Why do companies need effective mental health training for their employees?
Supporting workplace mental health not only underpins a more inclusive workplace culture and helps individuals to feel better, but it can also increase productivity and drive business growth.
However, with stigmas and barriers in the way of companies including mental health on their agenda, it can be difficult for businesses to know where to start and how best to support individuals in the workplace. To help with this, it is important that mental health is on the radar of the managers and leaders of these organisations.
The facts and figures speak for themselves. When employees struggle with their mental health, productivity suffers. Across the UK, over £28 billion has been lost as a result of poor mental wellbeing in employees.
There are many ways managers and team leaders can begin to support their employees, and part of that is really thinking about what people need to be successful in their role.
It’s how you begin a cultural shift.
Common challenges faced by organizations at the very beginning of their mental health training journey
Not every person who is neurodivergent or has a mental health condition will have the same needs. For example, two people with depression will not have the exact experience, or requirements to work efficiently.
Clare and Hannah discussed this at length when they were developing the simulation training program and realized how this might be challenging for organisations. Acknowledging that people are on a spectrum, and that you can move up and down this spectrum, is important for the whole workforce to understand and appreciate.
Which is why the simulation training program has been developed to support companies to think about what underpins their mental health personally and how this might change over time.
Why did Onebright choose Attensi?
Onebright wanted to choose an simulation training provider that could generate scenarios that were as real to life as possible and to give users the confidence they need to speak with colleagues about mental health. Something Attensi has helped many organisations to achieve through game-based learning and simulation training.
The importance of keeping things person-centered
To keep things broad whilst avoiding stereotypes, Clare and Hannah spoke to people who are neurodivergent or have a mental health condition about their experiences in the workplace.
Listening to individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, people who have Autism (ASD) or ADHD ensured they created a training solution that did not exclude anyone from the workplace.
Learning to embrace mistakes
When we think about mental health in the workplace, most people are typically scared of saying the wrong thing to someone or putting their foot in something. The simulation training program tackles this in detail with avatars and scenarios that helps users to feel comfortable having conversations about mental health.
Attensi’s VR simulation technology provides a safe place for people to fail and try again. Employees can build on their knowledge and skills, whilst gaining confidence. Working through the training and modules at their own pace.
By talking to avatars in a mobile app, employees can make snap decisions in how they would correctly and confidently respond to someone in need of mental health support. The simulator model of a person reacts just how a real person might, providing a great and safe opportunity for employees to learn about mental health.