A report by the Office for National Statistics suggests the wellbeing of more than 50% of adults in the UK has been negatively impacted by Covid-19, with many experiencing high levels of anxiety.
Meanwhile, workplace research shows one in three staff don’t raise mental health problems with their employers and that one in six experience a work-related mental health issue.
To answer these potential mental health crises, Claire Conlaund, who is the managing director of online training provider The Skills Network, has launched a package of free online mental health courses to help businesses tackle staff wellbeing issues during the pandemic.
She hopes the free courses will help to reduce the statistics by enabling employers to spot the signs of stress and anxiety much earlier on.
The package covers how both employers and employees can understand stress and anxiety, and how bosses can focus on support and awareness to manage both.
It has been put together from existing training material created by The Skills Network and used in partnership by well known organisations such as Primark, Thomson Reuters and Sodexo.
“The disruption and uncertainty caused by Covid-19 has significantly impacted our daily routines and, for employers, it presents unique challenges around staff wellbeing,” says Claire.
“Naturally, we are seeing stress and anxiety becoming more of a problem due to home working.
“Although we are in the middle of a global pandemic, we must help people manage stress and anxiety.
“We have created this free course package using key information we provide as training to global organisations because we want everyone to benefit from this advice.”
The free mental health package, which is designed for employers, includes three courses: Understanding Anxiety, Understanding Stress, and Stress Management.