Mental Health – concepts, definition, Bio-psycho-social model of mental health. Mental health and mental illness, characteristics of a mentally healthy individual, Signs and symptoms of mental health issues, presentation of a mentally ill person. Work place – definition, concept, prevalence of mental health issues in the work place, why invest in workplace mental health, relationship between mental health and productivity, organizational culture and mental health. Case Study, Activity.
Mental Health Issues in the Workplace: Emotions, Common emotions at the workplace, Mental Health issues – Anger, Anxiety, Stress & Burnout, Depression, Addictions – Substance and Behavioural, Psychotic Disorders – Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Personality disorders. Crisis Situations – Suicidal behavior, panic attacks, reactions to traumatic events. Stigma and exclusion of affected employees. Other issues –work-life balance, Presenteeism, Harassment, Bullying, Mobbing. Mental Health First Aid – Meaning. Case Study, Activity.
Strategies of Help and Care: Positive impact of work on health, Characteristics of mentally healthy workplace, Employee and employer obligations, Promoting mental health and well being- corporate social responsibility (CSR), an inclusive work environment, Training and awareness raising, managing performance, inclusive recruitment, Supporting individuals-talking about mental health, making reasonable adjustments, Resources and support for employees – Employee Assistance Programme / Provider (EAP), in house counsellor, medical practitioners, online resources and telephone support, 24 hour crisis support, assistance for colleagues and care givers, Legislations. Case Study, Activity.