Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of work-related ill health and 54% of working days lost in 2018/19, with an estimated cost of £5.2 billion to industry, individuals and the government.
(Health and Safety Executive, 2020) available at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/lfs/index.htm
However, according to a new WHO survey, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing. This survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services
(World Health Organisation, 2020) available at: https://www.who.int/news/item/05-10-2020-covid-19-disrupting-mental-health-services-in-most-countries-who-survey
It is probable therefore, that the statistics noted at the start of this summary are going to become even worse in the foreseeable future. In order to look after the mental health of ourselves and our employees, education is paramount. Specifically, by increasing knowledge, reducing stigma and signposting support services we can improve wellbeing, decrease illness and make positive gains to lifestyles and communities. This in turn will decrease working days lost and improve productivity in the workplace.
This one-day bespoke programme will be delivered online using Live Zoom. This method of delivery has been chosen to decrease the transmission risk of COVID-19. The day will be delivered by specialist staff, who will use various teaching methods including question and answer sessions, live polls, group discussions, small group work, PowerPoint presentations and more. A suggested itinerary follows:
09:00 – 09:15 hrs Welcome, registration, sensitivities & Chatham house rules (a rule or principle according to which information disclosed during a meeting may be reported by those present, but the source of that information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified). During this session participants will be asked to complete a Microsoft form registration document as proof of attendance for their employer.
09:15 – 12:00hrs (breaks included) An introduction to mental health and wellbeing. To include commonly seen mental health conditions, their consequences and the epidemiology of those affected. Particular emphasis will made to depression, anxiety and stress.
12:00 – 12:45hrs Lunch
12:45 – 16:00hrs (breaks included) Signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders and how to support those affected. Included in this session will be discussions regarding stigma, followed by details upon how to improve self-wellbeing and maintain a healthy mental lifestyle.
16:00 – 16:30hrs An online multiple choice question paper will be given to assess and reinforce knowledge of the topics taught throughout the day. Following this, online course evaluations will be completed, and attendance certificates emailed to participants.
In addition to certification, a tailor made, course specific workbook will be provided to all attendees, which includes information on common mental health disorders, signs and symptoms, treatments and contact details of local support services.
This course is specifically designed for the accepting organisation.
Teaching will be led by a registered Mental Health Nurse who has extensive experience working within secure mental health facilities in Wales. Supporting will be the Director of PRU Medical, a registered Paramedic with a particular interest in the prevention of suicide. Both staff are also employed in the Higher Education sector, teaching their specialist subjects to a professional standard. Therefore, the educational experience provided will be first class.