What type of mental health training will benefit your staff?

Written by Louise Fernand
Sep 20, 2023

Louise is the Product Manager for Mental Health and Wellbeing at Red Cross Training responsible for the development of Mental Health at Work training products.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of mental health in the workplace. Employers are realising that a mentally healthy workforce is not only vital for the wellbeing of employees, but also for the overall success of their organisation. As a result, growing numbers of companies are now investing in mental health training for staff. 

With a wide range of courses available, it is crucial to identify the type of training that is most beneficial for your staff and your organisation. In this blog, we explore various types of mental health training and highlight the ones that can make a real difference in your workplace.

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Popular mental health training

Thousands of employers invest in a wide range of mental health courses every year.

Many of these courses help raise employee awareness of mental health conditions, signs and symptoms. This is valuable for helping people who are already suffering from stress or mental ill-health, providing them with reassurance and guiding them to seek the specialist support they need.

British Red Cross Training courses promote the importance of adopting a proactive approach in putting necessary steps in place to reduce the likelihood of mental health problems from occurring, as opposed to acting reactively should the circumstance arise.


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A holistic approach to mental health training for staff

At the British Red Cross Training, we recognise that a holistic and preventative approach to mental ill-health is key to maintaining employee wellbeing. For this reason, our Mental Health at Work courses equip employees and managers with the knowledge and ability to nurture their mental health, enhance resilience and cultivate healthier relationships. This leads to happier teams and a more productive organisation.

Our Mental Health at Work courses are built on our globally recognised CALMER framework and are designed to increase people's awareness of stress in the workplace. 

Why is this type of approach important?

  • It can help to minimise further distress.
  • It ensures a calm and thoughtful approach when dealing with a situation.
  • It encourages clear communication with an emphasis on listening to the needs of the individual.
  • It helps responders increase awareness of and manage their own emotional needs, managing stress, crises and preventing burnout.


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The benefits of Mental Health at Work training

The preventative approach of Mental Health at Work training has major benefits for individuals and employers because it results in:

  • More engaged and motivated staff.
  • Lower absence and associated costs.
  • Increased productivity and staff retention.
  • Improved employer reputation.


British Red Cross mental health training for staff directly supports HSE guidelines to protect people from stress in the workplace. 


Choosing mental health training for staff

A preventative training approach, as British Red Cross offer, may be your preference, however it still pays to do some research before choosing a provider.

Key things we recommend looking for in a mental health training provider include:

  • Directly employed trainers. We employ trainers directly because it allows us to apply internal quality assurance standards to all our courses.
  • Evidence of quality training. Look for courses that align with the HSE’s 6 core standards for managing mental health at work. 
  • Experience and reach. Long-established providers are more likely to have the experience to tailor courses to your needs. Those with a national reach are better able to offer consistency of training, wherever your staff are based. 
  • A choice of face-to-face and virtual training. This allows you to offer training to all staff, whether they work at your premises or remotely. 


Types of Mental Health at Work courses

Effective mental health training for staff should always suit the needs of the organisation.

This is why the British Red Cross has developed a suite of highly effective courses for different people and situations. These are:


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With various mental health training courses available, it is important to enrol you and your team on a course that fulfils your requirements.

British Red Cross Mental Health at Work courses have been designed holistically to equip your staff and managers with the skills needed to nurture wellbeing, improve resilience, and stop stress escalating into more severe mental health issues.

In acquiring these skill sets, your workforce will be happier, healthier, and more productive - and that has got to be a win/win.


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Topics: Resilience, Mental Health at Work, Mental Health Awareness

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