Occupational Peer Support Mentoring
The Individual Peer Support Mentoring service, holistically complements any medical intervention whereby individuals may be receiving medication and support from GPs, Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services, or from Community Mental Health Teams.
The service provides Peer Support Mentors to work one-to-one with employees experiencing a significant amount of distress, which may impact on their ability to function well in the work place. The service works to enable them to find the right strategies and coping mechanisms in order to return to work after absenteeism owing to mental ill health related illnesses.
The relationship between employee – known as the mentee, and the mentor operates between six and eight mentoring sessions. The sessions can be held in or outside of the workplace and focus on finding the right recovery techniques, establishing the right sustainable support solutions and addressing key areas impacting on the individuals’ health and wellbeing. In addition to the sessions, employees are able to contact their mentor for additional support by phone or email to gain advice or information when needed, further reducing the need to take time away from work.
Employee Peer Support Programme (PSP)
The Employee Peer Support Programme is a six-session programme that can be held over three or six weeks, two days and one day a week respectively.
The recommended number of people for each PSP is 12 employees, for smaller organisations, six to eight employees. This programme can really support teams in their understanding of mental health challenges in the work place and provide techniques in how to find achievable ways in which to manage work pressures and personal stresses through adopting peer support. The six sessions cover the following topics:
- Defining the benefits of work place peer support,
- Finding empowerment and building confidence,
- Challenging habits and promoting change,
- Sustainable Support & Recovery Solutions – Tools for the journey,
- A rounded approach to physical and mental wellbeing at work,
- Planning for the future and establishing work based peer support networks.
Understanding Mental Health & Peer Support for Managers & Executives
Understanding Mental Health & Peer Support for Managers & Executives is a one or two-day training programme and supports managers to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health within their workforce and within themselves.
The training focuses on managers learning the skills and techniques needed to help support those who may be experiencing mental ill health, using peer support and Mental Health First Aid.
Prior to the training days, Impact Peer Support can provide an optional piece of research to look at the nature of your organisation, identify where the possible stresses and breaking points might occur and help ultimately tailor the training to meet the needs of the organisation and the people.
This training programme offers an additional service, providing advice, information, signposting and recommendations for managers to support their teams whilst maintaining their own wellbeing.
An Interactive, Organisation Health and Wellbeing Event
Impact Peer Support can arrange and deliver an organisational health & wellbeing day, encouraging employee self-awareness of their mental health, promote alternative and holistic methods of self-support, emphasise healthy eating and regular physical activities in partnership with local organisation promoting wellbeing products and services – providing everyone with tasters of what they can do to improve their health & wellbeing both at work and outside of work.
We can also provide demonstrations.