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Managing for Mental Health (1) Background and Basics – training course

Course Overview

Promoting positive mental health in the workplace is a no-brainer when it comes to developing and retaining staff and enabling them to work at the top of their game.

Managers are in a unique position to make a positive difference: promoting, supporting and sustaining the mental health of their teams.  They play a critical role in picking up the signs of mental ill-health – early intervention and keeping employees well are more cost-effective than dealing with long-term problems. Yet even fewer HR respondents (29%) believe the managers in their organisations are confident and competent to spot the early warning signs of mental ill-health.

This interactive session is designed to provide the background needed to help managers do just that.

High-impact training

Our interactive, two-hour training courses get straight to the heart of a topic and provide actionable steps to implement the key learning points.

Courses are delivered in-company by our subject experts either face-to-face or virtually.

Participants on managing for mental health will be able to

  • Understand the importance of promoting positive mental health in the workplace
  • Recognise personal triggers and risk factors for mental ill-health
  • Recognise work triggers for mental ill-health
  • Understand the difference between “normal” stress and mental illness
  • Spot early warning signs of imbalance and stress overload
  • Understand some of the most common mental illnesses experienced at work
  • Recognise and explore maladaptive coping strategies

Attendees say

Honestly, this course was really eye-opening for me and has helped me understand what I need to do to look after myself and therefore be a better source of support as a manager.

1st class. Wonderful. Great presenter.”

“Extremely well organised, enjoyed the discussions with colleagues, very informative, good real-life case studies.”

Clients say

“We have been working with Paul and his team at BiteSize Learning for over two years now and we are delighted with their service.”

Mariella Giancola, Head of HR, British Antarctic Survey

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  • 120 minutes
  • For managers
  • Face-to-face and virtual
  • Interactive - group activities and discussion
  • Typically 4-15 participants
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One of the best training courses I’ve attended – really engaging trainer, who was really friendly and gave great relevant examples, to help make the leadership styles feel real.


Attendee on Leadership Styles


“Really brilliantly led, interactive and relatable.”


Attendee on Building Resilience – background and basics


I’m glad we decided to go ahead with this, the importance of investing in your team is that much greater in an increasingly remote & distributed workplace. 

Richard Gunn, COO Hyperexponential




My role as a new manager would be much harder had it not been for this course.

Attendee on Building and Leading Great Teams



The energy of Catherine was wonderful, for a course that needs people to feel motivated we couldn’t have asked for more.

Attendee on Presentation Skills



It has been great to learn as we go together and to partner with a team who really listens, is flexible and responsive to our needs, and provides us with brilliant training resources.

Verity Stroud, Learning and Development Manager at Miller Insurance Services


This course was really eye-opening for me and has helped me understand what I need to do to look after myself and therefore be a better source of support as a manager.

Attendee on Managing for Mental Health


Very interesting content and applicable in real-life situations. The trainer was excellent – knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining.

Attendee on Creative Problem Solving


Open, engaging, fluid, and informative. A nice balance of allowing our group to collaborate and share, with trainers  really serving as guides with occasional course correction.

Attendee on Leadership Styles


Structure, hints, and tips were useful. Discussions were open and the trainer was very friendly and engaging and made sure everyone participated.

Attendee on Time Management


The 1-1 coaching sessions were incredibly valuable and led to a significant increase in effectiveness at work. I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul for 1-1 coaching.

- Steven Fisher Markel International

Fast-paced, interesting, relevant, and practical content. Good structure of talking and breakouts, the time flew by.

Attendee on Building Resilience



Just another thank you from me for today’s session. Went down really well and people were talking about the models and continuing the discussion throughout the afternoon.

- Fiona Andrews Partner and Head of Organisation Development, Towergate Insurance

Paul has exceptional ability to take on and manage complex and sensitive programmes with an eye to the constraints of budget. The quality of advice to the business-leaders was first-rate. I would not hesitate to work with Paul and his organisation again.

- Stephen Bates MD - Managing HR Initiatives

I value working in partnership. We have built a relationship that has led to pilots, tweaks and better results. I would recommend BiteSize Learning for their delivery and understanding of client’s needs.

- Andrea Farrell Head Organisational Development and Learning Manager, University of The Arts London

“I wanted to say a big thank you for the training you ran for us last Friday. The feedback has been universally positive, and it was certainly one of the best training sessions I’ve ever attended.. I think it gave many people some tools to be much more confident in interacting, which was exactly the aim!”

- Hannah Purves Claims Director, Markel International

“This is definitely the way forward for management training, as far as I am concerned.”

- Professor Niamh Moran Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland