Mental Health Awareness for Managers

Managing mental ill health at work - get the facts and confidence to support your staff
Half day


Good employee mental health is the foundation of a successful and productive team.

However, despite good progress in recent years, far too many employees feel unable to discuss their mental health with their managers. They fear being judged, misunderstood or worse, and many try to hide their illness.

Most managers sincerely want to help and support their staff, but they don't know how to recognise the signs of poor mental health at work or they are afraid of saying the wrong thing, and they don't know how to help their people access the practical support available.

As a manager you don't need to have all the answers or fix the problem.

This highly interactive, practical course will equip managers with the basic information they need as well as a framework for understanding the most common mental health issues and how they might show at work. It will also give managers crystal clear guidance on what their role is, and the limits on what they can do, so managers will feel confident to deal with the issues they can help with, and knowledgeable enough to find more expert help when that's required.

What you'll learn

  • Basic understanding of the most common mental illnesses including depression and anxiety
  • Understand what poor mental health looks like at work, how recognise the signs and when to get involved
  • What is the role of the manager in supporting someone with a mental health problem
  • Understand why the fear of being judged is so important to people experiencing mental health problems
  • How to listen and have a conversation that is open and supportive
  • What to do in a crisis
  • How to make simple, reasonable adjustments that will help mental health sufferers remain productive
  • Steps you can take to make your organisation more mental health aware and friendly

Who is it for?

Any manager who would like to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to address mental health problems at work.

Your facilitator

Jonny Ward
Jonny Ward

Jonny Ward is a clinical psychotherapist, a firefighter and an experienced mental health first aid trainer. Jonny brings a deep compassion and empathy to his work because he knows first-hand what it's like to live with anxiety and depression. After personal and professional experiences of mental ill health in the form of rescues involving those in crises and losses of friends to suicide, he is passionate about both reducing mental health stigma and delivering quality training. He believes that all workplaces and all manager can be better at supporting people with mental ill health, and he focuses on pragmatism, reality and honesty to my teaching. Participants will gain confidence knowing that his training is based on pragmatic, honest and realistic advice.


Very insightful session. I thought I knew a lot about mental health but I learnt more than I expected. Very engaging and interesting, particularly considering the circumstances of having to work over zoom rather than the normal classroom format.
Very engaging and interesting
I really enjoyed the course clear and concise yet insightful and relevant content. Great trainer, approachable yet professional. Thank you
Great trainer!
This was the first time I have taken part in an online training session, after this session it will not be the last. Extremely clear instruction but most important, this was a two way class. You were encouraged at anytime to ask a question or to go over something if you were not quite clear. Brilliant style of teaching by the most helpful Jonny. Look forward to the next class.
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Mental Health Awareness for Managers
05/05/21 13:00 - 16:00