mental health at work
Society appears to be getting more comfortable talking about mental health issues; employers could leverage this by making it a learning topic for everyone.
Mental Health awareness delivered digitally
Fenturi’s “Mental Health @ work” activity demonstrates the potential digital based learning has for reaching people at scale to develop awareness, understanding and deliver support.
The activity takes about ten minutes to complete and is broken down into three main sections. The first part explores what is meant by mental health and typical misconceptions people have about the topic. It breaks down common types of poor mental health and asks the learner to reflect on the type of language people use that can be unhelpful and indicates a lack of knowledge.
The third part of the activity is about how to support other people. An interactive scenario simulates a conversation where the learner attempts to support a colleague at work. The learner is asked to make choices on how best to react within the flow of realistic dialogue, highlighting the importance of open questions and the sensitivity of appropriate language.
Take ten minutes now to sample the course, by pressing play on the module at the top of this page. It’s designed to be accessible to a broad audience and form a solid introduction to the topic. We are conscious that mental health topics have a breadth and depth that this course does not fully capture, and we welcome your feedback and how we might customise the format to your specific needs.
Where are we with mental health?
The subject of mental health has gained a higher profile over the last few years, as we’ve had a shared moment of increased anxiety and disruption to our way of life. There was a rise in ill health in 2021 with 822k people taking time off work for stress, anxiety or depression representing 50% of all work related ill health cases and millions of lost work days. There is an opportunity to capitalise on this shared moment and push harder to remove the taboo of talking about mental health. And make no mistake that there is taboo with 75% of employers acknowledging the presence of mental health stigma in their workplace.
One positive step is to introduce mental health awareness as part of an onboarding programme. It’s an opportunity to communicate the values of the organisation whilst ensuring that every new starter understands the topic, can identify the warning signs and understands they have permission to talk about the issue and take action. There is an obvious personal benefit to the individual, but also by scaling the training to line managers and every employee, the benefits will cascade through the entire company.
It can be a challenge to offer training to large cohorts of new starters or those returning to work particularly in hybrid or fully remote roles. Digital training can be a solution because it be can both engaging and accessible to a broad audience. Fenturi have launched this new interactive digital activity to demonstrate that potential.
We are hosting a webinar to dive into this topic in more detail on May 26th 2022. Fenturi experts will walk through the course, joined by an external mental health expert Luke Adebiyi. You can register now to secure you place at the Eventbrite page here.