Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers

Managers, Directors and Leaders are the first point of contact in the workplace for employees, be that for physical or mental wellbeing. This makes them in a prime position to spot the emerging signs of mental health challenges within their team. Managers are striving to find a balance between business goals and managing mental health and are unsure how to address signs of poor mental health. Most challenges we hear at Simpila Mental Health included starting the conversation about mental health, they are unsure how to address signs of poor mental health and where to take action. 

Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence from work. It is estimated that it is costing UK employers an average of £1300 per employee. 

There are many benefits to upskilling Managers, Business Leaders and Team Leaders in mental health awareness which can lead to positive business outcomes that include lower absenteeism, lower staff turnover, and higher engagement among others. Leaders are in a prime position to spot the signs of emerging mental health and understanding what to be aware of and how to approach an employee.

Training can de-mystify mental health, challenge stigma and provide leaders with tools to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of poor mental health. 

An article published by assert the importance that all managers should be given the skills to support employees with mental health issues, it further adds that equipping managers with skills to talk about mental health is likely to initiate conversations that address concerns about overall mental wellbeing. 

NICE and Public Health England’s guidelines on Mental Wellbeing at work covers how to create the right conditions to support employees and create safe conditions to support mental health wellbeing at work through an environment and culture of participation, equality, fairness and safety which is based on open and honest communication.

Training is a practical step forward that employers can take and embrace quickly without a huge amount of investment. The investment to training can counteract the cost of poor mental health and absenteeism. A Deloitte report, Mental health and employers | Refreshing the case for investment published in January 2020, shows that poor mental health among employees costs UK employers £42bn – £45bn each year. This is made up of absence costs of around £7bn, presenteeism coming to work despite poor health and underperforming- costs ranging from about £27bn to £29bn and turnover costs of around £9bn. 

Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence from work. It is estimated that it is costing UK employers an average of £1300 per employee. 

With awareness of the cost of poor mental health, it supports the need for managers to receive training and support. It is good practice in all sectors and all sizes of organisations that managers benefit to gain powerful and empowering tools that foster a supportive and positive approach, creating psychological safety allowing people to feel safe and able to share when they are experiencing poor mental wellbeing. It is estimated that 1 in 6 workers will experience mental health problems in the workplace. As a leader you play a pivotal role in demonstrating and promoting high levels of performance and wellbeing. 

We offer bespoke training that can make a difference, we invite you to get in touch and start the journey to better mental health awareness, for you and your team.

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