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Mental Health Awareness

Monday, 6 June 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Mental Health AwarenessGain the confidence to deal with staff who may be experiencing mental health problems.

Mental Health AwarenessHR and general 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.

Delegates will learn the most effective ways of managing a member of staff with either a suspected, or diagnosed, mental health condition.

  • An HR professional
  • Wellbeing manager
  • Health, safety, occupational health profofessional

Five key things you will learn on this course:


Understand the stigma that surrounds mental health


Appreciate the key areas of legislation and the impact on businesses, including the implications of the Equality Act 2010 and the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace


Improve your understanding of the way stress impacts on mental health


Recognise and understand some of the most common signs, symptoms and behaviours of mental health conditions within the workplace


Gain the confidence to deal sensitively with colleagues who may be experiencing mental health problems


Session 1. Refresh your understanding of acute and chronic stress and its relationship to mental health
Session 2. 16 mental health illnesses and conditions
Session 3. Signs, symptoms, causes and interventions
Session 4. Treatments and medication
Session 5. Key skills and useful techniques

  • Helpful memory aids – ALGEE and LEAP – to increase confidence to communicate sensitively about mental health issues and emergencies
Session 5. Mental health and the law

  • Summary of the main areas of legislation and the impact on businesses
  • The implications of the Equality Act 2010 and the duty to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace


Ann McCracken

Wellbeing and Stress Management Consultant

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-neuro-immunology which explores and explains the interactions and impact of stress, wellbeing, mental toughness, optimism and resilience. In her book, Stress Gremlins (2005), Ann demystifies the word ‘stress’ and takes a down to earth approach to dealing with life’s everyday hassles, offering new insights into managing stress and a dynamic approach to tackling the challenges on a much broader, accessible scale.

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 five years. Her extensive work delivering training now includes two new and exciting Symposium workshops on mental health awareness and personal and organisational wellbeing and resilience.

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.

What are people saying?

Here is just some of the feedback left by previous attendees:

  • “Great discussion. Excellent, personal and informative trainer – provided useful anecdotes.”
    Head of HR, SKY
  • “Good interaction within the group. Ann was a knowledgeable trainer – great background and great stories.”
    HR BP, Centurylink

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Mental Health Awareness - 6 June 2016
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