Weekly study2 hours
Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Modern Workplace
Join the conversation and help break down stigma in the workplace
Organisations are beginning to realise that the mental health of their employees is as crucial as their physical health. Changes in our moods, emotions, and stress levels can dramatically affect our ability to achieve employment goals.
On this three-week course from the Mental Health Foundation, you’ll learn more about the importance of psychological wellbeing. From the impact of stress and burnout to legal issues around the duty of care, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to promote an open and healthy working environment.
Discuss the mental health continuum and what it means for the workplace
Psychologists now see our mental health as existing on a continuum, which ranges from thriving, through surviving, to crisis. Any movement along this continuum will impact our motivation and productivity.
In Week 1 of the course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the mental health continuum and the wider landscape of mental health in the workplace and beyond.
Investigate the impact of stress and burnout at work
Burnout is a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Early intervention and stress management is essential to prevent employees from reaching this state.
Examining real case studies of stress and burnout, you’ll learn how to notice and act when a colleague is overworked.
Develop strategies for creating a psychologically safe hybrid workplace
In a hybrid working environment, it can be even harder to spot when a colleague is struggling. As they introduce you to best practices for promoting psychological safety, your course leaders will pay particular attention to the mental pressures of the hybrid workplace.
You’ll finish the course with the safeguarding and sensitivity training you need to support your colleagues and make a difference on an individual level.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Assess the role of the workplace in preventing poor health and understand the moral, legal and economic reasons to do so.
- Develop our understanding of what mental health is, as well as how it can and does change over time.
- Explore the stress response and the risks of prolonged or excessive stress.
- Discuss the role of stigma in worsening the mental health epidemic.
- Identify members of our society who are at higher risk of developing mental illness.
- Reflect on the factors which contribute to a psychologically safe workplace.
- Explore key workplace policies and procedures which have an impact on wellbeing.
- Identify the ways in which a line manager can support their team's wellbeing.
- Improve interpersonal skills of listening to our colleagues and noticing changes in them.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in delving deeper into issues of mental health and wellbeing, and in developing strategies for promoting a psychologically safe working environment.
It will be particularly useful for team leaders, managers, or HR professionals.
Who developed the course?
The Foundation works to prevent mental health problems. We drive change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental Health at Work is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Foundation.
Endorsers and supporters
Learners who joined this course have also enjoyed these courses.