4 August 2021

Employees are burnt out, 81% want mental health support

The latest research findings accurately reflect the insights provided by our team of employee wellbeing coaches and counsellors at Wellbeing Partners: huge numbers of employees are feeling burnt out, with motivation and energy levels at a chronically low level; an overwhelming majority of employees (81%) want support with their mental health.

Wellbeing Partners have conducted more than 6,000 confidential counselling and mental wellbeing sessions with employees from hundreds of companies in the past 3 months, and the dominant themes have been:

  • low motivation
  • mental exhaustion
  • lack of concentration
  • low resilience
  • apathy
  • moderate to severe anxiety
  • low mood

Our own front-line observations are keenly backed by the latest research findings from a survey of more than 2,000 people commission by Lime Insurance. The findings identify:

  • 81% said they would like their employer to provide mental health support
  • 26% of those surveyed did not think they were coping with stress
  • 40% said they felt less resilient now than they did before the pandemic
  • More than half said they feel pressure to hide their mental health issues

Wellbeing Partners co-founder and director, Lou Campbell, said “burnout is sweeping the nation’s employees, who have largely been working extremely long hours and with very little work/life balance, to help keep their companies and organisations afloat over the past 18 months. Our large team of mental health professionals, who work exclusively with employees, have observed a huge increase in symptoms which can be described accurately as “having nothing more to give”. Another interesting development over the pandemic is the number of male employees coming forward to get support for their mental health. Men now make up approximately 50% of employees reaching out for our confidential mental wellbeing and counselling sessions, up from 28% prior to the pandemic. Employers have a duty of care to support their employees’ mental health – not just with reactive services like EAPs for those in crisis, but with proactive mental health support services such as confidential counselling and wellbeing coaching sessions which are self-serve, responsive, highly accessible and effective”.

Wellbeing Partners provide confidential One to One Wellness Sessions to the employees of hundreds of companies and organisations around the UK who are committed to the positive mental wellbeing of their staff. The sessions focus on the needs of the individual employee and can provide help with burnout, anxiety about returning to the workplace, relationship difficulties at work or home, sleep problems, bereavement, isolation, depression, alcohol/substance misuse, complex mental health issues, and more.

For more information or to trial our confidential One to One Wellness Sessions service, please contact [email protected] or go to www.wellbeing.partners for more information.

Navigating the New Normal

The New Normal offers us many challenges. The reality is that we are still living and working in an ongoing global pandemic.

With lockdown gradually lifting and organisations starting to plan a return to the workplace, a huge number of employees are anxious and uncertain about how to navigate the new normal. According to research:

  • 65% of people are anxious about returning to the workplace
  • 70% of people are anxious about using public transport

A very large number of people across the country are also concerned about returning to a frantic pace of life, are anxious about socialising after a long period of isolation, and many are worried about potential changes in social etiquette.

The good news is that there are many steps we can take to meet the varied challenges and flourish, both professionally and personally.  Our behavioural science team have created a one hour interactive workshop for employees called Navigating the New Normal:

  • Understanding the New Normal
  • Managing the Stress Response
  • How to Cope with:
    • Transport
    • Office / Workplace
    • Socialising
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
  • Techniques for reducing anxiety: Labelling and Grounding
  • Professional support
  • Self Care Action Plan
  • Communication Tips

For more information and to book the workshop for your employees, contact [email protected]

www.wellbeing.partners

Overcoming Negative Thoughts

  • One hour per week for 4 weeks
  • Daytime and evening courses available
  • Live, interactive and instructor-led
  • Online group of maximum 15 participants

Worry, rumination and negative thoughts are part of being human and we will all experience them from time to time. However, they can grow to become an issue that impacts our mental and physical wellbeing as well as our ability to function personally and professionally. When our thoughts become harmful to our wellbeing, they are called Cognitive Distortions.

This 4 week course, one hour per week, led by a fully qualified (MSc) cognitive behavioural science instructor / facilitator, provides participants with the advice, skills and exercises to manage their unhelpful thinking patterns, reduce anxiety, balance mood, build perspective and gain resilience.

Drawing upon the theoretical underpinnings of Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Psychology, the course utilises a blend of practices from CBT, resilience training, stress reduction, self-compassion, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to give participants a distinctive set of tools to help them respond to anxiety skilfully and with confidence.

