Mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. In 2018/19, stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 44% of all cases of work-related ill health and 54% of all working days lost due to health issues in Great Britain. However, only 1 in 5 employees suffering from mental ill health confide in their employer, and 90% of those who took time off due to stress cited a different reason. This all comes at a cost to employers of nearly £35bn a year.

This is why it’s more important than ever for businesses to focus on the mental health of their employees. This can be done by encouraging people to talk about how they’re feeling, removing the stigma around mental health and challenging stereotypes. the result of this can make a massive difference to sickness absence rates, and in turn, increase productivity.

Mind in Somerset are here to help you achieve a mental health positive work environment. Have a a look through the following courses for more information.

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss your training needs, or you have any other enquiries, please email [email protected] or complete the enquiry form at the bottom of the Training home page.

Mental Health Awareness (Half Day)

This course is designed to give an introduction around the issues of mental health and explores looking after your own mental health and mental wellbeing. It will also explore ways of challenging and rethinking the stigma around mental illness and give participants the confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue. Participants also receive a booklet detailing what they have learnt, a toolkit to support their own mental health and a certificate of attendance.


Mental Health First Aid is a two-day course developed in Australia in 2000 and now recognised in 23 countries. MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and become a designated Mental Health First Aider within your organisation. Our instructors provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course.

If you are a frontline worker, you may be eligible to join this course fully funded by Public Health. If you think you may be eligible, please follow this link.

Managers Guide to Mental Health at Work

This one-day course helps provide those in a managerial position with the skills and information to help support their team’s mental health. Subjects include “What makes a Mentally Healthy Workplace?”, “Reasonable adjustments in the workplace”, and “Managing sickness and the return to work”.

Managers Mental Health Awareness

Managers Mental Health Awareness acts as the half day version of Managers Guide to Mental Health at Work. Topics include “Practical tips and tools for supporting staff and initiating supportive conversations”, “Where and how to signpost further support” and “Creating positive a mental health culture”.

Stress Management & Building Resilience

During this course, learners will gain an insight into what “Wellbeing” is and what it looks like, as well as the importance of selfcare and identifying your own needs. Learners will have actions to take away and reflect on and practical tools for keeping well and managing stress.

Introduction to Resilience and Building Resilient Teams

More information coming soon.

Mental Health and Menopause Awareness

Click here to see more information on the “Upcoming” page.

Men’s Mental Health Awareness

Click here to see more information on the “Upcoming” page.

Managers – Building Resilient Teams

More information coming soon.

Pauses for the Mind Bitesize Training

Our new bitesize “Pick ‘n’ Mix” training sessions are designed to be fun and interactive, providing your staff with a much-needed break from their workday. Our expert facilitators will guide your team through activities that promote mental wellness. You can choose all of the sessions in any order, or just pick the ones that you feel would be beneficial to your workplace! These sessions would be ideal for a Lunch and Learn.

We offer the following sessions:

  • 5 Ways Forward
  • Inner Blue Skies and Core Diamonds
  • Dreams with Deadlines
  • Mindful Minutes
  • Men in Mind
  • Am I going mad?! – Mental Wellbeing & the Menopause
  • Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway©
  • Time to Chat
  • The Art of Happiness
  • Nurturing Resilience
Employee Assistance Support Programme

Please click here for more information on the “Employee Assistance Support Programme” page.

Statutory and Voluntary Sector Workers in Health and Social Care

We also offer workshops that are aimed at those in the Health and Social Care sector. These include

  • Call Handlers – Crisis Callers Support Training
  • Vicarious Trauma & Nurturing Resilience
  • Suicide Bereavement
  • Trans Awareness
  • DBT and Trauma Informed Practice
  • Hearing Voices – Please see the “Upcoming” page for more information.

More information will be added soon.

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