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Look after your staff with Wellbeing in the Workplace
01/11/2018

​Employers from across Norfolk and Suffolk are being encouraged to help their staff look after their mental health and wellbeing by booking a free workshop.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Wellbeing Services are offering 'Wellbeing in the Workplace' sessions to help employers support staff to cope with mental health and emotional issues, such as stress, anxiety and low mood.

Delivered in the workplace and available across both Norfolk and Suffolk, they aim to teach techniques to build resilience so that people can better manage stress in times of difficulty. During the workshops, staff will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of stress as well as some of the things that cause it before looking at strategies which can help them to cope.

More information will also be available about the range of services which Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk offer for anyone who may need additional help, such as talking therapies, group sessions and one-to-one support.

Angela Norton, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney, delivers the courses. She said: “Latest research by mental health charity Mind suggests that about half of all employees are affected by poor mental health. However, many of those who experience stress, anxiety or low mood have not talked to their employer about it.

“We hope that these free workshops will provide employers with the skills they need to identify symptoms of stress among their employees, as well as the right tools and strategies to help them to cope. We deliver all of the sessions in the workplace, which means there is no need to travel, while the workshops can also be tailored to suit the requirements of each individual business.

“By safeguarding the emotional wellbeing of staff, the workshops can help employers to reduce sickness absences associated with mental ill health, in turn improving the efficiency of their business.”

Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk provide a range of support for people with common mental health and emotional issues, such as low mood, depression or stress. To find out more, visit www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or call 0300 123 1503.

To find out more about arranging a Wellbeing in the Workplace session for your staff, call 01603 421388 or email communications.wellbeing@nsft.nhs.uk

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk