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by Luke Hayes on 10th June 2021

To compliment its award winning portfolio of Health and Safety training courses, First Intervention Team, based in Essex, are proud to announce the introduction of their new course, ‘Mental Health Training in the Workplace’.

Well Being Promotes Productivity

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. Statistics recently released by the Health and Safety Executive show 15.4 million working days were lost in the UK last year due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety.

First Intervention now offer Levels 1, 2 and 3 for Mental Health Training in the Workplace, this is an awareness course aimed at helping employees and managers identify symptoms early and provide the correct level of intervention and care.

So how do I spot Workplace Stress?

In a recent article by our friends at Health & Safety Matters magazine, they expose the need for further training, especially managers who feel under-supported in identifying the symptoms;

LINE MANAGERS are not being given enough support and training to protect the mental health and wellbeing of staff at work, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Management Today have revealed.

They found 62% of line managers are not receiving enough help from their organisation to support the mental wellbeing of their staff. Only 31% of respondents said they feel they have been sufficiently trained to recognise the signs of poor mental health in their direct reports.

Organisations can take a better preventative approach to building and maintaining positive, supportive workplace cultures – early action can make a vast difference in helping avert any issues or nip them in the bud before they escalate.

IOSH and Management Today conducted a survey of more than 400 employees from a variety of businesses across the UK to get a clearer picture of what is being done in the workplace to support those with mental health problems.

The survey results indicate businesses are not being proactive enough when it comes to tackling poor mental health in the workplace.

The survey also found that most workers in the UK are reluctant to discuss their mental health with their line managers, with a staggering 80% fearing stigmatisation and being seen as incapable in their role.
A further 30% expressed concern it would lead to them being treated differently and receiving special treatment, with one participant commenting: “I have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression but never admitted to it at work for fear of being stigmatised.”

Head of advice and practice at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Duncan Spencer said, “Line managers are vital in creating workplaces that are positive for people’s mental health and wellbeing. We know work is only one factor in someone’s mental health but working for an organisation that’s serious about creating a work culture that doesn’t cause issues such as stress and anxiety can make such a difference.

“What the survey findings tell us is that there’s still much to be done in convincing businesses they need a ‘prevention first’ approach to managing mental health and wellbeing. The good news is that there’s affordable advice and training out there to help them do so.”

IOSH has produced a white paper informed by the survey findings to provide guidance on the role of line managers in promoting positive mental health.

Other key findings from the survey include:
• More than half of organisations (57%) said their organisation offers no mental health and wellbeing training and/or support for managerial staff

• Those that do have training and support in place within their organisation reported in most cases it is optional (79%) rather than mandatory (22%)

Read the full article here

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