How to switch off from work when you’re working at home

How to switch off your work mindset The ‘always on’ mentality is currently an increasing problem in our work culture. This has largely been attributed to advances in communication systems. After all we are now contactable 24/7. Whether that’s through our laptops, our phones or even our smart watches. So mentally switching off from work can be difficult, but this can be even more challenging if we are working at home. In the workplace, you would typically Read more…

Getting focused – How to separate your life and work mindset when working at home

Switching on your work mindset Performing well in terms of work requires a totally different mind state to the one we typically have in the home environment. If you’re used to leaving your home in the morning and commuting to work, there’s time for you to wake up fully and to start to mentally get ready for the work day ahead. Falling out of bed in the morning, making a cuppa and switching your laptop Read more…

How To Feel Less Isolated From Your Team – Remote Working During A Pandemic

How to Feel Less Isolated From Your Team The Coronavirus Pandemic is one of the greatest challenges the world has faced in modern history. There is a huge amount of uncertainty and fear.  People are struggling. Times are tough. Solidarity, compassion and connection are now more vital than ever. Yet the very strategy to stop the pandemic is separating people.  The shift to home working is a necessary step, but it will be a rough Read more…

Dealing with a Toxic Culture? Easy Actions to Increase Kindness in Your Workplace

Kindness at Work Throughout the generations, kindness in the workplace has not been a key priority.  If anything, the belief that it’s a “dog eat dog world”, and “you’ve got to be cut throat to stay ahead in business”, successfully oiled the wheels for a culture of employee backstabbing and competition for many years.   Thankfully people are fast waking up to the realisation that to achieve sustainable high performance,  an organisation’s workforce can not be viewed Read more…

UK Helpline Support Numbers – Who You Can Call in a Crisis

Helpline Support In A Crisis… In the UK we are lucky to have a number of support organisations that offer helpline support on the phone or online. They’re there for the times when someone needs to know at least one person in the world is hearing them. For the times when they need to rant or cry and know someone is with them for those moments. Helplines have helped to prevent many crisis situations from escalating and Read more…

Three Myths About the MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid Courses – Myths Versus Reality? Almost half a million people in the UK have now been trained in Mental Health First Aid and that number is rising daily. Small businesses through to multinational corporations are training up their staff and for good reasons.  Poor mental health has been estimated at costing UK employers £45 billion a year. This also doesn’t take into account the knock on impacts on staff morale and Read more…

What is a Mental Health First Aid Course?

Quick facts about the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course – What to expect The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is a two-day programme that typically runs from 9am-5pm on each day.  The course develops your skills and knowledge to be able to spot the signs if someone is struggling with their mental health and to know what to do to help them.   The MHFA syllabus covers a whole range of topics including Read more…

5 Key Questions to Pick the Right Mental Health First Aid Training Provider

Picking the Best Mental Health First Aid Training Provider for You You now have a wealth of choice when it comes to picking a Mental Health First Aid training provider for your group. They will all have the MHFA England Stamp of approval so does it really matter which one you choose? After all, according to the MHFA England licensing guidelines all Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses should be run in the same way. On Read more…

New Guidance for Employers and Employees on Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace

MHFA England has now launched their new best practice guidance for employers and employees. This document provides superb advice on how to effectively incorporate Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace. Using case studies from Thames Water, Royal Mail, WHSmith and other organisations it gives great examples of what does and doesn’t work. It’s well worth a read and if you’re in a position to start implementing this in your workplace do get in touch. Read more…