It’s been an exciting few months at Paycare HQ as we’ve been busy putting the finishing touches to our brand-new service, focused entirely on promoting positive mental health!
That’s right – our new area of support, Paycare Wellbeing, has been specifically designed to offer fully qualified training to help employers and their staff identify, manage, and support mental health at work.
Headed up by our very own Kerry Mitchell, who qualified in London with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England as a National Trainer, we’ll proudly be offering employees and businesses across the Midlands and beyond access to training for mental health awareness and Mental Health First Aid.
Each course is designed for between 15 and 20 delegates and can be delivered at an organisation’s own site and at Paycare HQ, with programmes varying in commitment from two full days to lighter touch half day awareness sessions.
Kerry joined us earlier this year and shares our passion for mental health awareness. It’s been a subject close to her heart, having experienced poor mental health herself and working alongside many people who have struggled.
“I often see shoulders relax when I share my own experience and encourage people to share the air whilst I’m delivering training.
“When Ant and Dec supported mental health on their show to get Britain talking, I was beyond thrilled. It’s what the whole world needs — to feel free and comfortable to talk without any judgement.
“While we’ve come a long way over the last few years, it’s a subject many people still find difficult to talk about, as well as being isolating. My new role at Paycare is perfectly aligned with my own ambition to help as many people as possible, and I’ll be travelling the length and breadth of the UK to deliver this hugely important message to people at all levels of employment.”
Mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers almost £35 billion last year1.
“It’s hugely costly for businesses to ignore mental health, but it’s also an approach that simply isn’t suited to the way we live and work today. Our new courses are a real extension of Paycare’s focus on prevention rather than cure, and allow employers to enter a new decade with a fresh approach to mental health within their workplaces.
“One in four people will suffer a condition in their lifetimes and with a large portion of these due to, worsened by, or present during work it’s vital that employers take training and support like this seriously. It could be the difference between a high performing, supported and motivated work environment, or one that’s likely to have higher levels of disengagement, poor performance and reduced productivity.”
We’re absolutely delighted to have you on board Team Paycare Kerry, and look forward to what next year brings! 🙌
1 | Centre for Mental Health, 2019 | https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/mental-health-problems-work-cost-uk-economy-ps349bn-last-year-says-centre-mental-health