University's Staff Wellbeing team is running another open programme of Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops as part of the Promote - Prevent - Support initiative. There are two types of workshops - one for staff looking to learn more about taking care of their own mental health, and one for managers with responsibility for looking after staff. Read on to find out more about these workshops and how to book your place.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Awareness for Staff

Wellbeing and Mental Health affect all aspects of our lives. In today’s demanding 24/7 environment, our ability to identify and manage pressure and challenges constructively and making the most of life’s opportunities, is essential to both mental and physical wellbeing.

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, it is a significant component for wellbeing. It is something you have to take care of, rather than take for granted.

The positive effect of wellbeing and the negative impact of poor mental health on individuals and organisations are now widely acknowledged. Whilst wellbeing enables individuals to get the most out of life, flourish and benefit themselves and their organisations; unmanaged mental health problems have a debilitating impact on individuals, teams and the organisation with damaging consequences for all.

Who should attend?

This workshop is for any member of staff who would like to take some time out to think about their own wellbeing and practice some tools and techniques that support self care and wellbeing.

What will we cover?

Attend this half day workshop to:

develop your knowledge about the impact of pressure and stress on your mental wellbeing as well as improve your skills in managing them effectively.

During the workshop you will:

define mental wellbeing and differentiate between pressure and stress;

recognise sources of pressure and stress and how these impact on mental health, wellbeing and performance.

identify and practice a range of appropriate coping strategies to manage mental wellbeing and address sources of pressure and stress and maintain.

complete an action plan to manage current pressure and stress and maintain wellbeing.

Dates:

Campus: 30 January, 09:30 – 12:30

Virgil: 11 February, 09:30 – 12:30

Booking

Bookings can be made via iTrent Employee Self Service (ESS). Download instructions on how to book your place using ESS.

Search for "wellbeing".

Your manager will receive an automated notification when you book or cancel a place on a course using ESS.

If you have any booking queries please email Marcia Martin adsmam@bath.ac.uk.

Wellbeing and Mental Health Awareness for Managers

Managers deal with health problems on a regular basis. While they are usually confident in dealing with issues with physical health, they may be less sure of how best to approach mental health and wellbeing concerns.

In principle, it should be fairly similar, it’s about focusing on how they can best support a team member should they be absent, assisting them to get back to work and/or to perform at their best.

The earlier a manager becomes aware that a team member is experiencing poor mental wellbeing, the sooner steps can be taken to prevent it becoming more serious and provide support to help them during this period.

Knowing how to best approach and talk to a team member who may be experiencing mental ill health may seem difficult, and it can be tempting to avoid the matter. However, it is much better to try to resolve concerns at an early stage and nip issues in the bud before they can escalate further or worsen.

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you have a staff facing role where you have people management responsibilities, and you would like to enhance your knowledge and skills around understanding and managing mental health and wellbeing.

What will we cover?

Attend this half day workshop to:

expand your awareness about mental health concerns as well as factors that can affect workplace wellbeing. develop your skills, behaviours and confidence in managing mental wellbeing effectively and positively for all parties. During the workshop you will have the opportunity to:

enhance your awareness of mental health and wellbeing;

identify the warning signs, sources and causes of poor mental wellbeing;

use effective listening tools and techniques to acknowledge difficult feelings and circumstances;

facilitate constructive and open conversations with employees with mental ill health or other health conditions or disabilities, to identify and implement appropriate support mechanisms.

encourage staff to develop Wellbeing Action Plans (WAPs)

consider reasonable adjustments and support that could be offered to someone with poor mental health.

Dates

Campus: 28 January, 9:30 - 12:30

Booking

Bookings can be made via iTrent Employee Self Service (ESS). Download instructions on how to book your place using ESS.

Search for "wellbeing".

Your manager will receive an automated notification when you book or cancel a place on a course using ESS.

If you have any booking queries please email Marcia Martin adsmam@bath.ac.uk.