Mental Health & Wellbeing Programmes

Wellbeing plays a huge role in the success of your business. It affects employee engagement, productivity and performance. We can help you create a healthier workplace and generate better business results.

In the workplace, there is still a great deal of ignorance around mental health issues, including uncertainty about how to recognise and react to mental illness. Mental health is estimated to cost UK employers the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in their workforce. According to the Centre for Mental Health, simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs.

We partner with your organisation to address the 3 components necessary to build an organisation where people thrive.

  • Prevent: Understand the working practices that set employees up for success
  • Nurture: Provide your people with the skills and resources required to be at their best
  • Support: Recognise mental health issues in the workplace and know how to provide support for those experiencing mental health difficulties

We offer a range of Mental Health & Wellbeing Programmes, adapted to meet the needs of your workplace.

Organisational Approach to Mental Health & Wellbeing

This programme is designed for your Management Team. You will gain a clear view of the factors affecting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and understand how these apply to your organisation. You will gain the knowledge to adopt the mental health core standards outlined in the Stevenson Farmer review:

  • Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
  • Develop mental health awareness among employees
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling
  • Provide your employees with good working conditions
  • Promote effective people management
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

The programme consists of 3 parts:

  1. 1. Mental Health Audit for your organisation
  2. 2. Management Team Workshop
  3. 3. On-going Consultancy to support the implementation of your Mental Health Plan

In the Management Team workshop we will review the results of the audit, consider the 3 components necessary to build an organisation where people thrive (below), and build your Mental Health Plan:

  • Prevent: Understand the working practices that set employees up for success
  • Nurture: Provide your people with the skills and resources to be at their best
  • Support: Recognise mental health issues in the workplace and know how to provide support for those experiencing mental health difficulties

Who Should Attend?

  • Management Teams / Leadership Teams / Board Members
  • HR Leaders

Format

  • On-going
  • Includes 1 day interactive workshop
  • Specific to your organisation

Mental Health Awareness

Developing mental health awareness among employees is a foundational part of your wellbeing strategy and is one of the mental health core standards outlined in the Stevenson Farmer review. This half day workshop provides a great kick-off point from which other mental health related activities can then build.

What Do Participants Learn?

Participants raise their awareness of mental health and wellbeing and becoming better equipped to look after both themselves and their colleagues:

  • Understanding of mental health and wellbeing
  • Advice on how to look after your own mental wellbeing
  • An overview of the most common mental health issues
  • Guidance on how to recognise the signs of poor mental health in others

Who Should Attend?

  • All associates

Format

  • 1/2 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Stress Management

Stress at Work is one of the largest causes of work related absence and can be indirectly responsible for other causes of absence such as mental health illnesses, musculoskeletal disorders and even physical illnesses such as flu. Not surprisingly, stress has been shown to have a negative impact on performance and relationships with colleagues. Understanding and better managing stress in the workplace results in a happier workforce and better business performance.

What Do Participants Learn?

Participants explore their own stress management and obtain some practical tools they can use to make long lasting changes to help manage stress at any time in the future. They also become better placed to help and support others:

  • What is stress?
  • Causes of stress
  • Reactions to stress
  • Building resilience
  • Developing coping techniques

Who Should Attend?

  • All associates

Format

  • 1 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Thrive at Work

Our mental wellbeing underpins our behaviour, our happiness and our performance. For organisations, improving the mental wellbeing of their people brings many benefits. Happy people are more creative, better at problem solving, better in leadership positions and take less time off sick. As such, improvements in mental wellbeing result in higher engagement, productivity and business results.

What Do Participants Learn?

Participants explore their own wellbeing and obtain some practical tools they can use right away to perform more effectively in their daily lives:

  • Understanding the brain
  • The body and mind system
  • Knowing their values, purpose and beliefs
  • Techniques for improving their own wellbeing
  • Building their own personal wellbeing toolkit

Who Should Attend?

  • All associates
  • Please see our ‘Thrive as a Leader’ workshop for a similar offering specifically designed for leaders

Format

  • 1 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Thrive as a Leader

Every organisation needs effective leaders. Leaders must be able to face new challenges, drive change and get the most from their teams. 

