The new Thrive at Work West of England is offering regional employers help to respond to mental health concerns in the workplace, particularly those arising from Covid-19.
This programme was developed by the Covid-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce group, a collaboration between the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), the 4 local authorities in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, plus Business West, FSB, Mind, the Unions and businesses and organisations in the Thriving at Work regional network. It builds on Thrive programmes in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and is aligned to the Thrive network across the UK.
The package of support, including training resources, is available through WECA’s West of England Growth Hub website. It includes free mental health e-learning to equip managers with the confidence and skills to have supportive conversations with
their staff about mental health and wellbeing, particularly in these challenging and changing times.
The programme aims to help create mentally healthy workplaces through supporting our region’s employers with information, tools and training. It offers mental health and wellbeing training and resources aimed at businesses and staff, including:
- Free e-Learning ‘Managing Mental Health at Work’ course for managers in Small and Medium sized businesses (0-250 staff).
- Guidance for business leaders to adopt the Mental Health at Work Commitment and implement Mental Health at Work Standards.
- Support to create wellness action plans using templates developed by Mind
- Free suicide prevention training and Covid-19 psychological first aid training
- Toolkits and resources shared by employers including local businesses involved in Thrive Bristol
- Offers of peer support from businesses to help smaller companies learn from others’ experience of what works to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The impact of the programme on the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce at all levels will be evaluated by a local partner with input from a partner involved in the national work on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
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