Mental health awareness boost for optical colleagues

Specsavers is making a major investment in mental health awareness training for colleagues throughout UK and Ireland.

A series of half-day workshops on managing mental health problems has been set up, with one free place offered to each Specsavers optical, audiology or domiciliary business, and additional places available.

‘One in four people in the UK and Ireland experience mental health problems: that’s potentially 25% of our workforce,’ says Dawn McIntyre, UK HR Director. ‘That is why we’re providing training workshops for our Specsavers teams to equip them with the knowledge and practical skills required to confidently manage mental ill health in the workplace.’

More than 50 workshops for around 800 people will be held over the next three months in locations including Chester, Dublin, Cork, Athlone, Bristol, Birmingham, Wakefield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Gravesend and London.

Delivered by Specsavers’ training partners ACAS, they will cover:

  • Understanding key mental health concepts
  • Business and personal benefits of promoting positive mental health
  • Key legal obligations and responsibilities
  • Effective management of mental health-related workplace issues
  • Developing a business-relevant mental health action plan

Specsavers’ employee assistance programme providers, Canada Life, will supplement the workshops with a suite of online training materials for colleagues who wish to go on to train their own teams or cannot attend the workshops. This is in addition to the employee assistance helpline they already run for all Specsavers colleagues and their families.

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