A series of free webinars will show Midlands businesses and organisations that talking about mental health at work is not as hard as they might think – and employers are being encouraged to attend.
The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP) is holding three webinars in September – each relating to different types of workplaces – all about the ease of starting a mental health campaign at work.
On Friday, September 10 at 10am, a webinar will be held for organisations working in an office environment.
A webinar for businesses and organisations that have made the switch to hybrid working will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 10am.
Finally, businesses outside of the office such as retail, construction and industry, will have a webinar on Thursday, September 16 at 10am.
The three webinars, each lasting around 45 minutes, are being led by mental health charity Mind, the University of Derby, and the University of Lincoln.
They follow the launch of MHPP’s Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat campaign – which gives businesses and organisations of all sizes and sectors the help they need to encourage staff and bosses alike to open up about their mental health.
The campaign and webinars aim to help employers understand the link between good mental health and business productivity.
Kate Wood of the University of Derby said:
“From our research, we know that employers, line managers and employees can all find it difficult to open up about mental health while at work.
“But poor mental health is one of the biggest causes of sickness absences, and this has only been exacerbated by COVID-19.
“These free webinars will help those working in different sectors understand that it’s actually easier than they might think to start conversations around mental health at work.
“Starting a small mental health campaign at work and getting staff talking can make all the difference to their wellbeing. Happier staff means fewer absences and better productivity in the long-run, so it’s a win-win for any employer.”
And Sally Newnham of the University of Lincoln added:
“We’ve already seen plenty of businesses download free resources as part of the Bridge the Gap, Start a Chat campaign, but we know many will still have questions.
“So we designed these webinars to guide employers through the first steps of setting up their own mental health campaign and encouraging their staff to start conversations around mental health.
“If enough employers get involved, we will see a huge reduction in stigma about mental health across the region, and happier workplaces where staff can thrive.
“We’d encourage any employers or line managers looking to make a difference at work to attend – it could make a massive difference.”
Anyone wishing to attend the webinars or find out more can do so here: https://mhpp.me/startachat/register-for-our-events/