Date and time: Fri, 24 July 2020, 11:00 – 12:15
Event type: Virtual support
As a business owner you know that your staff are your most important asset and ensuring your workforce is fit and well – including their mental health - has never been more important.
Dealing sensitively with staff illness and long-term absence has always been a challenge for smaller businesses lacking the HR support and protections larger firms enjoy. And while an upset stomach or the sniffles is one thing, when the illness is not ‘physical’ but mental, it can seem a far more thorny subject for businesses to approach.
Join FSB for this virtual session with a panel of mental health experts looking at the common types of issues employees present with, how managers and team leaders should handle the situation sensitively, and look at the measures firms can take to make mental health less of a taboo subject in the workplace to start with.
Following the devastation of coronavirus, nobody really knows how the nation’s collective mental health will cope with the increased stresses and strains of life, so while we can only second guess that this will be more of an issues tomorrow, now’s the time to prepare. As a business owner you know that your staff are your most important asset and ensuring your workforce is fit and well – including their mental health - has never been more important.
This session will help you as a business to:
- Encourage you and your staff to look after their mental well-being
- Show you where and how to access advice and guidance specifically for employers on mental health issues
- Encourage your team to talk about ‘issues’ before they become full blown ‘problems’
- How to prevent staff from going on long term sick leave
- How to start conversations about mental health
- Warning signs for managers to look out for
- Common issues faced by employers
On the panel we have:
Chris Minogue, from Greater Manchester’s Working Well programme
Christine Husbands, Managing Director at RedArc who provide FSB Care for members
Jason Bromley, Senior Manager, Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind
Chrissie Gibson, Deputy Director, Stockport & District Samaritans
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For general enquiries regarding the event, please email rose.buckle [at] fsb.org.uk or telephone 07917 628 916.
For any difficulties experienced connecting to the webinar, please contact Samuel Yates on 01253 336016.
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We want to take a moment to send a big thank you to Leigh Drennan who in his recent mayoral role in Tameside donated £2500 to TOG Mind in the memory of Curtis Higgins. Hugely appreciated and a great help at this difficult time for so many.
Our Buddy Project buddies do some really fantastic work and we couldn't be more proud of them. One of our recent volunteers who has now gone onto paid employment within mental health gave us an insight into their experiences working with the Buddy Project.
"My experience as a buddy for the Buddy Project has been extremely rewarding and life changing. Throughout my role as a buddy volunteer I have gained invaluable hands on skills, knowledge and experience with clients on a 1 to 1 basis.
I now have invaluable skills and knowledge within the mental health field which is something I was really keen to get to gain. I have also had the opportunity to complete a number of training courses and also gained a nationally recognised level 2 qualification all of which as a volunteer was available to me free of charge.
I've also had experience with the brilliant manager of the Buddy Project Kelly Smith shadowing her and seeing exactly what goes on behind the scenes to make all of this amazing work happen which was very interesting and just another opportunity which the Buddy Project had to offer! I would highly reccomend being a buddy volunteer to anyone who is interested in the mental health field and helping others as this has been an extremely rewarding experience helping clients to become more at ease within society and helped me to achieve my goal of working in a paid role within mental health."
Please help us to help others - Have a say, feedback and support your local mental health charity. If you have accessed any of our services in the last few months, it would be a huge help if you would take a few minutes to complete this short survey.
At the end of July, two people will be selected (one for each survey) to receive a £20 Amazon Gift Voucher. Your feedback and suggestions are hugely important to us and help to ensure we continue to provide support locally in the best possible way for local people.
Adults Services Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MBGT3K9
Children and Young People’s Services Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/N6JSLRK
Great News! St George’s CE Primary School, Mossley are the latest Tameside school to have achieved the AcSEED Award
The AcSEED Award is presented to schools that meet the AcSEED criteria for emotional wellbeing and mental health support.
In order to achieve the Award, schools are required to evidence wellbeing support and provision across an extensive set of criterial including Emotional Wellbeing Education, Working With Parents and Leadership and Management.
In their observations AcSEED highlighted areas in the application that they were particularly impressed with, these included:
- Working with TOG MIND.
- Governor Pastoral Committee.
- Behaviour Policy.
- Peer Massage.
- Mindfulness sessions.
- TOG Mind mental health training for Y6 leaders.
- Support display.
- Meetings in family home with learning mentor.
- Play/Art/Lego therapy.
- Number of Staff accredited with Youth Mental Health First Aid Award.
At TOG Mind we would like to offer our congratulations to all at St George’s in achieving this award. It is testament to your hard work and commitment to looking after the wellbeing of the children, staff and wider community linked to your school.
For further information about the AcSEED Award and how to apply please contact Ali Sparkes, email: alisparkes [at] togmind.org
Let's change the mental wellbeing conversation.
Changing the conversation around mental wellbeing and helping to remove the stigma can often be challenging work. Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind want to create a ripple of change locally and regionally with the roll out of their new Connect 5 – Live Online mental wellbeing training, working with the four other Mind branches across Greater Manchester (Mind in Greater Manchester Partnership), as well as providing a range of ongoing innovative help and support for all who sign up.
Connect 5 is a workforce training programme, created to up skill non-mental health staff to better understand and successfully address mental health issues within their everyday practice. The content provides an evidenced based collaborative prevention toolkit, that promotes psychological knowledge, understanding, awareness and the development of skills which empower people to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves. The training can be accessed by anyone who feels they would benefit from greater knowledge within their role to support others, be that hairdressers, taxi drivers, community groups, managers, landlords, support workers and volunteers.
“Everyone should feel enthused, equipped and empowered to promote and maintain our own and others mental wellbeing. The Connect 5 training ensures we know what helps or hinders our mental wellbeing, it increases our knowledge and confidence in improving and maintaining our mental wellbeing and in simple terms, helps us know when we need help and where to get it”.
Jenny Higson CEO at TOG Mind
For those interested, there is also the option to become a training provider within your area . TOG Mind are looking for people with local expertise who wish to explore this opportunity and sign up. A separate offer will be made available for any businesses who wish to up skill their staff in having effective mental health and wellbeing conversations, so there really is something for everyone.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Connect 5 training, can view a short trailer on the TOG Mind website here: http://www.togmind.org/connect-5 and also pick a training session and sign up.
If you or someone you know would like to access the Connect 5 Mental Wellbeing Training or TOG Minds various types of support and wellbeing opportunities, please call their office on 0161 330 9223, visit the website at: https://www.togmind.org/ or check out the Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TamesideOldhamGlossopMind
Did you know that our Youth in Mind team now have their own Instagram account? It's a great way to keep up to date with our Children & Young People team as they're posting regular updates.
You can check it out by clicking this link, make sure to give them a follow!
Mental Health Awareness Week this year runs from 18th - 24th May 2020, with the theme of kindness.
This year has so far, been filled with a lot of change and uncertainty so the theme of kindness, to yourself, a loved one or a stranger is so very important and timely. Looking after and taking care of ourselves and each other, particularly during difficult times such as those we have been experiencing recently is hugely important, especially for our mental wellbeing.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we will be running a 'Week of Kindness’. Sharing videos, stories, resources and tips daily that we have created as well as fantastic work from other organisations and partners, across our social media and website.
Please do look out for our uploads and shares throughout the week, let us know what you are doing to be kind to yourself, share your stories with us and consider helping others by passing on anything you thing will be useful to people within your family or wider network of friends.