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Mental Health Awareness

Thursday, 23 May 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Mental Health Awareness


Mental Health AwarenessGain the confidence to deal with staff who may be experiencing mental health problems.
There tends to be great variation in the level of awareness of mental health issues within workplaces. HR and Managers need to be able to recognise and understand some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental health conditions within the workplace to enable compliance of the 2010 Equalities Act.
A workplace that is positive about mental health supports the wellbeing of all employees, and encourages openness about mental health problems. Many organisations lose the skills and experience of capable employees who feel they have no choice but to choose between a deterioration of their mental health or leaving their employment. This course raises awareness of the most common mental health disorders, enabling delegates to recognise some of the associated signs, symptoms and behaviours and learn the most effective ways of managing a member of staff with either a suspected or diagnosed mental health condition.
This course also raises awareness of the stress response and how it impacts on mental health.



Session 1

·         Welcome & introduction to the day

·         Mental Health – clarity of definition

·         Mental Health disorders and causes

Session 2

·         Medication awareness

·         Mental Health behaviours

·         Understanding stress and its relationship with Mental Health

Session 3

·         The difference between stress & pressure

·         Ill health and presenteeims

·         The Equality Act 2010

·         Reasonable adjustments and disability relating to Mental Health

Session 4

·         Hints & tips for ‘difficult’ conversations

·         Developing a positive culture around Mental Health

·         Support available for individuals

This training day will run from 10:00-16:00 with three scheduled breaks throughout the day including lunch


Ann McCracken

Ann is an experienced and highly successful scientist, educationalist, speaker, writer, trainer, coach
and therapist. She specialises in developing positive and resilient work cultures in organisations through
effective performance and wellbeing strategies. An employee wellbeing expert, her post-graduate published
research in immunology has given her great insight into the recently publicised topic of psycho-neuroimmunology
which explores and explains the interactions and impact of stress, wellbeing, mental
toughness, optimism and resilience.
Ann was a research scientist for ten years and, after teaching, began working as a coach and
therapist in 1998. Since then she has built a wealth of experience as a consultant and has become a highly
sought after speaker and chair for conferences, including chairing the Symposium Wellbeing and Stress
Summit for the last four years. Her extensive work delivering training now includes two new and exciting
Symposium workshops on mental health awareness and personal and organisational wellbeing and
Ann is the current vice-president and former chair of the International Stress Management
Association (ISMA), a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and a member of the Chartered
Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Institute of Biology. She holds a BSc in biology and
MSc in immunology from the University of Edinburgh, both with honours, and is an associate member of the
Royal College of Pathology.


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Thursday, 23 May 2019
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hampton by Hilton Waterloo
157 Waterloo Road
London, Lambeth SE1 8XA United Kingdom
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