Local Authority workforce mental health training
PHE ePoster Library. Woodcock C. Sep 12, 2019; 274394; 197
Chris Woodcock
Chris Woodcock
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Abstract BackgroundThe workplace is a key setting in which to promote and protect mental health and a healthy workforce is a strategic priority for Durham County Council (DCC). Effective implementation of preventive strategies can promote better mental health and help avoid some of the immediate substantial costs of absenteeism and presenteeism that are associated with poor mental health.Aims Training staff with the knowledge and skills to improve mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental illness and suicide is a recommendation by the NHS and Public Health England (PHE). MethodAn employee health and wellbeing group chaired by the Director of Public Health and the Head of People and Talent management, have overseen an evidence based training programme based on PHE defined competencies. A targeted and tiered approach included:Mandated mental health and suicide awareness e-learning packages Mental health awareness training delivered to Chief Executive through all tiers of management. Target of 1000+ staff Mental health first aid to priority departments Stigma and discrimination - 80+ time to change champions Mindfulness –online coursesConnect 5 – trainer the trainer in key professionsThis has been endorsed by the Chief Executive, Corporate Directors and the Elected Member mental health champion.
A comprehensive internal communications programme has included the Chief Executive and key senior leaders championing mental health at work. Absenteeism rates have begun to fall and training uptake is high. Anecdotal feedback highlights the organisation has embraced good mental health at work. External funding details
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