Designed to provide an understanding for staff and managers how to maintain a healthy mindset alongside the stresses of work.
DURATION | 45 minutes
ONLINE MENTAL WELLBEING AT WORK | Employer’s duties with respect to the health & safety of employees extent to their mental wellbeing.
In his book Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, evolutionary psychiatrist Randolph M. Nesse suggests that for mental wellbeing we need:
- Connections – ie friends, family, co-workers, community, sense of worth etc.
- Hope – in other words an optimism about the future or a general feeling that things will get better.
Without either of these two components our mental wellbeing may deteriorate.
Helpful for staff working in low-risk workplaces. The course is CPD-accredited and lasts approximately 45 minutes. We explore how social connections and hope might be achieved within a work environment. However, it may also be valuable for you to take some time to reflect on these concepts within your life beyond work.
Key lessons are communicated in an engaging, clear and concise way.
At the end of the course there is a 15-question, multiple-choice assessment. Participants must achieve a minimum pass mark to evidence understanding and receive their completion certificate.
This course aims to highlight simple, common sense, practical steps we can all take to improve workplace wellbeing and performance, by developing an understanding of:
- mental wellbeing within a workplace context
- how to take care of your own mental wellbeing at work
- how you can support the mental wellbeing of colleagues
- how managers and staff can work together towards a more mentally healthy workplace for all
UNIT 1 | Understanding mental wellbeing
In this first unit we explore the terminology around mental wellbeing. We also look at factors which can have both a positive and negative impact on your mental wellbeing at work.
UNIT 2 | Taking care of yourself
In this unit, we explore simple, achievable steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.
UNIT 3 | Taking care of others
Having looked at ways you can enhance your own mental wellbeing at work, we now turn to how you might support your colleagues, including those who may be returning to work following absence due to poor mental health.
UNIT 4 | Online Mental Wellbeing Support
The Mental Wellbeing at Work course addresses some key aspects you should be aware of in terms of caring for your own mental wellbeing, as well as supporting the mental wellbeing of others.
There are many online sources available to support you in further developing your knowledge and understanding that are shared in this section
UNIT 5 | QUIZ
15 question multiple choice quiz to reflect on what you’ve learnt. Achieve 80% or more to release the completion certificate.
At the end of the online Mental Wellbeing at Work course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz. If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate. If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.
The Impact of Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace
As the World Health Organization states – there is no health without mental health.
However, with one in three people saying that work causes them the most stress in life, it’s clear that the workplace – its environment and its culture – can have a major impact on our mental wellbeing, and therefore our overall health. At an organisational level, stress and poor mental health costs UK businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion a year through reduced productivity, high staff turnover and sickness absence.
Conversely, workplaces that promote mental wellbeing and support people with mental illness are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.
This online Mental Wellbeing for Work course provides and option to help boost the wellbeing of all employees in a sustainable way.
Wellbeing Support Materials
This Mental Wellbeing at Work addresses key aspects you should be aware of in terms of caring for your own mental wellbeing, as well as supporting the mental wellbeing of others.
There are many other online sources available to support you in further developing your knowledge and understanding.
Some key resources are outlined below.
In addition to general materials, there is a selection targeted at managers, as well as a range of country-specific resources. Click on the links to find out more.
- Mental Health Foundation have a range of How to… guides covering topics such as supporting mental wellbeing at work, stress management, mindfulness, exercise, anxiety and later life can be downloaded at mentalhealth.org.uk
- Mind provide a wealth resources to support mental wellbeing. For a specific focus on mental health at work, visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/
- Fit for Work provide a line of support for employers and employees to help those who are in work with health conditions or off sick in England, Wales or Northern Ireland: fitforwork.org/
- Managing Mental Health in the Workplace is a professional development module Mind have made available to senior managers online: http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/234061/CR00233_Ebook_dualbranded_interactive-1.pdf?t=1463572266614
- The Government’s independent review, Thriving at Work, includes six core and four enhanced standards for how organisations can better support employees’ mental health. Mind have produced a guide on How to implement the Thriving at Work mental health standards in your workplace: mind.org.uk/media/25263166/how-to-implement-the-thriving-at-work-mental-health-standards-final-guide-online.pdf
- Guide for Line Managers is a resource from Mind aimed at helping them support the mental health of team members through a Wellness Action Plan: https://www.mind.org.uk/media/4229239/mind-guide-for-line-managers-wellness-action-plans_final.pdf
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