$109) for the full trainer’s package, ready to download instantly!
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