Sue Colton

Mental Health First Aid Triage

Never in our lifetime has our collective mental health been in such sharp focus.  Never in many of our lifetimes has our personal mental health been subject to such oscillation; the most exposed and precarious measure of how we feel minute by minute and day by day.

Mental Health Facts

Mental illness is the largest single source of burden of disease in the UK.  No other health condition matches mental illness in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence and breath of impact. Around 25% of people experience mental health issues in a given year. Around 20% of working age adults are depressed, anxious or experiencing stress related problems at any one time. Around 1 in 5 middle managers have felt stress for more than a year, and 1 in 10 are close to breaking point.  However, these are all pre-COVID facts! The impact of the pandemic on mental health has yet to measured but is already being felt!   How does it feel for you, and in your business? 

 Workplace Mental Health Hotspots

  • Line managers are expected to nurture the wellbeing of their teams. How do they know what to look out for, particularly if working remotely? Where do line manager’s go if they are concerned?  Who listens to them and looks after their well-being?
  • How do you support and look after the mental health of your absent employees, especially those on long term sick? How do you support the mental rehabilitation of those suffering with ‘Long COVID’, especially when needing to  return to work? How do you support remote or furloughed workers that might be struggling or ‘scared’ to return to work?
  • How do you support those in fear of or at risk of redundancy ? How do you manage the outplacement of those made redundant? How do you support the mental health of those that have ‘survived’, to ensure engagement with work is maintained? How do you support those suffering from ‘moral injury’? How do you inspire and motivate your remaining employees?
  • How do you support and encourage remote or segregated teams to work collaboratively and when support is needed for their fellow employee’s mental health? How do you manage team dynamics when managing conflict?  How do you support the revised or forgotten behavioural skills training of your employees post Covid?

 Examples of Interventions

  • The ‘talking cure’ has long been known as the primary effective psychological therapy for mental health issues. We want to provide a space where people (either individually or collectively) can feel confident to talk openly about their problems, and benefit from gaining at least a greater awareness of the tools, techniques, and resources available.
  • This might be in the form of 1:2:1 phone support to anyone in your business in need of help, from any of the above categories; from those off-sick, on furlough, at risk or redundancy or managing others. We can help signpost where other more specialist help might be needed or just be a listening ear that can suggest more immediate tools and techniques to aid mental health recovery. We can also provide well-being support in group scenarios.
  • We can work with your HR team, any Employee Assistance Programme, as well as any Health & Safety support providers to ensure you safeguard your employees and uphold your duty of care. This might also include working with you to enable increased employee engagement and motivation going forward, whilst we work towards a calmer future.

Our Expertise/Experience

Our team all have a psychology background and are professional qualified in their area of expertise;  some are accredited Mental Health First Aiders, and all recognise the emotional support needed in current times.  We are also typically qualified behaviour assessors/psychologists.  We have worked with people at various job levels and stages of their careers, providing support to individuals and companies across many industries and size of business.

Please call Sue Colton, Director of SJC Consulting on 0780 3137820 or email: sue@suecolton.co.uk