13 / 8 / 2014 12.59pm
A training programme is being developed by Zeal Solutions specifically for NHS managers to help increase capability and confidence in creating a mentally healthy workplace looking specifically at the emotional wellbeing of staff and how that impacts within the workplace.
As part of this work, Zeal is seeking to interview a number NHS staff who have a mental health concern. Zeal would like to hold some confidential and anonymous conversations with NHS staff. The focus of these conversations will be upon the experiences of the workplace for those with a mental health concern and the things that an organisation might do to help and support them.
Zeal will convert the information from these conversations into anonymous stories and other forms of information that can be used to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and provide managers with simple and practical advice to help them to better manage mental health at work.
If you would like to participate, conversations can be held either face to face or over the telephone. The conversations will focus on your experiences and will address issues such as:
- What have been some of the main challenges of working with your particular mental health issue?
- What are some of the positive actions your organisation has taken to accommodate or support you?
- What else can or might be done to support others in a similar situation to you?
- What advice or tips would you give to a manager who has to support someone with a similar mental health concern?
Zeal is interested in speaking to anyone with any type of mental health concern (e.g. anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, burnout) and would like to do this as soon as possible. This will allow time to review and convert the information you provide in advance of some pilot training that has been scheduled for September. If you are willing to participate please send an email direct to Zeal Solutions at the address shown below providing the following information:
- Whether you would prefer a face to face or telephone conversation
- A preferred date/time that a member from the Zeal team can contact you to either speak with you or arrange a meeting
- A preferred number for Zeal to contact you on
The email should be sent to email@example.com
and please insert the following into the subject line MH Interview.
Conversations will be conducted by a member from Zeal and will be conducted in strictest confidence. If you agree to participate, you will be free to withdraw from the conversation at any point without there being any need to provide a reason. Under no circumstances will your identity will be disclosed to any other party and any subsequent use of material from the conversations will be strictly anonymous. What Zeal are looking to extract from the conversations are key messages regarding the experience of work and what organisations can do to improve that experience.
Ultimately, the primary goal of this project is to improve awareness and understanding of mental health at work and to enhance the level of support that is offered to staff within the NHS who have a mental health concern. Zeal is asking for volunteers for these conversations to help ensure that any training that follows is best designed to help and support people with mental health concerns in the workplace.