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A recent report from CIPD has found that 37% of businesses have seen an increase in stress-related absence - a figure that is believed to be increasing all the time.

Mental health issues are a major cause of long-term absence and can cause significant disruption for both employers and employees. Understand your rights and responsibilities as an employer in the face of mental health issues, and support your staff to keep a strong workforce.

This course serves as a holistic resource for any business professional who is responsible for or interested in addressing mental health issues in the workplace.

The course is will enable you to:

Why this course?

Understand your legal responsibilities

Spot concerns and take action to support employees

Overcome challenges to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing

Train staff successfully

Create a mentally healthy workplace

What's included in the Mental Health in The Workplace First Aider Certificate?

8 self-assessment tests to ensure effective learning

Lots of scenario based guidance providing actionable points

E-learning videos presenting proven strategies and models for managing mental health in the workplace

Comprehensive case studies and examples from various organisations

Downloadable materials which you can adapt for your organisation

Certificate of completion

Course syllabus

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

The social and economic costs of mental health

  • Economic and social costs of mental health problems in England
  • What are mental health problems
  • Types of mental health problems

Legal responsibilities and mental health in the work place

  • Understanding your legal obligations as an employer
  • Claims and liabilities
  • Performance and capability issues related to mental health
  • Staff turnover
  • Mental health and the Equality 2010 Act
  • Discrimination at work
  • Your step-by-step guide

Reducing stigma around mental health

  • Identifying attitude problems towards mental health
  • Practical steps you can take to remove stigma
  • How a positive workplace can support employees with ill mental health

Talking to staff

  • Encouraging open and honest conversations
  • Managing staff who may feel uncomfortable to talk
  • Improving employee engagement

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Module 8

  • Looking at workplace culture
  • Creating a comfortable workplace environment
  • Physical environment and workplace health & safety
  • Practicing wellbeing and resilience

Creating a healthy work environment

Dealing with staff absence

  • Supporting staff during absence
  • Helping and encouraging staff to return to work
  • Approaching potential disciplinary or capability matters
  • When to consider occupational health practices
  • Having sensitive conversations around absence

Individual plan

  • Managing your own mental health
  • Avoiding assumptions
  • Respecting confidentiality
  • Working with external support organisations
  • Flexible working options
  • Monitoring medical and non-medical indicators of mental health issues
  • Practical planning templates

Mental Health Action Plan

  • Gaining commitment
  • Methods of communication
  • Gathering information
  • Risk assessments
  • Creating objectives and action plan
  • Developing content

Tony McKernan is an experienced Healthcare professional who has been working in the field of mental Health for 21 years. He completed his training in Belfast in 1987. After graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in Sports Science, he went into Healthcare Management, mental health for 7 years, he then moved to Surrey and into education progressing from head of year to head of school within 5 years. He then moved back to West Sussex to take up his former employment in mental health in 2004 where he is currently in post.

In 2002 he was employed by C.Q.C. as an inspector, working part time but taking part in approximately 200 inspections mainly in Adult Social Care. He was also recruited as a Specialist Advisor by CQC and was involved in large comprehensive NHS Mental Health Trust inspections across the country and remains on their list of inspectors. He has also launched an End of Life bespoke advance planning tool (

The trainers

Tony Mckernan

Yvonne has a wealth of experience of managing people and businesses. She began her people management career at BSI as Head of Delivery where she managed a publishing, printing and warehousing division of over 50 people. Eleven years later, she went on to join what was then one of the top 500 law firms in the country firstly as their HR Director. In recognition of her contribution to the business, in 2009 she became one of the first non-lawyer partners in the UK. She continued to provide an HR service to the law firm and also worked very closely with employment solicitors to provide an HR consultancy service to their clients..

Yvonne Hardiman

Chartered MCPID, MA (Management)

Sam is a renowned trainer and speaker on Mental Health, Behaviour, SEN and Access Arrangements. Originally a music teacher she became a SENCo in a large Secondary School where she gained a wealth of SEN training and experience, particularly in behaviour and mental health.

Sam Garner

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