A leader’s mental well-being underpins their behaviour and performance. Mentally fit leaders better engage their teams, are more adept at driving change and are fully equipped to thrive during  challenging situations.

What Do Participants Learn?

Leaders explore their own wellbeing and obtain some practical tools they can use right away to perform more effectively in their daily lives:

  • Understanding their brain
  • The body and mind system
  • Knowing their values, purpose and beliefs
  • Increasing their resilience and reducing stress
  • Building their own personal wellbeing toolkit

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders
  • Please see our ‘Thrive at Work’ workshop  for a similar offering specifically designed for all associates

Format

  • 1 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Manage Thriving Teams

Managers make or break employee wellbeing. Equip your leaders with the skills needed to generate a culture of wellbeing, and the ability to recognise signs of poor mental health when they arise.

What Do Participants Learn?

Managers gain the knowledge, skills and key behaviours needed to lead thriving teams, aligned with the Thriving at Work core standards:

  • Understanding mental wellbeing and the link with performance
  • Creating a culture of wellbeing
  • Reducing burnout
  • Recognising signs of poor mental wellbeing
  • Conversational skills
  • Knowing what to do when a member of your team is suffering from poor mental health

Who Should Attend?

  • People leaders
  • HR

Format

  • 1 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Know Your Why

Research shows that less than 20% of leaders can articulate their own purpose. Enable your people to uncover the values that drive them and understand their own personal why. Explore the connection with organisational purpose and help them find clarity, meaning and purpose at work.

What Do Participants Learn?

Participants’ impact and engagement are maximised:

  • Finding their personal purpose
  • Discovering their unique values and satisfaction with living those values
  • Identifying their inner critic
  • Exploring how they can better live their values and purpose, at work and at home
  • Aligning on their team purpose (when workshop is run for an intact team)

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders
  • All associates

Format

  • 1 day
  • Experiential workshop
  • Instructor-led

Drop-in Coaching

This offers a support structure to improve the mental wellbeing of your employees on an ‘as needed’ basis.

A qualified coach is available in your workplace to discuss individual topics, assist with personal development and encourage wellbeing. Drop-in coaching offers an effective and efficient way to support the mental wellbeing of all people in your workforce. People benefit from the support of an external partner, with whom they can discuss personal issues in confidence. Willow & Puddifoot coaches work with individuals to explore specific issues and build their mental wellbeing toolkit. 

What Topics are Included?

Every coaching relationship is unique and built around the needs of each individual. The person will typically:

  • Bring their own personal topics
  • Discuss personal or professional challenges
  • Explore their own mental wellbeing
  • Try out wellbeing techniques to support their personal needs

Who Should Attend?

  • All employees, on an ‘as needed’ basis
  • Can be made available for a specific group

Format

  • 50-minute sessions
  • Our coaches are situated in your workplace for a select number of days per week or fortnight. People sign up for a 1-to-1 slot with a coach on an ‘as needed’ basis. 

1-to-1 Leadership Coaching

A Willow & Puddifoot 1-to-1 coaching programme supports an individual to achieve a level of performance and wellbeing that likely would not be possible if left to their own devices. 

The coach will work with the person on their own personalised goals and support them to experiment with selected mental wellbeing techniques. By supporting the leader over a period of time, the coach will help them to establish goals, assist with personal growth and develop new ways of thinking.

What Topics are Included?

Every coaching relationship is unique and built around the individual’s needs. The person will typically: 

  • Bring their own personal topics
  • Get to know themselves – their values, purpose, inner leader and inner critic
  • Discuss personal or professional challenges
  • Explore their own mental wellbeing
  • Develop, test and evolve their own wellbeing toolkit

Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders
  • High potentials
  • Those taking on new and challenging roles

Format

  • Can be offered stand alone or integrated into a leadership development solution
  • Typically consists of a series of 50-minute coaching sessions, per person
  • Coaching sessions can be held face-to-face or by virtual meeting (via Skype, FaceTime etc)