Mentally Healthy Workplace (MHW) Training

Last reviewed on 18/02/2015 09:08


Employee experience can be positively enhanced by offering training and support to all levels of staff within a business, taking care to ensure equity of access across the workplace. This page provides information on a range of training options, some administered directly by Healthy Working Lives, others recommended by us.

One worker in six in the UK will be experiencing depression or anxiety right now. From research commissioned by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the estimated cost of sickness absence due to mental health problems for Scotland's employers is £360 million a year - it makes good business sense to promote positive mental health in the workplace.

'Mentally Healthy Workplaces' eLearning course - for employees

Everyone has a role to play in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This online course aims to increase awareness of mental health at work. The course is for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health, whether it is how to look after your own mental health, or advice on supporting a colleague.

It takes about one hour to complete and can help your organisation in working towards their Healthy Working Lives Award. To complete the course you'll need to register on Health Scotland's Virtual Learning Environment, this will only take a few minutes.

'Mentally Health Workplace' training - for managers

Line managers have a crucial role in supporting the health and wellbeing of employees. From communication, to clarity of job role, managers can influence the success of a team. This training includes good practice in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, as well as offering practical examples of how to support employees experiencing mental health problems.

Courses are delivered across Scotland by local Healthy Working Lives teams.

'Mentally Healthy Workplace' training - in-house training for managers

If your organisation has over 50 managers, there's always the option to deliver the course in-house. Your organisation will be able to have the training tailored to their needs and be part of the organisation's workforce development.

Your organisation will be offered a 'train the trainer' session so that you can deliver the course as part of your internal training programme for managers. The course can be offered as a one day face-to-face course or a blended learning package (online and face-to-face). For more information on this option contact your local Healthy Working Lives team or the Adviceline on 0800 019 2211.

Find out how Glasgow Caledonian University implemented the in-house training.

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

Scotland's mental health first aid is a 12-hour course which teaches people how to recognise and support a person with a mental health problem, or someone who is in distress. Like the more familiar first aid courses provided in workplaces, mental health first aid is given to provide comfort, and preserve life until appropriate help arrives or the crisis resolves.

→ To find out more, visit Scotland's Mental Health First Aid website (external site).


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