Article summary: PETA is hosting this course - which NEBOSH have recently updated to incorporate relevance to the events and effects of the coronavirus pandemic - for the first time, following interest from health and safety professionals for a course appropriate for those with management responsibilities.
This a one-day, Level 2 course is being offered both in-centre and online, depending on your preference. The course, which has been designed by NEBOSH for HR specialists and H&S professionals as well as those with management responsibility, is an introduction to the topic of wellbeing at work and aims to answer the question: How do we help colleagues/employees who are struggling with their mental health in the workplace?
It is hoped that this course will plug the gap between the Mental Health FIrst Aid courses that we offer (which take a first look at the topic of mental health, how we identify the issue and help encourage colleagues to seek help by talking to friends and family) and our Workplace Wellbeing course, which is specifically aimed at managers who are leading teams, helping them understand what wellbeing is and how they can help their team enhance their productivity, morale and commitment, as well as their work-life balance.
According to NEBOSH, research has shown that good wellbeing can:
- reduce staff turnover
- reduce sickness absence
- reduce accidents and injuries
- increase employee satisfaction and engagement
- increase productivity
The effects of the pandemic on mental health
The coronavirus pandemic has had extensive and far-reaching effects on the entire population, although these effects may have taken their toll more heavily on some than others. From causing slight inconveniences to severely affecting elements of people’s lives, the pandemic has caused mental ill-health for many.
This could affect people in the workplace in many ways, from those losing their jobs, being furloughed for long periods of time or experiencing job insecurity, to those struggling to deal with the changes the pandemic has presented such as prolonged periods of working from home, the challenges of technology, limited contact with colleagues and juggling home schooling with work to name just a few.
A briefing report on Covid 19 and the nation’s mental health was released by the Centre for Mental Health in October 2020. It described a model that they’ve developed in collaboration with NHS colleagues, which predicts that up to 10 million people - almost 20% of the population - will need either new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the crisis.
Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Mind carried out a research study that was published in June 2020 entitled The mental health emergency: How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health? The study found that:
- More than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health has gotten worse during the period of lockdown restrictions, from early April to mid-May.
- Restrictions on seeing people, being able to go outside and worries about the health of family and friends are the key factors driving poor mental health. Boredom is also a major problem for young people.
- Loneliness has been a key contributor to poor mental health. Feelings of loneliness have made nearly two thirds of people’s mental health worse during the past month, with 18–24 year olds the most likely to see loneliness affect their mental health.
Learn with us
At PETA, we offer training that encompasses current topics, coupled with detailed theory and real-life exercises. Our team of trainers are skilled and knowledgeable professionals who have experience of the workplace as well as a teaching background.
Our courses are offered in-house at our Portsmouth training centre and our facilities are second-to-none. We are COVID-secure and will ensure social distancing and other safety measures are enforced at all times. We can also offer our courses remotely online for those preferring to learn from home for the time being.
NEBOSH Working with Wellbeing introduces the concept of the NEBOSH 'wellbeing tree', which considers six key areas of wellbeing - Interaction, Exercise, Mindfulness, Nutrition, Kindness and Learning. The course covers the following topics:
- what ‘wellbeing’ is and why it matters
- the different factors that can positively and negatively impact wellbeing
- the benefits of achieving good worker wellbeing
- practical initiatives that can improve wellbeing
- how to measure the effectiveness of wellbeing initiatives
The teaching element of the course will last around six hours and at the end, participants will be expected to complete a one-hour assessment which will confirm their understanding of the course content and their ability to apply it to their workplace. This will involve the participant reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of each area of wellbeing within their workplace and then producing a wellbeing intervention plan, explaining how its effectiveness will be evaluated.
The first NEBOSH Working with Wellbeing course will take place on Tuesday 11 May 2021. The course will be held at PETA’s Portsmouth training centre, commencing at 9.15am. Book your place today or get in touch to find out more about the course, to discuss future dates or to enquire about attending the course in an online capacity.
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