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MHFA Mental Health Skills for Managers

MHFA England  – Mental Health Skills for Managers course for people managers.

Virtual classroom on the MHFA England Online Learning Hub

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify if a team member may be experiencing mental health issues​
  • Confidently have open conversations about mental health at work​
  • Appropriately signpost your team members to available support, and know where to go for support and guidance yourself

The format

  • 4 hour online course
  • Interactive with content, discussions and group activities
  • Learner resources include – self led workbook and post course materials

The course will feel:

  • Immersive – we will share models with you and give you time and space to practise, observe, provide feedback, and receive it yourself
  • Grounded in reality – you will be able to adapt scenarios and practice conversations that feel reflective of your place of work
  • Practical – you will have the opportunity to engage as a wider group and in smaller groups, with a chance to try things out and work out how it feels to have these conversations virtually
  • Person-centred – we will give you tools to take care of your mental health and wellbeing as a manager, as well as what you can do to empower your teams

Course structure

Mental health spectrum: The importance of knowing your team, knowing yourself, and early warning signs
Stress and workplace stressors: The Stress Container and barriers to mental health conversations
Preparing for mental health conversations: Preparing for virtual conversations and managing remotely
Mental health conversation cycle: Effective questions, active listening, empathic responses, supporting and signposting
Wellbeing and stress in the workplace: Using the Stress Container for yourself
Commitments to change: What to do next to embed learning

Brilliant skills improvement for our managers in one afternoon. A very efficient investment

“We wanted our less experienced people managers to feel able to open up conversations about mental health with team members. This course was really helpful in laying down the foundations to give our managers both the skills and the confidence to start these potentially difficult conversations.

The trainer was excellent and for a course that was delivered all online, it was still as interactive as if you were there in person. They kept us engaged with all of us drawing on a shared whiteboard and group work in breakout rooms to role play potential scenarios. We were impressed with how slick the online experience was and appreciated how attentive MHFA England were before the course to understand our needs.”

Octopus Energy

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