Mindwise Northern Ireland delivers over 30 key services to more than 1000 people affected by mental health issues every day. They raise awareness, campaign for change, provide advocacy and advice, and train workplaces to better understand and support good mental health.
To mark the end of Mental Health awareness week we wanted to share a recent conversation the team at Vickerstock had with Fiona Scullion, Manager at MindWise Northern Ireland.
Fiona Scullion, who has been working with MindWise since 1996, is a Mental Health at Work Specialist; Personal & Executive Coach; Mental Health & Wellbeing Coach at WorkWise Northern Ireland.
Fiona kindly had a virtual chat with our Business Manager within the Health and Safety Sector, James Manley, and Marketing Executive Shaunagh Devlin to discuss ways in which Mindwise can support and manage employee wellbeing in the workplace. We also wanted to ask Fiona how the slow transition out of lockdown will impact employees within the workplace and what measures can be put in place by employers to ease this transition.
Fiona stated that working from home for individuals did come with its challenges and that was expected due to the immediate effect of Covid-19. However, as we now are coming out of lockdown and colleagues are now able to return to work, we are seeing a rise in the anxiety and uncertainty to return to the workplace. Therefore, at MindWise we have tailored training to prepare and support employees transition back into their office environment.
Fiona further went on to tell us of training programs offered by Mindwise Northern Ireland to cater for these immediate lifestyle changes across multiple industries;
“Here at Mindwise, we offer mental health training to employers through our ‘WorkWise program’. Many companies within Northern Ireland are currently using our services and it is important to note that our services are not only tailored to an office environment but also for employees on construction sites, manufacturing plants, and field roles”.
The following courses are suitable for all managers and HR professionals to support and manage employee wellbeing in the workplace;
Managing Stress and Building Team Resilience: Provides managers with information on managing stress within the workplace and ways of building resilience within their team.
Managing Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work: This course equips managers with information to support positive mental wellbeing in the workplace.
WorkWise for Healthy Teams: This course equips teams with strategies and tools to promote workplace wellness and improve effectiveness.
Coaching for Employee Wellbeing: This course provides leaders with the knowledge and skills to be able to coach individuals and teams effectively and improve employee wellbeing.
During our discussion, James Manley stated that within his role as a Health & Safety recruiter, many of these roles are centered around physical safety within a workplace. James further went on to say“Mental Health within workplaces is without a doubt being actively focused on, however, it is important to know that there are options out there for employers to further enhance the qualifications of their Health and Safety managers so they can provide not only physical health but also mental health support to all employees they manage."
For further information on these courses and the work, Workwise offer clickhere
Every day, MindWise supports 1000 people across Northern Ireland in their journey from mental health recovery to discovery. If you need help, do not be afraid to speak out, you are not alone. If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 help and support.
Lifeline 0808 808 8000
Childline 0800 1111
Samaritans 116 123
We are honored to support MindWise Northern Ireland.