Mental Health Support

We think differently when it comes to mental health

A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’. But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should NOT be thought of as separate. They are intrinsically linked.

Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, mental ill-health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions.

Many lifestyle factors can influence the state of both our physical and mental health:

  • What we eat
  • How we move
  • Our workload
  • How we rest and recover
  • Our stress levels

Let us help you to invest time equally in the pillars of wellbeing: NUTRITION, ACTIVITY, SLEEP, RELAXATION & STRESS MANAGEMENT… helping you to tackle stress, prevent ill-health and better still excel!

With 45% of employees saying they have considered leaving a job because of mental health issues, it is important for workplaces to become active in supporting the wellbeing of their staff.

Mental ill-health, Stress and the HSE Management Standards

Although stress can lead to physical and mental health conditions, and can aggravate existing conditions, the good news is that it can be tackled as we have said above by investing in wellbeing. A stress risk assessment is a popular and sound place to start.

We say prevention is better than cure! Commit to year round activities, conduct health checks, offer 1-2-1 coaching, educate and empower employees with the wellbeing tools they need; that said – start with your stress risk assessment (this is included in our Tonic and Me well@work App)

Back in 2017, the government commissioned Lord Stevenson and Paul Farmer (Chief Executive of Mind) to independently review the role employers can play to better support mental health in the workplace. The ‘Thriving at Work’ report sets out an impressive framework of actions called ‘Core Standards’ designed to help employers improve the mental health of their workplace and enable individuals to thrive.

We use this framework in the Tonic Toolbox, to tackle mental health as part of a whole. Our approach is holistic and we make wellbeing personal to your company and your people.

Did you know that 1 in 4 people experience mental ill health each year?
Our training courses are a great intervention

If we identify that you need training then our awareness workshops and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses help raise awareness of mental illness, enabling people to support themselves and others to aid recovery. Our courses are designed to reduce stigma through education and increase the provision of care for those who really need it.

Mental health training


    Two hours

    In our two hour Mental Health Awareness workshop, we aim to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

    Mental Health – we all have it. So, just like our physical health, we all need to be aware of it. A recent Mental Health Foundation report has found that nearly 2/3 of us have experienced mental ill-health at some point in our lifetime and that just a shocking 13% of us are living with high levels of positive mental health.

    Part 1

    What is Mental Health
    The Impact of Mental ill-health
    Mental Health Conditions
    Recognising Symptoms & Triggers

    Part 2

    Recap – our definition
    Stigma and Misconceptions
    Mental & Physical Health Continuum
    Resilience – Ways to Wellbeing

    For more specific help ask about our Mental Health First Aid Courses and our Line Managers Mental Health Training course.

    The workshop is 2 HOURS & recommended for all staff. It can accommodate 8 delegates, up to a maximum of 16.



    This 4-hour mental health first aid refresher course gives delegates the updated knowledge they need to continue to effectively perform their roles as mental health first aiders and mental health champions. The course offers the opportunity for delegates to renew their skills and learn new techniques to support the mental health and wellbeing of their colleagues.

    What you will learn:
    • Skills refresh – refreshing the skills required to spot the signs of common mental
    • illnesses and support a person who needs assistance
    • An update on the mental health support that is available
    • Exercises and discussion on how to apply the Mental Health Action Plan in different scenarios

    2 Days

    Become a mental health first aider. Gain practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.

    This two-day course gives delegates the skills to be mental health first aiders. Delegates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing. The course teaches delegates practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness and gives them the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.

    • Topics covered: Click to read
      • Reduce employee health risks
      • What is mental health?
      • What is psychosis?
      • Why Mental Health First Aid?
      • What is an anxiety disorder?
      • What is depression?
      • Action planning for using MHFA
      • Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders
      • Bipolar disorder
      • Cognitive distortions and cognitive behavioural therapy
      • Crisis first aid for acute psychosis & after a traumatic event
      • Depression in the workplace
      • Eating disorders
      • First aid for anxiety disorders, depression & a suicidal crisis
      • Impact of mental health issues
      • Non-judgemental listening skills
      • Personality disorders
      • Recovery and building resources
      • Risk factors for depression & psychosis
      • Schizophrenia
      • Self-care
      • Self-harm
      • Stigma and discrimination
      • Suicide figures
      • Symptoms of depression
      • The Mental Health First Aid action plan

    Half day (four hour)

    By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Identify if a team member may be experiencing mental health issues
    • Confidently have open conversations about mental health at work
    • Appropriately signpost your team members to available support, and know where to go for support and guidance yourself

    The course will feel:

    • Immersive – we will share models with you and give you time and space to practise, observe, provide feedback, and receive it yourself
    • Grounded in reality – you will be able to adapt scenarios and practice conversations that feel reflective of your place of work
    • Practical – you will have the opportunity to engage as a wider group and in smaller groups, with a chance to try things out and work out how it feels to have these conversations virtually
    • Person-centred – we will give you tools to take care of your mental health and wellbeing as a manager, as well as what you can do to empower your teams

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