Greenstone Therapies wants to encourage people to talk
Greenstone Therapies, a counselling service for people seeking mental health help has launched Greenstone Health; a project which aims to train people in the workplace to better help employees with their mental health.
While many companies do already have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) in place which offers a mental health hotline, they rely on people reaching out for support and sometimes those most in need are the last ones who reach out for help.
The Greenstone Health training programme also aims to get people discussing mental health more in the workplace so that people who might need some support reach out sooner. Additionally, it hopes to give team members skills both in recognising signs of stress and mental ill-health but also in preparing them for how to deal with these situations and environments.
The project will incorporate a combination of education, training and 1-2-1 support for staff and company executives. It will launch on 1 June.
Greenstone’s founder and director of therapy Sarah Hutchinson said: “By building these skill sets into team members our aim is to prevent these issues developing in the first place.”
She said that early intervention is vital in getting people the support they need before they become too unwell to the point they suffer long term mental ill-health which could result in the company suffering from presenteeism and/or absenteeism.
“Our philosophy is based on taking mental health programmes into the workplace in an effort to build resilient workforces, better prepared to cope with the challenges they face during the course of their working life,” she said.
Hutchinson launched Greenstone in 2014 as a counselling practice to initially help people in the Kent area. However, it quickly expanded to Central London with some therapists supporting people in Majorca.
It is her belief that the strongest businesses are those that take a proactive approach towards mental health support in the workplace.
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