Archive for January, 2018

EAP coaching and support services for line managers helps to create mentally healthy workplaces

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in News

EAP coaching and support services for line managers helps to create mentally healthy workplaces

It is estimated that around one in six employees is depressed, anxious or suffering from stress-related problems at any one time. While we know that the workplace can be a contributory factor to these issues, research shows that well-trained leaders and line managers can have a powerful and positive impact in promoting and sustaining good mental health at work.

Clearly an important first step for employers is to ensure that line managers are trained in mental first aid so that they are better equipped to deal with difficult and challenging situations and are confident in having practical and engaging conversations with their teams on a regular basis.

But simply investing in training is not enough.

Developing mental first aid skills is a process that needs to evolve over time and it is therefore vitally important that post training support is also in place. While many employers understand the role of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) in providing counselling and support services for employees, there is much less awareness around the training, coaching and guidance services offered by EAPs for line managers specifically.

In the article, Neil Mountford, Chair of EAPA UK explores the ways in which EAP manager support services can help and urges employers to tap into our expertise and unlock the value of EAPs to support both employees and line mangers in better managing mental health at work.

You can read the full article here.

NEW publication! Managing traumatic events in the workplace

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in mental health

Managing traumatic events in the workplace

The stress, fear and anxiety that is experienced by individuals who experience a traumatic incident can be overwhelming in terms of the physical, emotional and psychological impact it can have. Individuals affected by trauma – whether it’s a fire, theft or sudden death in the workplace, natural disasters, terrorism or even organisational change – can be profoundly affected by their experience and for their employers, it can be difficult to know how to respond.

In a new factsheet from the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, written by Caroline Ribeiro-Nelson, experienced Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer and an executive member of the UK EAPA, the Association outlines the reactions that an individual may expect following a traumatic event. The factsheet covers the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and what managers should look out for following an incident. It also outlines steps that can be taken to support employees to recover and return to normal business operations, as well as the role of an EAP in supporting those affected by trauma.

You can download your own copy of this new factsheet here.

Mental health crisis facing UK

Written by Vicky Mulchinock on . Posted in mental health, News

Mental health crisis facing UK

Latest research from Aviva confirms the mental health crisis that the UK is facing, with half of UK adults (26 million people) admitting that they are unsure or uncomfortable about telling others if they have a mental health problem. Interestingly, in Aviva’s Wellbeing Report, the same number (47%) of UK adults said they were currently experiencing or have recovered from a past mental health condition.

“Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are an important part of the solution to this impending mental health crisis and can provide much needed support to individuals who are struggling with their mental health. EAPs are one of the quickest ways for people who are facing a wide range of mental health issues to access counselling and related support services.

“And given the current pressure on NHS primary care services, EAPs are particularly well placed to provide positive, professional support for people to help them identify and resolve personal issues that are affecting their mental health and may be impacting – or have the potential to – impact on job performance and the wider workplace,” said Neil Mountford, chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

You can read more about Aviva’s research here.

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