The area of mental health can be a confusing and scary topic to approach in the workplace. After all, the human brain and its functioning are still largely a mystery.
This Peer Support training has been developed so a select number of your staff can be specifically trained to become Peer Supporters. They will be able to understand mental health and the role the brain plays in this better, and actively support colleagues who are affected by mental distress.
Peer Supporters are employees who are trained to support their colleagues when they are experiencing work-related or personal problems. A Peer Supporter’s support may include referring colleagues to appropriate support services or to people in the workplace who can help. As a Peer Supporter, your trained staff can assist with addressing workplace mental health issues. In doing so, you as an employer can help reduce stigma; increase accessibility and connection; and have go-to people available in-house for staff who are experiencing difficulties.
Peer Supporters will providing social, practical and emotional support, which can be invaluable for colleagues who may feel “lost”.
As an employer, the benefits of running a Peer Support Program and Training are numerous:
- Peer Supporters are generally available in-house; early assistance and intervention can prevent bigger issues
- Peer Supporters are part of the business, so understand the “mechanics” of the business and can provide tailored support
- Peer Supporters assist with creating a culture of support while decreasing stigma
- Peer Supporters know where to go for assistance, and can be a good “first line of defence”
- Peer Supporters themselves will grow in their capabilities through ongoing support and training, and therefore become role models for positive change.
- Absenteism and presenteism numbers will most likely decrease because of the Peer Supporters’ early intervention.
By the end of this Peer Support training program, Peer Supporters should be able to:
- Define mental health
- Identify symptoms of mental health problems
- Know and understand why it is important to support mental health in the workplace
- Apply strategies to support mental health at work, and connect with their colleagues when they think they are not doing well
The workshop can be conducted in different formats. The most sought-after format is about 3.5 hours in length. Customisation for your business is available and can range from a few hours to a few days.
Pricing of the workshop depends on the number of attendees (capped at 15 in any one group); the level of training detail desired by you; the amount of training hours requested; the amount of trainings per day, as well as the location of the training.