Bringing Mental Health First Aid and Digital Prevention into 2018

Did you know that employee mental health is a common trend in many different sectors? 45% of staff said they have thought about leaving their job due to stress. As this is such a widespread problem, employers should try to reduce stress. As an employer, you may want to take this seriously not just because your employees will be happier at work, but happier employees work harder. Focusing on the issue of employee well-being is good for employees, companies, and society at large. Yet, while the problem is clear, few have found a plan to support their staff and their emotional well-being.

Companies lose 70 million working days per year due to mental health problems. What if line managers knew how to spot mental health problems? Could they put a plan in place to help prevent such problems? Altruist offers training courses to help companies support their employees at work. They do this by giving staff information that shows them how they can help themselves and each other. Altruist offers a range of services, from hourly to weekly courses.

It is important that employers can bring up mental health, since 1 in 4 employees has a mental health problem. Most staff won't want to speak about what they are going through. If enough managers know about the issues, that will reduce stigma and people who need support, will seek it.

Not only has Altruist been able to offer companies mental health first aid, they have now also partnered with Thrive. Thrive focuses on the detection, prevention and self-management of common mental health conditions through digital means.

Katie Buckingham, founder of Altruist, said: “Mental health is still a taboo subject, and this desperately needs to change. We strive to build resilience and encourage positive action to prevent instances of work-related illness. We then equip managers with the right knowledge to spot the early signs of stress, as well as showing them how to approach the subject and provide the correct initial help. We are very excited to announce our partnership with Thrive who we will be able to signpost our clients to for support. This is not just vital for the individual concerned, but for the company as well, when you consider the costs that poorly managed problems of this nature can incur.”

Following the mental health training provided by Altruist, employers can then further their support by providing Thrive: Feel Stress Free to their employees.

Thrive: Feel Stress Free uses proven methods for the prevention, detection, and self-management of common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety, and mild depression. After using the app consistently for 8 weeks the majority of those with mild anxiety or depression recover. Using the app consistently also helps shorten the time it takes to get well again. The app also includes 24/7 support and is available when and where employees may need it.

Simon Jay, Business Partnership Manager at Thrive, said “Altruist Enterprises are an organisation I’ve been aware of for some time. Katie has a huge passion for what she does, and I’ve seen that first hand. When looking to speak to partners in the mental health training space, Altruist was an obvious choice, and I’m delighted to be working closely with Katie and her team to improve the education, awareness, and support available to employees across the UK.”

Prevention

The app detects issues before they become too severe. Thrive is not for the 1 in 4 struggling with their mental health, it is for the 4 in 4 of us. The exercises within the app, mood tracking and other features all help prevent common mental health conditions.

Screening

The app uses the PHQ9/GAD7 to screen for depression and anxiety. These tools are widely used in the NHS. From this daily screen the app can see if a user may have anxiety and or depression. The app then creates a personal plan in the app and directs users to the right support outside from the app.

Self-management

The app includes many forms of treatment from training in various relaxation techniques, to meditation to even games. It also learns over time what helps each person so there is something in for everyone. Each of the techniques are evidence-based, clinically proven and used in real life therapy to help manage common mental health conditions.

Together, Altruist and Thrive enable line managers to find signs of poor mental health and empower staff to manage their own mental health through digital apps. Could 2018 be the year where employee mental health becomes a priority?  For more information or to book mental health training, visit: altruistuk.com or to find out how Thrive can help you support your employees, visit www.thrive.uk.com.

Sam GlassComment