Mental health is being discussed more both between friends and family and in the workplace. And deservedly so; everyone has mental health and we need to talk about it as openly as we do physical health, especially when we experience difficulties.
When an employee attends mental health training of any kind, it increases their knowledge, confidence and skills. This can help them to understand their own mental health, and that of others; be it a colleague, customer, or someone they manage.
The wonderful thing about mental health training is that the new skills can also impact beyond the immediate workplace, creating a ripple effect that includes families, friends, neighbours and communities.
We’ve created an animated video that shows just that. But first, here are some of the ways that mental health training can have that ripple effect from your business.
Enhanced Employee Wellbeing
Training staff in mental health awareness equips them with the knowledge and skills to recognise signs of mental ill health, provide support and signposting, and encourage people to open up. It helps organisations create a space where employees feel valued, understood, and empowered. This, in turn, leads to increased job satisfaction, productivity, and overall well-being. When staff members are mentally healthy, they may be better equipped to manage challenging situations, making them more resilient and adaptable.
Training and new knowledge helps to dispel misconceptions and reduces the stigma associated with mental health difficulties. By challenging stereotypes and increasing awareness, organisations contribute to a more empathetic and understanding society. Employees who have undergone mental health training may become advocates, influencing their families and friends, thereby starting the ripple effect that promotes mental health conversations and support systems beyond the workplace.
Improved Team Dynamics
Colleagues, armed with a better understanding of mental health, are more empathetic towards each other’s individual experiences. This supportive structure encourages open discussions surrounding mental health, enabling team members to offer support and share resources, creating a positive work culture, one that prioritises the wellbeing of its workforce.
Positive Impact on Families and Communities
Learning new skills extends beyond the workplace, impacting the families and communities of employees. When staff members feel supported and have access to resources, their own wellbeing and mental health improve, resulting in conversations with family members and friends. These positive changes may inspire others to explore mental health resources for themselves or seek support when needed, just talking about mental health is a big step for some people.
The ripple effect extends everywhere. By prioritising mental health within organisations, we can create positive change within the workforce as well as creating a mentally healthy society.
You can find out more about our mental health training offer by visiting the webpage, or contacting Leeds Mind via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07715 415873