Small charities offered free workplace mental health training

Mind is offering free training to small and medium sized charities to promote good mental wellbeing in the workplace.

The charity’s online training has been designed specifically for small organisations with less than 250 people. It has been made available online via the Mental Health at Work website, which has been developed by Mind along with Heads Together and was launched by the Duke of Cambridge in 2018.

The online training, called Mental Health for Small Workplaces, features three modules on building mental health awareness, tips on looking after yourself and tips on supporting colleagues.

Each takes 20 minutes to complete and the guide also features advice for employers to roll out the training across their organisation.

The Royal Foundation has funded the online training, which has been developed with the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and the Lord Mayors Appeal.

According to a Mind survey almost half of employees (48%) said they had experienced a mental health problem in their job. Of those who described their mental health as poor, 82% said it was work-related.

“For small workplaces employees are the most valuable asset,” said Faye McGuinness, Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes at Mind.

“We are beginning to see employers prioritise the mental health of their staff, but we have some way to go. Not only is looking after staff the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense, resulting in increased productivity, morale and retention.

“From talking to small business owners we know that it can sometimes be difficult to find the time or resources to invest in mental health in the workplace. That’s why we have made it easier, with online training ideal for employees of smaller organisations”

Among organisations to test the online training is North Lancashire and South Cumbria charity CancerCare.

"Mental Health for Small Workplaces is well structured, informative and easy to access and navigate through,” said Cancer Care head of operations Alison Stainthorpe.

“Each topic covered can be completed independently and includes a range of facts, short informative videos, as well as links to valuable resources and support. I especially liked the relaxation topic in the second module and will definitely be trying some of the techniques suggested! This will be a great resource for our staff to access."

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