This course will help to:

– Develop awareness around negative thinking patterns and how to respond to them
– Explore our relationship to thoughts, cognitive distortions, low mood and anxiety
– Teach practical skills and exercises to help us meet and reduce anxiety and low mood
– Cultivate self-compassion and resilience
– Utilise gratitude and emotional intelligence as balancing forces at times of duress
– Furnish practitioners with skills to take out into daily life and flourish

Course Price: £150 per person

Please email [email protected] if you’d like more information or to book your place on the course

Employee Mental Health Update

Whilst things seem to be feeling more positive for many people right now, there is evidence of a growing wave of mental health problems that have come as a consequence of the pandemic and life in lockdown. This supports our experience gained from running confidential employee counselling and wellness sessions with organisations across the country, where we also notice large numbers of employees experiencing extreme levels of work-related stress, rising numbers who are very anxious about the future and many who are worried about returning to the workplace.

There are two important mental health events on the horizon which present an opportunity for organisations to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees:

  • Stress Awareness Month: April 2021
  • Mental Health Awareness Week: 10-16 May 2021

Here are our five top sessions that dovetail with these important events to keep your employees healthy, productive, focused and creative over the coming months:

  • ‘Managing Change’: this 60 minute session looks at the inevitability of change in our professional and personal lives and explores how change can cause uncertainty and stress, how this is a normal reaction and how we can rise to the challenges of change, not only to manage, but to flourish
  • ‘From Anxious to Calm’: with anxiety disorders becoming ever more prevalent this 60 minute session provides employees with an in-depth understanding of anxiety, the most common triggers and tips and techniques for managing the mental and physical symptoms, including how to calm the mind and take good care of the nervous system.
  • ‘Reducing Stress and Enhancing Resilience’: this interactive 60 minute workshop provides practical tips and techniques for enhancing resilience to both short and long-term stress. Looking at the biochemistry of the stress response system, it introduces the concept of the ‘stress container’ to aid understanding of how to manage pressured situations more effectively.
  • ‘How to Improve your Mental Health’: drawing on evidence-based strategies and techniques, this 60 minute solutions focused session provides employees with practical steps, tips and advice to enhance all aspects of their mental health.
  • ‘Facing Anxiety and Flourishing’: this 4 week course, one hour a week, utilises a blend of practices from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, resilience training, stress reduction, self-compassion, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to give participants a distinctive set of tools to help them respond to anxiety skilfully and with confidence. The course can be run either in-house or people can join as part of an open course.

By way of introduction, Wellbeing Partners is the mental and physical wellbeing specialist, providing whole-person health programmes to organisations across the UK and around the world. We are a leading provider of stress management and full-service employee mental health services ( https://wellbeing.partners ) and have a full suite of integrated wellbeing solutions that focus on awareness, prevention and remedy. Our sessions are all live, interactive and on the online platform of your choice (currently) or in a bespoke pre-recorded Video Podcast format.

If you’d like to hear more about any of our sessions and master classes for any mental health and wellbeing initiatives or events you might be thinking of or planning for, please get in touch at [email protected] or call Nick Winfield on 07773 767248

23 February 2021

Facing Anxiety and Flourishing – starts Monday 15th March at 7pm

  • One hour per week for 4 weeks
  • Starts Monday 15th March at 7pm – 8pm
  • Live, interactive and instructor-led
  • Online group of between 10 and 15 participants

Worry, rumination and anxiety are part of being human and we will all experience them from time to time. However, anxiety can grow to become an issue that impacts our mental and physical wellbeing as well as our ability to function personally and professionally.

This 4 week course, one hour per week, led by one of our fully qualified cognitive behavioural science instructors / facilitators, provides participants with the advice, skills and exercises to manage their anxiety, build perspective and gain resilience.

Drawing upon the theoretical underpinnings of Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Psychology, the course utilises a blend of practices from CBT, resilience training, stress reduction, self-compassion, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence to give participants a distinctive set of tools to help them respond to anxiety skilfully and with confidence.

