This page aims to help you understand the issue of workplace mental health, the business case and outline some of the services we offer to support local employers wanting to take action to improve the mental wellbeing of their employees.
According to the BITC 2018 Annual Report, almost one in three UK employees (31%) will experience a mental health problem, posing a significant personal and business cost.
Each year poor mental health is costing UK employers an estimated £35 billion (Mental Health First Aid England, 2019).
Every UK employer, regardless of size or sector, is affected by mental health problems in their staff.
We believe there are both moral and business reasons to promote better employee mental health and create healthier workplaces. It’s the right thing to do and it makes business sense.
Given the impact and cost mental health problems can have on individual employees and businesses, mental wellbeing should be a business priority for every employer, regardless of size or sector.
As an employer, investing in workplace wellbeing can:
We know better wellbeing means better business and offer a range of cost effective metnal health training and related services for employers in the West Midlands region wanting to improve employee mental health and wellbeing within their organsiations.
We can also develop bespoke services to meet your specific organisational needs.
Creating a culture which is positive about mental health starts with a commitment from your senior managers to increase awareness, change attitudes and challenge the stigma of mental health problems.
That’s why as your local Mind mental health charity, we are here to help employers of all sizes and from all sectors to create mentally-healthier workplaces with information and advice about how to approach mental health at work.
We see our work with you very much as a partnership. In the first instance, we like to meet with you to find out more about your organisation and what you want to achieve. From there we will draw up a proposal based on your requirements.
Are you looking for consultancy, advice, or support for mental health issues in your workplace? We are here to help.
Mental health is something that can be affected by various things such as work placed stress and also personal demands which impact on how the individual is able to carry out their work.
Dudley Mind are able to offer their services as consultants to your organisation or business to help you put in place a mental health strategy and policy to support your workforce resulting in less absenteeism and generating an inclusive and transparency culture. Adapting an Open Day policy can improve morale and demonstrate your commitment to staff wellbeing.
Our experienced staff will meet with you to discuss your specific needs. We will then draw up a plan with a timeframe to work with you to complete the work.
The i-act course for managers is aimed at supporting managers to improve workplace wellbeing and help them to support employees who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue.
The course comes with a 168 page evidence based course manual, tool kit and resource pack for each manager. The manual includes over 50 practical tools to support managers and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to.
The evidence based i-act course manual cites over 225 reputiable references, researched by leading academics in the field.
The course comes with free access to all of the on-line i-act resources.
The i-act course is accredited by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
This three hour employer-focused course has been designed specifically to help line managers better support their member of staffs mental heatlh in the workplace.
Focusing on practice not policies, the course aims to equip line managers to spot the signs and support team members experiencing poor mental health by better understanding mental health problems, improving skills and increasing confidence in having conversations around mental health.
The course is also suitable for Directors, HR, Occupational Health, trade union and other staff representatives who want to increase their knowledge and awareness of mental health in the workplace.
Emergency services staff and volunteers operate in some of the most challenging workplace environments but often receive limited mental health support and face high levels of stigma.
This course is for anyone in the emergency services who has a line manager, team leader or pastoral role. It’s tailored to the unique environments that the emergency services operate in and we can provide a version for ambulance, fire, police or search and rescue services.
Call handlers are increasingly expected to take on higher volumes of calls, against a backdrop of reduced staffing levels and strictly enforced targets. This can contribute to poor mental health and wellbeing, leading to high levels of staff sickness and poor retention.
Based on our research with call handlers and expert stakeholders from across the services, we developed a pilot course tailored specifically for call handlers.
A pilot mental health training course that’s just for new recruits, and tested how well it works. New recruits that took it said they were more aware of how to take care of their mental health. They’d also be more likely to ask for help if they needed it. We are currently working on making this training available to all emergency services staff.
We are able to provide a number of workshops to small, medium and larger groups of people by the means of activities and discussion, providing awareness and information around mental health as well as informing people how to recognise the different signs and symptoms.
As well as the other workshops and training listed on this page, we are also able to create bespoke training to meet your needs. Some of our clients have organisational specific needs and therefore require adjustments to the training we provide to better help with their employees mental wellbeing.
We have previously worked closely with Dudley Council, Higgs and Son’s Solicitors, West midlands Ambulance Service, and a number of other organisations to provide mental health training to best suit their training needs.
We would be pleased to work closely with you and provide you with the best training solution possible. Please get in touch with us using the contact form at the bottom of this page to discuss things further and to arrange a meeting.
Dudley Mind can deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses to organisations based in the Black Country area.
We use fully accredited MHFA trainers who all have many years of experience successfully delivering Mental Health First Aid courses to a wide range of organisations in the Black Country and further afield.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training programme that teaches delegates how to help a person developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem), experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Like traditional first aid, Mental Health First Aid does not teach people to treat or diagnose mental health or substance use conditions. Instead, the training teaches people how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.
The half day course is an introductory but comprehensive four hour session to raise awareness of mental health.
It is designed to give:
We limit numbers to 25 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
The one day mental health awareness and skills course qualifies you as an MHFA Champion.
MHFA Champions have:
Delegate numbers are 10-16 (min/max).
The two day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. Mental Health First Aiders have:
We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
Everyone who completes any of the MHFA courses gets an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a Mental Health First Aider.
You can learn more about Workplace Mental Health First Aid and how it can improve your workplace here.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are for everyone who works with, lives with or supports young people aged 8-18. They will teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer first aid and guide them towards the support they need. In doing so, you can speed up a young person’s recovery and stop a mental health issue from getting worse.
Our courses won’t teach you to be a therapist, but we will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
But more than that, we aim to give you the information and skills to look after your own mental health so that you can set an example for young people. By giving you the tools to have these conversations, we hope to empower you to create a mentally healthy, supportive environment in your family, school, peer group or community.
The half day course is an introductory three hour session to raise awareness of young people’s mental health.
It is designed to give:
Our one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.
Youth MHFA Champions have:
Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:
"As a local authority, the health and wellbeing of local people is a key priority for us. Dudley Mind worked with us to develop and deliver a number of tailored mental health awareness courses which were aligned with our existing healthy lifestyle training for frontline staff from different Council services and local partner organisations. The training was well received and has equipped delegates with not only greater awareness but increased confidence in talking to people about their mental health and wellbeing."
Sarah Kuczora, Senior Health Improvement Practitioner, Dudley Council
“The course provided by Dudley Mind was an excellent introduction to mental health for our full time academy staff, and has prompted us to vastly develop our mental health provision for all players, in relation to both on and off field activities. The course was relevant to the sporting environment, and encouraged staff to debate and discuss difficult to pics.”
Nick Mellows, Head of Academy Medical Department, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
“Great training! Dudley Mind delivered the MHFA Half Day Course to 50 of our staff, including our paramedics and Managers. The course content was excellent and Sarah the trainer delivered a very relevant, informative and engaging session. Having attended the course myself, I can highly recommend Dudley Mind for the Mental Health First Aid training to any employer and we will be working with them again in the future.”
Maria Watson, Workforce Manager, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
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