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Mental Health Awareness for Employers


This training session will raise your understanding of the issues to be considered when supporting an employee suffering mental ill-health at work.

Business need

This training session has been developed in collaboration with Mindful Employer, experts in providing information, advice and practical support for employers on mental health issues.

The session will raise your understanding about mental ill–health. We will look at some of the myths and preconceptions that exist about mental health, discuss its importance and also the impact that mental health issues can have on your workplace.

During the day you will also learn about some of the common signs and symptoms of the main mental health conditions. Most importantly there will be the opportunity to discuss and explore strategies for early intervention and the support that organisations can put in place for employees experiencing mental ill health in order to help them remain in work and able to carry out an effective role.

Poor mental health in the workplace has real-world business impacts that directly affect productivity, employee attendance and customer service. A recent study has shown that poor mental health costs UK employers £8.4 billion in sickness absence and £15.1 billion in reduced productivity. Whilst many of the reasons behind poor mental health will not be work-related, it’s clear that organisations need to be aware of how to address these issues, support their staff and create a culture which enables staff to remain productive and able to carry out their roles effectively.Employees will all have good days and bad days.


However, one in four of us will at some stage suffer from mental ill-health. Stress, depression and anxiety are estimated to be the cause of more working days lost than any other work-related illness. For this reason it is highly important that Managers and Business owners have an awareness of mental health issues, their implications for staff who may suffer and the confidence to know what approaches to take to support employees to remain productive.


Suitable For

Business owners, HR and personnel professionals, line-managers, head of department and team leaders.


  • Why is mental health important?
  • The impacts of mental health on a business
  • How do we view mental health; exploring the stigmas and misconceptions
  • The barriers that make dealing with mental health issues at work difficult
  • Identifying the main mental health conditions, their symptoms and treatment
  • Recognising the signs of mental health issues in the workplace
  • Discussions about how to handle issues when they arise
  • Creating a culture and environment that supports communication and disclosure

  • Supporting employees experiencing distress at work
  • Supporting employees to remain in or return to work
  • The benefits of having a policy
  • The Equality Act 2010 and the need to consider reasonable adjustments

Did you know: Acas also runs topic specific courses on Managing Absence and Having Difficult Conversations

Workplace training available: If you have a larger group of staff to train Acas can also tailor training for delivery in your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150.

Venue Holiday Inn - Cambridge   Map (opens in new window)   Date 06/02/2018    Time 10:00 - 16:00   
Price £245.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.