This course will help:

– Normalise anxiety
– Develop awareness around our triggers and how to respond to them
– Explore our relationship to thoughts, cognitive distortions and anxiety
– Teach practical skills and exercises to help us meet and reduce anxiety
– Cultivate self-compassion and resilience in the face of anxiety
– Utilise gratitude and emotional intelligence as balancing forces at times of duress
– Furnish practitioners with skills to take out into daily life to face anxiety and flourish

Course Price: £150 per person

Please email [email protected] if you’d like more information or to book your place on the course

Our Services

16 November 2020
MHFA mhfaonline

Online MHFA course – 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th December 2020

 

We are now taking bookings for the next Online MHFA Course, open to delegates from a variety of companies and organisations across different industries.

The course will be run by our very experienced MHFA instructor, who is also a wellbeing coach and qualified counsellor. It will be a very interesting, informative and well-run course.

Contents of the course:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of a range of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether through self-help resources, internal support such as EAP, or external sources such as their GP
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves safe while performing their duties

Get in touch for more information or to book your place on the course: [email protected]

 

15 October 2020

Four Ways to Employee Mental Wellbeing

With winter on the horizon and the prevailing uncertainty and restrictions of the pandemic, supporting employee mental wellbeing over the coming months is set to be a priority for many organisations as they look to keep their employees healthy, engaged and productive.

Here are four ways we can help you support the mental health and wellbeing of your employees during these uncertain and challenging times:

  • From ‘Navigating the New Normal’, ‘Regulating Anxiety’ and ‘Work / Life Balance During Homeworking’ through to ‘Healthy Habits’ and ‘Kindness and Self-Compassion’ we have a wide range of 60 minute topical sessions and master classes for your employees, to help them adjust to and thrive in this new working environment. All live and interactive on the online platform of your choice.
  • As the short days, grey skies and that feeling of winter dread creep in and disrupt our lives, we also have a selection of one hour seasonal sessions that provide practical, easy to implement tips and advice to help your employees maintain their mental health and wellbeing through winter and continue to perform at their peak. These include: ‘Beating the Winter Blues & SAD’, ‘Nutrition Strategies for Winter’ and ‘How to Strengthen Your Immune System’.
  • Now, more than ever before, line managers are at the frontline of mental health when it comes to their team members. Our customisable, two hour Mental Health Training for Line Managers course, is a live interactive session that provides managers with the information, skills and actions to support the mental health of their teams. From spotting the signs and symptoms if someone is struggling, to knowing how to have a supportive conversation and signposting on to the appropriate professional support, this short course is an absolute must for line managers at forward thinking businesses.
  • For your wider group of employees, our 90 minute ‘Talking Mental Health’ session is another live and interactive workshop that equips employees with knowledge about mental health, the basics around emotional support; and provides a range of tips and techniques to help employees improve and maintain their own mental wellbeing.

By way of introduction, Wellbeing Partners is the mental and physical wellbeing specialists, providing whole-person health programmes to organisations around the UK and across the world. We are the leading provider of stress management and full-service employee mental health services ( wellbeing.partners ) and have a full suite of integrated wellbeing solutions that focus on awareness, prevention and remedy.

Our New Research Assistant Helen Dawet

We are delighted to welcome our new Research Assistant, Helen Dawet, to the Wellbeing Partners team!

Helen recently graduated from Brunel University London with a first class BSc in Psychology, where she developed a strong interest and talent for research and experimental projects around human behaviour, mindfulness, empathy and improving mental wellbeing through the whole-person health approach.

Wellbeing Partners has seen spectacular growth this year, with employee wellbeing at the top of the agenda for many organisations, and Helen will be providing research support to our team of over 50 specialist presenters and clinicians across the fields of employee mental health and wellbeing, behavioural science, mindfulness, physical wellbeing, nutritional health, functional medicine and occupational health.

Welcome to the team, Helen!

11 June 2020

Mental Health First Aid Online

 

We are so excited to launch the new certified Mental Health First Aid Online courses!

The courses will be run over 4 x half days and we already have two open courses booked in, with our fully qualified and highly experienced MHFA Instructors:

9am to 1pm on Monday 29th June, Tuesday 30th June, Wednesday 1st July, Thursday 2nd July.

OR

9am to 1pm on Monday 27th July, Tuesday 28th July, Wednesday 29th July and Thursday 30th July.

Please get in touch at [email protected] for more information or to book!!

www.mindfulnessintheworkplace.org

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