Starting the conversation about mental health at work

Available in-house UK-wide

Overcome the taboos around mental health and learn how to build a supportive culture at work that takes mental health seriously.

Adapted to your group's needs and delivered at your offices


About the course

Course overview

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Statistics tell us that stress, anxiety and depression affect one in six workers at any given time, yet only 10% of people say they have spoken to their employers about mental health. This means that many people are suffering in silence, often resulting in the situation getting worse.

Of course this is bad for the individual concerned, but the impact on their productivity and morale is bad for the organisation too. Research suggests that 45% of all working days lost to ill health are related to stress. On average, poor mental health costs around £1,000 per employee per year. So it’s vital that organisations – and managers in particular – create a cultural climate in which emotional wellbeing can be discussed, and where support can be offered.

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A big part of the problem is that for many people, talking about ‘mental health’ can make them feel vulnerable. However, if managers learn to approach the issue using different language and with sensitivity and understanding, colleagues are much more ready to talk.

This short course provides an opportunity to start the conversation in your workplace around mental health. It equips managers with a deeper understanding of the prevalence and experience of mental health problems, and shows them how they are in the perfect position to make a difference to the mental health of those around them. They will leave with a greater awareness of the impact of mental health on their team and with a raft of ideas about how to improve communication and support going forward.


Key details

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By the end of this programme, delegates will learn:

  • To feel comfortable with the language of mental health
  • To gain an understanding of anxiety, depression and stress and recognise the signs and symptoms in colleagues
  • To re-visit their vital role as manager and know the boundaries of their position
  • Tools and strategies that help gain perspective and achieve greater work:life balance
  • To design a mental health charter for your team or organisation.


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1. Starting the conversation about mental health at work

  • Why is it important to talk about mental health at work?
  • The business case for wellbeing – this is not a fluffy subject.
  • What is mental health stigma?
  • A story of depression based on lived experience.
  • Signposting to extra resources for employees and employers.
  • Why talking about energy can help to normalise mental like physical health.

2. Understanding and managing stress – the free release tools for restoring balance

  • What happens in our minds and bodies when we experience stress?
  • The free tools to offset stress and make us mentally more robust.
  • Create your individual strategies for restoring work:life balance.

3. The vital role of the manager and supporting colleagues

  • Recognising signs and symptoms in others.
  • Tools and techniques to help the manager start a conversation about wellbeing and mental health
  • How a little more conversation makes a difference.
  • Supporting staff who don’t want to talk.
  • Back to basics – being human again.
  • Compassion in the workplace.
  • Defining the boundaries of your role.
  • Design a mental health charter for your team or organisation – a pledge to work towards that promotes, supports and improves wellbeing for employees.

4. Reflection

  • Recap of the learning.
  • Develop personal action plans based on the three modules.
  • What will you do differently as a result of this workshop?

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Course leader

Tracy Wilkinson delivers psycho-educational training and facilitates workshops empowering delegates to change behaviours and create greater work:life balance, benefiting the individual and the organisations they work for. Backed by 25 years of marketing communications and training experience in the financial, charity and public sectors, Tracy helps influence cultural change in corporate environments so that working people can be authentic and thrive in even the most demanding roles and situations.

Track record

“A thought-provoking, informative and motivating session.”
Manager, Wellcome Genome Campus

“Really enjoyed it. Was reassuring and challenging. Thanks!”
Corporate and Major Donor Manager, Stonewall Equality

“Great course, amazing venue, felt comfortable to participate… The wellbeing plan and team wellbeing strategies were both very helpful.”
HR professional, Austin Fraser

“Very engaging and useful. I was initially sceptical but am so glad I attended.”
Delegate, EMW Law

“Very useful and interesting. Great opener to work based mental health training.”
HR Business Partner, Canopius


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Additional learning resources

Post-course support

We understand that your professional development doesn’t end when you walk out of the classroom. The time you’ve put in will only make a real impact if your learning is carried into the way you work. That’s why we offer post-course support in implementing your new skills, for as long as required. Your trainer is available to discuss problems, provide advice or offer feedback until you feel confident on your own.

E-learning package

This course also includes access to an ‘e-learning pinboard’, a password protected webpage where your trainer has posted articles, videos, interviews and other useful tools around the topic for you to draw on for inspiration and ideas going forward.

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In-house courses at your offices

If you have any questions or if you would like to speak to one of our trainers about how this course could work for your organisation please get in touch. We can deliver the course at your offices, anywhere in the UK – and beyond.

In most cases we can provide an all-inclusive quote to cover design, delivery and materials with some basic information:

  • Which course you are interested in
  • Where the course would take place
  • How many delegates need to be trained

Just drop us a line with these basic facts and we’ll get back to you with a no-obligation quote on the same day.