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Now more than ever, employers need to ensure they promote healthy workplaces where people feel comfortable speaking to someone if they are struggling.   According to the Health and Safety at Work Act, “employers must protect the health, safety and welfare at work of employeeswhich includes mental health.  Convictions and prosecutions over a lack of mental health support have already been seen across Europe.

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What can you do to help?

  • Mental Health Policy - accessible to staff and managers; clearly signpost people to internal and external resources available.
  • Internal resources - inc. mental health first aiders, Occ Health, EAP.
  • Training – ensure leaders/managers to be aware of their responsibilities and equip them to be able to confidently have conversations about wellbeing.
  • Culture of Openness – regularly ask people how they are feeling.
  • Regular breaks - encourage employees to take regular breaks during the day to restore their mental energies.
  • Clear objectives & guidance - when people know what’s expected of them, they can better perform to their full potential and use constructive feedback for future success.
  • Coaching/mentoring - reflecting on progress and sharing insights pays huge dividends.

Anna Golawski from Stratus Coaching Ltd is aiming to raise awareness of mental health and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all and holds regular free webinars looking at various aspects of mental health. A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

 

She also runs the online Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and offers discounted rates to Sussex Chamber of Commerce members.   (please see the events page for course dates, or email Anna at anna@stratuscoaching.co.uk for information on inhouse training.)

 

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(Anna Golawski from Stratus Coaching Ltd)

 

Open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.  We need your help to start the conversation – together we can end mental health stigma.

 

Please register for the webinars and feel free to share with others. 

 

“Many thanks, your webinar was the best one I have attended in a long time.”

 

“It was a great session, so enjoyable, thank you!”

 

“Another excellent presentation.”

 

“Wonderful session once again.  Thank you!”

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