As the theme of World Mental Health Day 2023 highlights, ‘mental health is a universal human right’. That’s why at Essential 6, we’re dedicated to helping organisations to address the inequalities in mental health and help work towards good mental health for all.
Mental health training is essential for companies to foster a supportive and inclusive work environment while also reaping many benefits. Here we share six examples of why mental health training is important for your people, your company and the benefits of taking a mental health awareness training course:
- Reduced Stigma: Mental health training helps employees and leaders understand common mental health issues, reducing the stigma associated with them. This encourages open conversations and seeking help when needed.
- Improved Employee Well-being: Mental health awareness training equips employees with the knowledge and tools to manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges, leading to improved overall well-being.
- Increased Productivity: When employees have the skills to manage their mental health effectively, they are better equipped to stay focused, make sound decisions, and maintain productivity, even during stressful times.
- Lower Absenteeism: Training promotes early recognition of mental health issues, allowing employees to seek help sooner. This can reduce absenteeism related to mental health problems, saving the company money on sick leave and temporary/long term replacements.
- Enhanced Employee Engagement: Companies that invest in mental health training often report higher levels of employee engagement. Employees appreciate the support and feel more connected to an organization that values their mental well-being.
- Legal and Ethical Compliance: Providing mental health training helps companies meet legal and ethical obligations related to employee well-being and safety. This can mitigate the risk of workplace discrimination and legal issues.
Additional Benefits of Mental Health Training:
- Better Leadership Skills: Leaders who receive mental health training are more equipped to support their teams, recognise signs of distress, and provide appropriate assistance, creating a positive leadership culture.
- Reduction in Turnover: A mentally healthy workplace is more attractive to employees. Companies offering mental health training and support are likely to experience lower turnover rates as employees feel valued and supported.
- Enhanced Reputation: Companies that prioritise mental health are viewed more favourably by customers, investors, and potential employees. This can enhance the company’s reputation and brand.
- Innovation and Creativity: Employees with good mental health are often more innovative and creative. A mentally healthy workforce can contribute to problem-solving and innovative ideas that drive the company forward.
- Regulation and compliance: In some sectors, mental health first aid training is becoming a requirement. There is currently not a mandatory programme, but a recent Private Members’ Bill put forward by Tory MP Dean Russell would make it a legal requirement for businesses to offer mental health first aid training.
In summary, mental health training is crucial for creating a healthier, more productive, and inclusive workplace. It benefits employees by promoting well-being and reducing stigma, while it benefits companies through improved productivity, lower costs, and enhanced corporate image.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Essential 6 can help your company prioritise mental health, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that mental health is truly a universal human right.