Mental Health at Work

Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces







JRC has worked with forty local employers to develop a training programme to create mentally healthy workplaces. The JRC Mental Health at Work programme has been designed in partnership with local organisations and those with lived experience of poor mental health.


Why this matters

  • Two-thirds of people with a mental health problem say that work either caused or exacerbated their poor mental health.
  • One in four people will experience a mental health difficulty every year and workplace absence due to mental ill health and presenteeism is rising.
  • The number of sick days lost to stress, anxiety and depression in 2017 cost the taxpayer over £3 million. The cost to businesses was more.
  • 80% of local businesses have no mental health strategy or policy in place to support mental health in with workplace.
  • We spend one third of our lives at work. How we are treated at work can significantly impact our wellbeing.

The programme

Please note these courses are still in development so content may change slightly.


Looking after my wellbeing

Good mental health starts with us. This module will focus on how we take care of our own mental health. It will cover self-awareness and emotional literacy skills, personal responsibility, work-life balance and wellbeing toolkits. This module aims to empower individuals to better manage their own mental health.

Suited to all employees

1 full day’s training or two half days


Taking care of each other

This module is designed to promote a culture of compassion and provide employees with the skills to support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. It will cover general mental health awareness, the importance of talking about feelings, how to approach a colleague who is struggling, active listening, emotional literacy, suicide awareness and how to look after ourselves while supporting others.

Suited to all employees

1 full day’s training or two half days


How to support an employee’s mental health

How an organisation responds to someone who is struggling with their mental health has the power to support or hinder recovery. This module will explore what good and bad management of mental health in the workplace looks like. It will cover legal obligations, how to support someone who is unwell at work, how to support someone signed-off with mental health issues, how to support employees back into the workplace, how to address poor performance and the communication skills needed around managing mental health.

Suited to those with a line management or HR responsibility

 1 full day’s training or two half days


How to create and lead a mentally healthy business – senior leaders and mental health

Getting mental health at work right takes a fully cultural and systematic response. This must be led by senior management who should set strategies, working policies and practices that support wellbeing at work, this must include training across all aspects of the business and it must be consistent.Getting mental health at work right takes a fully cultural and systematic response. This must be led by senior management who should set supportive strategies, working policies and practices and drive a positive culture. This module focuses on the critical role senior leaders play in supporting their workforces to flourish. It will help senior leaders to create, enable and lead a mentally healthy business. It will touch on supportive cultures and how to implement change.

Suited to senior leaders, visionaries and culture creators

1 full day’s training or two half days


Supporting those impacted by mental health difficulties

The JRC Mental Health at Work programme will financially support JRC’s core community service which provides free-to-access educational courses for those experiencing mental health difficulties and the people who support them in our local community.


The recovery college has changed so many aspects of my life this year.  It has been a difficult year but the recovery college have offered me something different to focus on, something that is mine, that costs nothing but offers me a great sense of empowerment, and positivity.


JRC courses support students to better understand mental health conditions, recovery, wellbeing and life skills. Since opening in 2017 JRC has registered over 900 students on its courses.

How it will work

Every Mental Health at Work module will be delivered by a JRC Peer Trainer with lived experience of mental illness and recovery and an JRC Associate Trainer with a professional business/training background.


Businesses can book individual employees on the pay-as-you-go programme or book one or more modules to be delivered inhouse either in isolation or as a package.


Interested in booking training?

Let us help you create a mentally healthy workplace.

Contact Beth at JRC by email or call 01534 505977.





We are supportive partners of Mind Jersey’s Mental Health First Aid Training and Jersey Samaritans Active Listening Training.