Looking forward to a transatlantic Skype in January with Mental Health professionals in Washington looking to enhance their offering to the corporate market.
It’s so important to remember in mental health and well being training that ‘one size does not fit all’. Each organisation will have different needs to ensure their workforce are happy, healthy and able to support each other.
What fits the public sector won’t fit the private sector. Then of course there are all the SMEs, charities, non-profit etc.
As we see people as individuals and respect their individual resilience in coping with life/work events, we should see businesses the same way. Their cultures and resources will all be different as well.
A great instructor will always listen to the core needs of the organisation and deliver a course to meet these areas, An essential consideration is to remove the stigma/embarrassment by making each element of the course interactive with case studies, quizs, discussions and a little bit of artwork!
Breaking perceptions. Getting Managers to be people first. Discussing and agreeing potential easy changes the workplace can introduce such as making mental health the subject of team talks, ensuring staff understand confidentiality will be observed in those initial conversations rather than escalation to a full blown HR investigation is key to making the workplace healthier and happier for all at all levels.
For business minds out there – a healthy workplace is a productive one. Remember there is no health without positive mental health.