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Why managers should be given mental health training

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Learning and development | 18 May 2016, 01:04 PM Agree 0
A new survey highlights the importance of training for line managers to understand what mental health means.
  • Lambert Speelman | 18 May 2016, 10:55 PM Agree 0
    When one has not the experience him-/herself, how can they guide one? It is only a theoretical approach as some psychiatrists have done for years. Those who interfeared (and I've seen it with a couple of people) made it only worse. Don't think that one who is not an experienced expert himself is of any use. The HR professionals with their S.M.A.R.T. management and LEAN Management above them are the ones who cause the burden, due with help from the policy of the Governments during the last 50 years and Lady Justice who is wearing blinders.

    I've been guiding people through, goin trough a burn-out with symptoms of Manic-Depression myself. "It’s in the shelter of each other that everything lives" - So I helped colleagues out of their situation, I learned and grew stronger, overcoming! Their joy was my strength. - Looking to Christ, the Author and Perfector of my faith.

    As I did not submit to the established order I received eventually resignation.
    "The Practice is the best Tutor" - A colleague got healed, and my mum has returned home from a hopeless situation. (That is what the experts told me)

    How do those who learn not from their mistakes; who ignore that their managment is ill-treatment and they are unwilling to repent; how do we train them? Give them a broom and a cloth to clean the office!

    Become a servant leader first !! Lay down your life for your family and friends - don't care for the money.
  • Stephen Crowe | 19 May 2016, 10:02 AM Agree 0
    I think it's great that workplaces are starting to focus on the mental health of there employees, but we still have a long way to go. One of the problems is that a lot of organisations are only doing awareness training instead of teaching practical skills that can actually make a difference. We can see this from the fact that the problem is still getting worse, the suicide rate in Australia keeps rising (now at almost 8 each day), the number of psychological injury claims is going up...

    At the Mental Health Recovery Institute (www.mhri.com.au) we specialise in teaching manager and leaders the practical skills they can implement to sustainably manage the mental health of their team and to build resilience.

    Don't fall into the trap of just teaching awareness and thinking you've fixed the problem. You need to fully commit to changing the way things are done and make workplace mental health a top priority.
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