Mental Health Workshops

With 1/6 of workers currently suffering from a mental health problem - such as anxiety, depression or stress and work being cited as the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives, it’s a pertinent time to put some preventative mental health strategies in to place. Delivered by 'Mind' qualified coaches and psychotherapists, our workshops, and courses aim to raise awareness and silence the stigma around mental health in the workpl

mental health workshops

Stress Less & Ease Anxiety

Resilience Toolkit

Mental Health for Managers

Understanding Mental Health

Understanding Stress

Thrive Offline

Stress less & ease anxiety

Stress and anxiety are two modern day conditions that have a huge impact on our happiness and performance in life and work. If left unchecked they can become our default and have huge knock on effects on our health and wellbeing, family and career. Learning to meet them head on with acceptance and even humour, however, means we can start to build a lifelong toolkit to keep them at bay. In this session, we will explore the effects and causes of stress and anxiety, and most importantly, what we can do to counter them:

  • What Stress & Anxiety do to Us 
  • Fight/Flight v’s Rest/Digest
  • Things We Do that Mess us Up
  • Noticing Triggers, Emotions & Core Beliefs • What situation consistently stresses you out or makes you worry and what impact does it have?  What would change if you no longer stressed over it?
  • Skills & Tools to Beat Stress & Anxiety
  • Meeting your resistance/ Sitting with what is/ Taking action/ Cultivating a relaxed future . 

*Some clients change the name of this workshop to 'Staying Sane in the Working World.'

How it works

This workshop will take an interactive seminar style approach. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in exercises and apply their own challenges to the tools and advice discussed. However, no one will be put on the spot and expected to share confidential, sensitive information. 


  • Attendees will need a notepad and pen. The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides and a flip chart if possible. 
  • In order to keep this workshop interactive, we suggest a capacity of 20 people. Previous clients have found splitting groups up in to seniority levels can work well. 
  • Length: This workshop is available as a 60 minute or 90 minute format. 60 minutes will be more interactive and allow more time for participatory exercises, whilst 90 minutes will be more information focused.

resilience toolkit for the workplace

With resilience skills we flourish and stay proactive.  Without them, we risk losing confidence, stalling important decisions and narrowing our outlook. This session takes you through a toolkit to build resilience in life and at work. We’ll touch on:

  • Setting the Scene for Physical Wellbeing 
  • Developing Resilient Thinking & Attitudes
  • Tools for Noticing & Managing Emotions 
  • Behaviours - Responding vs Reacting 
  • Roundup of 7 Skills to Build Resilience your resistance to colds, bugs and stress-related sick days.

How it works

This workshop will take an interactive seminar style approach. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in exercises and apply their own challenges to the tools and advice discussed. However, no one will be put on the spot and expected to share confidential, sensitive information.

  • Attendees will need a notepad and pen. The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides and a flip chart if possible. 
  • In order to keep this workshop interactive, we suggest a capacity of 20 people. Previous clients have found splitting groups up in to seniority levels can work well. 
  • Length: This workshop is available as a 60 minute or 90 minute format. 60 minutes will be more interactive and allow more time for participatory exercises, whilst 90 minutes will be more information focused. 

Mental Health for Managers

Raising Awareness & Cultivating Conversations at Work

As the third largest cause for absenteeism, now is the time to normalise conversations around mental health. In this workshop, managers will be equipped with the skills and confidence to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards support. This 90 minute workshop for line managers and senior team members will cover:

  • Causes, signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Culture factor, promoting openness, listening & trust
  • Offering appropriate first-line support in the workplace
  • Getting comfortable with mental health conversations
  • Tackling stigmas and unconscious bias.

How it works

  • Attendees: Senior managers and line managers. 
  • Format: A combination of conversation, interactive exercises and some knowledge sharing around mental health in the workplace. In this workshop, we expect and encourage attendees to contribute and bring their challenges and concerns to the table.
  • Capacity: 15 people 
  • Length:  Available in a 90 minute or 2 hour format. If you can spare 2 hours, it would add value to delve deeper into this broad subject and allow time for more discussion.
  • Attendees will need a notepad and pen. The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides and a flip chart if possible. 


