health counsellor to lead Highbridge advice event for local firms
across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited
to an evening workshop to help them address mental health issues
within the workplace.
workshops are being held in venues across Somerset with the local
one being held on Monday 27th March from 6-8pm at Highbridge Enterprise
Centre in Highbridge.
sessions are being run by Devon & Somerset Trading Standards
Service in partnership with New Leaf Life Design, a Taunton-based
accredited counselling provider, and Mindful Employer, an initiative
run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust to help staff who have a mental
research shows that employees in only 37% of Small and Medium Enterprises
would tell their employer if a mental health issue was the reason
for an unplanned absence.
aim of these sessions is to raise awareness of mental health conditions
in the workplace and to help employers understand the issues and
get the right balance between supporting their staff and meeting
the needs of their organisation.
Wright, lead trainer at New Leaf Life Design, pictured, said:
"We know in the UK almost one in three people have experienced
mental health issues while in employment. Mental ill-health is one
of the leading causes of sickness absence in the UK, costing an
average of £1,035 per employee per year."
need to change this by raising awareness of mental health for employers
in SMEs in Somerset."
David Hall, Somerset County Councils Deputy Leader with responsibility
for Trading Standards, added: "We are pleased to be able to
help employers support their staff with these training and information
aim is to promote a positive approach for employers so they are
better prepared and have the tools needed to address mental health
within the workplace if and when they occur."
sessions will also help employers provide support networks, information,
and to create a working environment where staff members can feel
more able to talk about mental health.
Becky Wright, lead trainer at New Leaf Life Design