Given how much value managers deliver to organisations in building cultures that support wellbeing and performance, it is important that they have the tools, time, and training to do the job of managing well.

Teams that feel safe and connected work better together. Equipping your managers with the skills they need helps create environments where people are able to bring their whole self to work and gives them the confidence to start conversations about mental health and signpost to support if needed.

We surveyed 2,000 managers to understand the challenges they face in helping support the wellbeing of their teams in more detail.

It found a third (33%) of managers were out of their depth supporting their team with mental health concerns. Over a quarter (29%) of managers said more support and training from their employer would help them to create a team where everyone feels they can bring their whole selves to work.

Click here to learn more about our My Whole Self campaign for workplace culture change and access our free Managers Toolkit with practical advice for managers to help them support them and their teams.

Flexible training to support your managers and organisation
How can positive workplace mental health impact performance?

Developing your managers' confidence to have effective mental health conversations with their teams makes good business sense on many levels.

The evidence calls for desperately for action. Deloitte’s 2022 report estimated that mental ill-health costs UK businesses £56 billion per year. The human impact can also be found evidenced in absenteeism, with the proportion of absences attributable to mental health conditions rising to 16% in 2020.

Data from The Workforce Institute at UKG shows that for almost 70% of people, their manager has more impact on their mental health than their therapist or their doctor – and it’s equal to their partner.

With a relatively modest investment in an effective wellbeing strategy, organisations can make a radical change to their workplace culture and profits. The same Deloitte report shows more than a fivefold return on investment for employers, with every £1 spent on staff wellbeing giving an average return of £5.30 in reduced absence, presenteeism, and staff turnover.

By supporting your managers through one of our tailored managers training courses you can help ensure your people and organisation thrive.

Explore our range of training for managers:
Mental Health Knowledge for Managers

Fuel managers with the knowledge and confidence to build supported, motivated and committed teams with our interactive digital learning package.

Designed for organisations with 50 managers or more, this package will give your managers flexibility with self-directed learning and can be hosted directly on your own learning management system.

Managers will learn to:

  • Understand and fulfil managerial responsibilities around their teams’ wellbeing 

  • Recognise when an employee may need support with their mental health and ways to navigate this  

  • Use the ‘Ask, Listen, Respond’ framework to have effective mental health conversations as part of their everyday activity 

  • Recognise where and when to get further information and support 
Mental Health Skills for Managers

Empower managers to put wellbeing at the heart of their leadership approach with our practical and immersive course. Mental Health Skills for Managers is a four hour course which builds skills in your leaders to feel confident to have mental health conversations as part of their everyday management. It’s available online and face-to-face.

Providing this training to everyone with people management responsibilities will ensure a consistent approach to mental health and wellbeing across teams and departments, promoting healthy performance throughout the whole organisation.

Managers will learn to:

  • Identify if an employee may be experiencing mental health issues

  • Feel confident having open conversations about mental health with their team members

  • Appropriately signpost to available support and know where to go for support and guidance for themselves

  • Role model good self-care practice, inspiring their teams to look after their own mental health and wellbeing
Mental Health Aware

This course is an introduction to understanding what mental health is and how to challenge stigma. Available either online or face-to-face, this half day course is a great place to start building your awareness of mental health.

Managers will gain:

  • Knowledge of some common mental health issues

  • An introduction to looking after their own mental health and maintaining wellbeing

  • The confidence to offer support to others who may be experiencing a mental health issue
Contact us

To learn more about any of our flexible training options, get in touch with our workplace mental health experts and share your organisation's requirements.

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What people are saying about our training:

“The course was very well structured, and everyone was open about their experiences with mental health”.

“A fantastic opportunity to learn the correct methodology to lessen the impacts or poor mental health. I will take and introduce many of the aspects learned on the course to my personal and professional life”.

Learning about mental health has changed the way I think about the subject as a whole and understand the stigma related to it. It has helped me to be a more patient and understanding person all around”.

Unlock the power of positive mental health

We believe that every workplace can be financially successful whilst fostering a positive culture. Our service, Startwell, works directly with you to build a unique roadmap to improved wellbeing for your business.

Startwell helps organisations to discover the value of positive workplace wellbeing. We understand that every organisation and the people within it are unique and therefore your strategy to improve the wellbeing of your people will be unique too.

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