The Mental Health at Work 2018 Report from The Princes’ Responsible Business Network published at Mad World states 61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor. The report stipulates now is the time for employers to do everything they can to support the mental health of their employees and that good employee mental health is crucial to running a successful, sustainable organisation.
Prevention and early intervention is vital to this success and sustainability, not a reactionary response. Giving employees the opportunity to develop resilience, higher levels of emotional intelligence, self-awareness and a tool box of coping strategies before poor mental health occurs is fundamental. Specialist workplace mindfulness training and the i-act programme are highly recommended for this purposes.
In recent years researchers have turned their attention to the impact of mindfulness on the working population. For the individual employee, negative thinking affects their ability to enjoy life. By being consciously aware of their thoughts, the employee can take control of their emotions and actions and positively change their environment. Benefits include:
- Improved cognitive flexibility
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increased ability to manage difficult situations including change
- Improved teamwork and communication skills
- Greater innovation and creativity
- Increased levels of safety
- Improved emotional regulation and discernment
- Reduced feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed
- Decreased levels of absenteeism caused by work-related stress
- Reduced levels of anxiety and low mood
- Ability to make wise choices
- Increased resilience with lower levels of burnout
- Improved sleep quality
- Overall improvement to general wellbeing
Start with a taster session and progress on to the six-week training programme aimed to develop mindfulness skills. Employees attend a one-hour training session each week on their premises learning new techniques to improve general wellbeing and resilience, which they then practise each day and apply to their work.
Who it’s for:
This mindfulness training is tailored to your workplace and meets the needs of leaders, managers and employees (A specific course for leadership is available).
Where it takes place:
It’s designed to be taught in a standard meeting room, without the need for additional equipment or unusual room layouts and was designed by specialists in corporate learning design.
Please get in touch to find out more on the programmes and how workplace mindfulness can benefit your organisation.
i-act MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING
i-act is the UK’s leading evidence-based and CPD accredited mental health and wellbeing programme for understanding and managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
For Managers and Leaders
Managing and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
- The i-act course for managers is aimed at supporting managers to improve workplace wellbeing and support employees who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue in the workplace
- The i-act course comes with a 168-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each manager
- The i-act manual includes over 50 tools to support managers and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to. The evidence-based i-act course and manual cites over 225 pieces of reputable references, researched by leading academics in the field working at Doctorate level
- The i-act course highlights what managers need to know regarding managing mental health in the workplace (for example regarding legislation and The Health and Safety Executive)
For Employees/Front-line Workers
Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
- This i-act training is aimed at supporting employees to improve their workplace wellbeing, and support others who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue
- The i-act course comes with a 156-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack (pictured left) for each participant
- The i-act manual includes over 45 tools to support employees and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to
- The evidence-based i-act course and manual cites over 200 pieces of reputable references, researched by leading academics in the field working at Doctorate level
- The i-act course highlights how we can all improve our wellbeing to help build resilience
Please get in touch to find out more on the programmes and how the i-act training can benefit your organisation.
I: improve wellbeing, A: advocate and access help and support, C: connect and communicate, T: take tools and advice
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. The training does not teach people to be therapists, but it teaches people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
The vision of MHFA is “to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, by developing the skills we need to look after our own and others’ wellbeing. We want to empower people through education to care for themselves and others”
Mental Health First Aid Courses:
- Adult two day
- Adult one day champions
- Adult half day awareness
- Adult refresher
- Higher Education two day
- Youth two day
Please get in touch to find out more on the programme and how MHFA can benefit your organisation.
“In years to come we’ll be talking about mindfulness as we talk about exercise now” Sally Boyle, HR Director at Goldman Sachs, Mindful Nation 2015
Having been a CEO for a mental health charity and a team leader at a financial consultancy in the City of London for a total of 11 years I can personally vouch for the benefits regular mindfulness bought to my daily working life. Being at “the top” doesn’t have to be a stressful place. Improved emotional regulation and discernment can reduce feelings of being overwhelmed in pressurised environments.
A wide range of major UK organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors have introduced mindfulness projects within the past few years including a number of NHS trusts, the Department of Health, civil service departments, corporate banks, global product and media companies.
INCORPORATE MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR APPROACH
Who it’s for:
This course is tailored to senior managers and leaders.
What it is:
Mindfulness for Managers and Leaders provides an understanding of the key psychological principles of mindfulness and the tools to embed it into your leadership style. Proven to reduce stress and improve focus and concentration, mindfulness also helps you develop self-awareness and allows you to be attentive to colleagues.
Where it takes place:
Group or 1-2-1 coaching over 6 or 4 weeks can be delivered at your premises at a time to suit you. Follow-ups are an ideal way to overcome any stumbling blocks and re-establish your intention to become a Mindful Leader.
“This course has completely changed my working approach. I have more energy, feel less stressed, and have improved my focus and performance”
FIND OUT MORE
With poor mental health costing the UK economy £18 billion per year and predicted to increase to £21 billion in 2020 now is the time to act. It cost £8 billion to replace staff who left for mental health reasons in 2016 with 3 out of 5 employees suffering mental health issues due to work.
To find out how to avoid these costs within your organisation, get in touch for a comprehensive business case and proposal. Taster sessions and courses tailored for your business needs are available.
WHAT MY CLIENT'S ARE SAYING
I thought I knew what mindfulness was but not after the session...it was very inspiring...I now know what it means to notice my thoughts rather than react to them
Thank you very much for yesterday, it was outstanding and I can reassure you that many people share the same view and we definitely sparkled some passion. We are so happy that you were our chosen host for the Taster session!
I can only echo what has already been said. Thank you very much for such an inspiring session!
Victoria is an excellent teacher with a lot of knowledge on mindfulness and best practice; whether you’re new or looking to learn more about mindfulness this course provides an excellent foundation upon which to base your practice
Thank you for the workshop, the practices were great, it has inspired me to know more
The course enabled me to develop some techniques which I am already able to use in order to give myself time before reacting adversely to situations. So it has made me aware of my previous auto pilot and that means that I have been able to stop it happening at times and as a consequence it limits the stress
This course has completely changed my working approach. I have more energy, feel less stressed, and have improved my focus and performance
Having practiced meditation as a part of my regular yoga practice I was not a stranger to a lot of the concepts within this course , however learning about the practical application of them and the theory behind it ingrained/heightened the role that meditation plays in my life
I thought it was a very good course because it combined theory with practise and I liked that, even in 1 hour we had time to do a practise each week.
Victoria made the training interactive whilst fully informing myself and my employees on the importance of mental health and wellbeing. We covered a variety of topics ranging from signposting employees to further services and going into detail on the various issues which may affect an individual's mental health and wellbeing. It has personally helped me as I now know how to spot signs of well-being within employees and feel confident that I can support them . This training has also highlighted the importance of this topic and will encourage the organisation to put employees wellbeing at the forefront of their people strategy
I feel like I’ve just been born! I now need to train my “baby-mind” from sticking its fingers in the live sockets of habitual thinking. I’ve woken up to my autopilot
I thought I knew what mindfulness was but not after the session…it was very inspiring… I now know what it means to notice my thoughts rather than react to them.
SOME OF MY CLIENTS
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