MHT16 – Mental health awareness training. A workshop for managers

This course is designed to support mangers to identify and support staff and colleagues that may present with mental health difficulties in the workplace. It is suitable for both layman and the professional clinician alike and provides a structured opportunity to developing a more comprehensive working model of mental illness, with a key focus on presentations most commonly found in the workplace setting.

Stress, anxiety and depression is common in the workplace. Whilst these conditions are quite prevalent in society, they may be exacerbated by the workplace demands. It is important for managers and key staff to recognise, manage and signpost appropriately. Management best-practice is addressed to support managers in their roles.

Psychological processes (thinking and behaviour styles) are often at the foundation of mental health presentations, particularly in the workplace. Mangers will learn to identify unhealthy patterns of thinking and develop interventions, whether in the form of therapeutic conversations or alterations to the individuals work load (or both) to minimise the compounding effects of stress; thereby minimising impaired staff performance and time off due to the physical presentations of irrational psychological processes

It is entirely foreseeable that some staff in the workplace will present with severe and complex mental health problems. It is important that staff have sufficient insight to recognise major mental health problems and manage the potentially serious complications and challenges with great care and efficacy.

The following key areas are addressed:

  • Improving knowledge and insight of psychological and mental health (psychiatric) difficulties;
  • How mental health problems commonly manifest in stress, irrationality, emotional dysregulations, changes in mood, impaired capacity and resilience and in some cases impaired reality testing;
  • Recognising the signs, symptoms and presentations of psychological and psychiatric problems / disorders in the workplace;
  • Improving communications, interaction skills and signposting to support individuals with mental health problems;
  • A clearer understanding of the Equality Act and its relationship with mental health in the workplace;
  • Best-practice management principles;
  • Training to understand treatments in mental health, including psychological (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Counselling) and pharmaceutical interventions;
  • Awareness of, and access to screening tools and diagnostic manuals to increase knowledge and accurate appraisal of behaviours.

The following areas of psychiatry will be addressed with an emphasis on recognition and management in the workplace setting:

  • The psychology and psychiatry of stress-related disorders;
  • Mood disorders – Depression and Bipolar Disorder;
  • Anxiety Disorders in the workplace – including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Acute Stress, Panic Disorders and Agoraphobia;
  • Emotional Dysregulation & Personality Disorder presentations;
  • Complex mental health presentation – Complex Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Psychosis & Schizophrenia , Acute Psychosis;
  • Substance related disorders & Dual Diagnosis;
  • Early onset Dementia and cognitive impairments in older individuals;
  • Difficult and challenging behaviours – aggressive behaviours, oppositional / passive aggression, adult ADHD, paranoid attributions, self injury and sub-clinical Personality Disorder
  • Disorders and Substance Misuse complications;
  • Any other area of psychiatry can be discussed and explored on the day.

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