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Direct365 launches mental health training course


A leading provider of workplace services, Direct365, has launched a nationwide training course focusing on stress and mental health, as new research reveals 1 in 3 UK workers have been diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point in their career.

The course, which is the first of its kind to be launched by Direct365, aims to promote positive conversations about mental health and wellbeing among Britain’s workforce and to reduce stress related absences.

The research also estimates that 61 per cent of employees have experienced mental health issues either as a direct result of work or where their work was a related factor, yet as it stands, it is not mandatory for businesses to have a designated mental health first aider.

The one-day course can benefit individuals or entire teams and is compliant with the Health and Safety Executive’s framework. Key areas include:

  • CALMER framework (Consider, Acknowledge, Listen, Manage, Enable and Resource)
    • Supporting others and yourself
  • Coping with stress
  • Mental health
  • How to lead a resilient workforce

Kathryn Skinner, Managing Director at Direct365, said: “Employee wellbeing is of paramount importance and as employers we have a duty of care towards our workforce. We believe this course can make a huge difference to businesses and individuals all over the country and will help continue to encourage positive conversations about mental health.”

Even though there has been an increase in the number of businesses taking part in mental health training courses there is a belief that more still needs to be done.

Kathryn continued: “Employers have definitely started to discuss the subject of stress and mental health much more openly, but we believe there is still a need for more resources to be made available to them. It’s important that members of the team know the best way to manage challenging situations and how to cope with stress.”

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