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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – Online training support

by | May 9, 2022 | Health and Wellbeing

With the Mental Health Foundation focusing on ‘loneliness’ as the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, RealSense are encouraging everyone to pick up the conversation about mental health issues and the aspects of our lives that influence our mental health and wellbeing.

To support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, RealSense are offering 50% off* any or all three of their mental health courses. Please see our Discount Coupon Code information below.

Mental health problems are increasingly common in the workplace, with at least 25% of staff experiencing issues with their mental health, including anxiety and depression.

Mind, the mental health charity that provides information, education and support for people experiencing mental health problems explains how mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. It is likely in many cases that individuals will experience a complicated combination of factors – although people may be more deeply affected by certain factors than others. A period of poor mental health could potentially occur as a result of a number of factors, this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • loneliness and isolation
  • abuse, trauma, or neglect during childhood
  • bereavement or loss of someone close
  • being a long-term carer for someone
  • severe or long-term stress
  • experiencing discrimination and stigma, including racism
  • social disadvantage, poverty or debt
  • unemployment or losing your job
  • long-term illness or physical health condition
  • poor housing or homelessness
  • substance abuse and misuse of drug and alcohol
  • domestic violence, bullying or other forms of abuse
  • significant trauma
  • physical causes such as injury or neurological conditions such as epilepsy or multiple sclerosis can have an impact on your behaviour and mood.

In recent weeks, some of these factors have been emphasised even more by the impact and unpredictability of war and its threat to life, the outlook of the global economy having financial impact on individuals and families as the price of energy and the cost of living increases, and lets not forget the long term effects that have occurred resulting from a global pandemic which has led to the loss of loved ones, health anxiety, fear, social impact and other behaviroual changes .

It is very possible that some of these mental health issues will continue for many months and possibly even years.

It is important to help reduce the stigma that people feel regarding mental health and create an environment where we all feel comfortable and confident to openly talk about any problems that we may be experiencing.

Why not use this Mental Health Awareness Week to talk to your team and colleagues about how they are feeling?

Mental health statistics

At the end of February 2022:

  • 1.58 million people were in contact with mental health services with the majority of these (1,054,003) in contact with adult services.
  • 374,646 people were in contact with children and young people’s mental health services
  • 196,008 people were in contact with learning disabilities and autism services
  • 21,242 people were subject to the Mental Health Act, including 16,110 people detained in hospital

During February, 367,594 new referrals were received, and 1.90 million care contacts were attended.

National statistics published in late 2021 showed the number of people detained under the Mental Health Act for treatment over the year had increased by 4.5 per cent.

In 2019, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) “Globally, an estimated 264 million people were suffering from depression, one of the leading causes of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety”.

Mental health awareness training

Mental health support in the workplace

Most people will spend most of their day in a place of work. As a result, employers should continuously strive to provide a supportive and healthy workplace, promoting work/life balance and importantly ensuring employees know who and how to ask for help when they need it.

Reasonable adjustments should be made to manage and reduce stress in the workplace and particularly when employees might need more support than previously in the current challenging times.

Mental health first aid is the help you give to someone developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. You can give this first aid until the person has received appropriate professional treatment or the crisis is resolved. There are an increasing number of workers filling the roles of mental health first aiders and mental health champions within organisations, as employers continue to support their workforces in becoming more knowledgeable and better equipped to talk with employees about their mental health in the workplace.

Mental health awareness training and mental health first aid training are becoming increasingly popular as organisations seek to take positive steps towards supporting mental health in the workplace.

Mental health awareness training

Why is mental health awareness training so important?

A recent World Health Organisation (WHO)-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.

The study led by the World Health Organisation explains “Unemployment is a well-recognized risk factor for mental health problems, while returning to, or getting work is protective. However, a negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism, and lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains”.

The World Health Organisation stresses the importance of employers working towards protecting mental health by reducing work-related stress factors. Coupled with this, it is important to promote mental health by developing positive approaches at work, supporting employees and helping them to address mental health problems regardless of their cause. Mental Health Awareness training can help and support organisations towards achieving all of these goals.

This Mental Health Awareness week, why not make it a workplace priority to protect, promote and address mental health?

All staff can benefit from Mental Health Awareness training. It can provide valuable information to help people understand the nature of mental health, provide reassurance that they are not alone and equip them with the tools to identify what they are experiencing and articulate how they are feeling.

Managers and supervisors can also benefit from training that will help them to understand how to talk about mental health in order to assist and support staff as a part of their ‘duty of care’ under the Health and Safety Act.

Learning how to spot the signs of mental illness, stay mentally healthy and support others can be invaluable for all employees as a part of their health and wellbeing training.

10 Top tips for better mental health

Here are some hints and tips to support your mental health.

  1. Talk about how you are feeling
  2. Keep physically active
  3. Maintain a healthy diet
  4. Moderate your alcohol consumption
  5. Set manageable goals for work and life
  6. Take a break and switch off (unplug your devices!)
  7. Make time to do things that bring you joy
  8. Stay connected socially
  9. Accept yourself for who you are
  10. Be kind to yourself

Mental Health Awareness – Online Training Support

At Realsense, we are delighted to continue to collaborate with Psychotherapist and Performance Psychologist Andy Flack, from Leadership and Coaching Specialists Zentano in the provision of our Mental Health Awareness and Stress Awareness Training courses for employers and employees.

Within these Health and Wellbeing courses, we offer support, hints and tips in addition to information and advice around mental health and support for employers to manage employee mental health in the workplace.

A recent learner said “Thank you so much for the Mental Health Awareness Course. I finally feel that I now have the right words to be able to explain how I am feeling and get the help I need.

To support Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, RealSense are offering 50% off* any or all three of their mental health courses – Mental Health Awareness Online Training Course, developed in collaboration with our partners Zentano, as well as its video-based courses on Mental Health Awareness (Healthcare) Training and Mental Health Awareness First Aid Training. The offer is valid and available up until the end of May 2022.

If you or your employees could benefit from mental health awareness training then please select our Mental Health Awareness Online Training course (or other mental health courses mentioned), add the quantity of employees you would like to train and use Discount Coupon Code RS-MHW-22 when checking out in order to apply and claim your 50% discount. No other purchase is necessary but please feel free to browse our course library or contact our team if there is anything we can help you with.

*The offer is valid and available up until the end of May 2022.