Understanding mental health

All all-round introduction to all things mental health, this 2 hour workshop will delve deeper in to mental health issues and preventative techniques. Workshop participants will learn how to:

  • Understand the basics of personal mental health care
  • Unpack their individual default responses to stress
  • Understand the symptoms and basic prevention tools for anxiety and depression 
  • Explore methods towards self acceptance and building self awareness
  • Differentiate between long-term and short-term mental health processes and responses
  • Experience the effects of a guided meditation

How it works

  • Attendees: Anyone.
  • Format: A combination of conversation, interactive exercises and some knowledge sharing.
  • Capacity: 20 people 
  • Length: 2 hours
  • Attendees will need a notepad and pen. The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides.

Understanding stress

Now the leading cause for absenteeism from work, what does it really mean to be 'stressed' and how does it effect our personal and professional lives? In this 1 hour, participants will:


  • Become aware of the triggers and symptoms of stress
  • See stress as being on a spectrum
  • Notice the difference in their bodies as they locate themselves in different parts of the spectrum
  • Understand the impact of guided meditation 
  • Begin to understand their default responses to stress 

How it works

  • Attendees: Anyone.
  • Format: A combination of conversation, interactive exercises and some knowledge sharing.
  • Capacity: 20 people 
  • Length: 60 minutes
  • Attendees will need a notepad and pen. The facilitator will need a screen for powerpoint slides.

thrive offline

With 2 out of 3 people admitting an extreme attachment to their smartphones, and most spending over half their waking hours in front of a screen, digital overload is arguably the defining problem of society today. Our fun and  interactive Thrive Offline workshop empowers people to recognise the impact constant connectivity is having on their happiness and mental health and shares tools and tips to reclaim control of digital technology. If you panic when you’re without your mobile and get FOMO (fear of missing out) from too much social media scrolling, this session is for you. 

How it works

  • Length: 60 minutes.
  • Capacity: Up to 50 people
  • We require x2 empty tables, a pen and paper for each participant and a screen for slides.
  • All participants will leave with a handout of take-home tips and advice.


stress management course (4 sessions)

Placing an emphasis on stress, anxiety and resilience, this course is designed to develop an individual’s life-long stress toolkit and keep mental health problems at bay. Looking at physiology, psychology, mental health and emotions, participants will be able to build a personal action plan from week 1 through to 4, and take this away as a personal change plan. 

Course structure: 


Session 1: Body and Breath: The experience of stress exists in our physical bodies, and modern science shows us the clear link between our physiology, breath and how we feel. We will explore how we can intelligently tune into our physical body and breath to break the patterns that keep us stuck in stress mode. Expect to move in this session, and expect to get quite still too. 


Session 2:  Rethinking your Stress Response: The way we perceive and think about stress is shown to be more harmful than the physiological wear and tear. In this session we will invite you to look at your thoughts, beliefs and values around stress, and explore the concept of changing these habitual patterns of thought. 


Session 3: Great States to Counter Stress: Feeling stressed is a whole body and emotional experience, we literally get ourselves into a “right state”! To get out of our habitual stressed state, we need to know how to get into better ones – this session will let us explore some of the key emotional states that counter stress and how to implement them to great effect. 


Session 4: Organisation and Habit Change: In this session we will look at stress from the level of helpful and unhelpful behaviours - the actions and habits that make up your day, week, month and year. The challenge of this session will be determining how to make helpful behaviours a habit. 

How it works

  • Length: x4 60 minute sessions. Ideally weekly, but this can be flexible.
  • Capacity: Up to 20 people

1:1 stress management coaching

Ideal for senior managers of employees in need of 1:1 support to tackle a specific topic they are struggling with.

45-55 minute sessions to take place at the office, or on Skype. Participants would complete a pre-coaching questionnaire, enabling them and the coach to specifically target areas to work on. Follow-up resources would also be sent.

How it works

Blocks are booked as x4 55 min sessions or x6 45 min sessions. Get in touch for more information.

testimonials

"By the end of Thrive Offline I had lots of tips, tools & apps to to make sure I control my phone and not the other way around! I woudl highly refcommend this workshop to anyone with a smartphone."

3 mobile workshop attendee

"Following the 'Stress Less & Ease Anxiety' workshop, everyone is buzzing about the changes and new routines they're going to implement."

S Kahlil, Human Rights Watch 

"Mental Health for Managers was by far the most insightful and useful workshop we've ever had. I think it's brilliant to take the time to talk about mental health in the workplace. "

Workshop attendee, Eulogy

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