Here at Be Empowered our training and consultancy is here to help you manage staff wellbeing proactively and minimise the impact of mental ill health on work and life.

Employers all over the UK are acting now to ensure the wellbeing of their staff.

Why is this? Work is good for health and health is good for business. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. We spend over half of our lives at work and it makes sense that the places we work in and the people who work in them are as healthy as they can be.

Work-related mental ill-health costs UK employers, therefore investing in staff wellbeing will help you save costs and improve business performance ; a mentally healthy workplace has more productive and engaged staff.

Cut the cost of mental ill health

Mental ill health costs UK employers £34.9 billion each year, the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce.

Source: Centre for Mental Health, 2017.

Mental health at work: The business costs 10 years on

  • 60% of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue due to work/where work was a contributing factor. So, what are the implications of this?
  • In 2016 in the UK there were 15.8 million days of sickness absence caused by mental health issues (including stress, depression and anxiety).
  • The cost of presenteeism (people coming to work and underperforming due to ill health) is £21.2 billion to the UK economy each year.
  • It costs UK employers £3.1 billion a year in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons.
  • UK employers can save up to 30% of the above costs by creating mental healthy workplaces.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Be Empowered is proud to work with Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to provide quality accredited mental health first aid training courses in the workplace. Through quality training, you can empower employees to support each other and create a productive, mentally healthy workplace.

Just like physical first aiders, what would it be like to have Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) in your workplace? In our mental health first aid training we don’t train staff to become therapists, we teach people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

Our MHFA course teaches practical skills that can be used every day. This includes how to spot the signs of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support.

According to the World Federation for Mental Health, “employees favour a workplace that cares for their wellbeing and demonstrates support for wellbeing through a healthy work/life balance and strong diversity policies” (2017: Mental Health in the Workplace).

Do you have a qualified Mental Health First Aider at work?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised 2 day training course. It teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

What will employees learn?

Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions.

What employees will learn on our 2 day MHFA course:

A practical skills and awareness course designed to give employees:
− A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect
people’s wellbeing, including your own
− Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
− Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
− Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
− Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support

Fully accredited and certified course

Our trainers are qualified via MHFA England who are accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. Each course is certified by MHFA England.

You can download our brochure for more information about our mental health first aider qualification course.

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Take simple steps now…

Download our free Take Ten Together tool which will help you start the conversations in your workplace.

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We offer a range of Mental Health training courses for your workplace that can either add to your existing wellbeing support, or start you on the right journey if you don’t have anything in place just yet. Our courses range from short mental health awareness courses to the full qualification in mental health first aid. Please get in touch for more information.


By reducing stigma to mental health through education, along with nurturing the relevant skills, we can positively impact others well-being as well as our own. This will help minimise the impact of mental ill health in the workplace and life.