Free session offers workplace mental health insight

10 Jun 2021

Published in: Member News

Paycare's series of monthly e-clinics continues with a focus around mental health awareness for managers
Expert tips on mental health awareness in the workplace are on offer during the next Paycare free e-clinic. Kerry B Mitchell, the organisation’s Wellbeing Manager and a Mental Health First Aid trainer, will lead the online session from 10am to 11am on Wednesday 14th July. She will be joined by long-standing HR professional Paul Owen and Zen Communications Managing Director Felicity Wingrove to discuss how mental health awareness can enhance morale and wellbeing in the workplace, and how managers can put wellbeing at the heart of the working environment. Attendees will also find out about recognising warning signs, approaching meaningful conversations around mental health, how to access further resources, and fostering conditions for good physical and mental health. Kerry said: “It’s vital that team leaders and managers have an insight into wellbeing so they can recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, support their teams and signpost to relevant sources of assistance. “Life has been incredibly tough for all of us over the past 18 months, and with stress, anxiety and burnout all on the rise, it’s more important than ever for organisations to be supportive of their employees’ needs. Plus, with happier and healthier employees, organisations enjoy higher levels of productivity, less presenteeism, and increased loyalty.” Felicity added: “At Zen, having a good understanding of mental health enables us to fully support the team to flourish within their professional and personal lives. Creating a workplace culture where mental health can be discussed openly has been vital to our success as individuals and as an agency. “Employee wellbeing is so much more than just a tick-box or a recruitment headline, there is a significant commercial benefit too: less sickness absence, better productivity and longer retention of staff being among the advantages of looking after staff health and happiness. “We’ve been shortlisted for multiple employee wellbeing awards, partly because of the training we’ve undertaken with Kerry and Paycare – but more importantly, we’ve been able to be there for each other through the pandemic and recognise when individuals might need a little more support (and what that support might look like).” To book your free place on the Workplace Mental Health e-clinic, simply visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/158437852883 – or for more information about the range of MHFA-accredited mental health training offered by Kerry and her team, visit www.paycare.org/wellbeing. Since 1874, Paycare (formerly known as Patient’s Aid Association) has worked to help individuals, families, businesses, and their employees access a variety of preventative and reactive healthcare services which protect their financial, physical and mental health and wellbeing. Its dedicated mental health service — Paycare Wellbeing — launched in 2019 and provides qualified and confidential training to Corporate Groups including Managers, CEOs and HR teams.
Submitted by Jennie from Paycare
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