Working with Mental Health - Employer Support
Published 27th May 2011 by Rachel McDerby
Two of the Chamber's members have joined together to offer seminars on the subject of managing mental health in the workplace.
According to a year-long study by the King’s Fund, in the past decade there has been a year-on-year increase in the number of days lost in the workplace from mental health, costing the economy upwards of £26.1 billion and the NHS £22.5 billion. This is a subject that can no longer be ‘brushed under the carpet’ by employers.
“It is important to recognise that working with mental health is not an option for employers” says The Kade Consultancy’s Lead Psychologist, Elaine Douglas. “With one in three people suffering from mental ill-health at some point in their lifetime, having the ability to recognise issues and provide support to employees is critical for both the individual and the organisation”
The event will take a fresh approach and rather than focusing on managing absences and organisational policy, the seminar will introduce a holistic model for managing mental health in the workplace and focus very much on ‘distress’ element of this.
Focusing on how to spot the signs early, methods of providing support and how reasonable adjustments can be made, attendees will gain a real insight into that crucial time between an individual being at work and being ‘off-sick’.
The Kade Consultancy are a team of business consultants who use psychology, counselling and training to support & develop the workforce of their clients, and are recognised specialists in the areas of employee motivation, performance and absenteeism.
“We have chosen to partner with Organic HR as they work with organisations and managers on a day to day basis and have a useful perspective of the issues facing businesses in relation to mental health, whereas we provide expertise from an individual perspective. This provides employers with the best of both worlds, and seminar attendees will be able to learn from a wealth of experience from our teams.”
The first of the seminars take place during June at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax town centre. The two-hour events are just £15, including light refreshments and an opportunity to network. Bookings can be made at http://www.organichr.co.uk
or by contacting The Kade Consultancy on 01422 372222 or Organic HR on 01422 399535.