Get Help. Mental Health Champions.

Mental Health Champions. A natural add-on to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a well-trained, supervised and managed team of in-house mental health champions who can offer  help and support to colleagues from lived experience.

Sometimes it is easier to talk to an understanding peer about stressful or traumatic experiences than to a professional and this can be an invaluable first step to seeking expert psychological help at a later stage if indicated. The benefits of trained and supervised peer support programmes are well documented and have become firmly embedded across all sectors.

We can work with your organisation to develop a robust programme; including advertising for volunteers, screening, interviewing and training applicants and continued management and supervision by our expert clinicians. This enables staff across your organisation to support each other, thus enhancing performance, resilience and wellbeing at all levels.

By using the Mental Health Champions service your employees can:

  • Receive support and understanding from someone who has insight and listening skills and who understands the organisation from the inside.
  • Access emotional and practical help from a trusted and trained group of mental health champions.
  • Take part in a comprehensive training programme that enables volunteers within an organisation to deliver appropriate and effective support.

Benefits for Employees of the Mental Health Champions service:

  • Ability to contact a champion from a pool of volunteers who have been interviewed, selected and trained by clinicians.
  • Able to identify positive coping mechanisms and build resilience. ◗
  • Participation in skills training modules.
  • Enhanced support for existing HR & wellbeing teams.

The Mental Health Champions programme offers 3 tiers of support:

 Tier 1 – Bespoke Training Programme includes:

  • Advertising
  • 1 day training for up to 20 delegates with 2 clinician trainers.
  • Wellbeing support package with access to online resources.
  • 2 follow-up web sessions: 1 check-in after 3 months and 1 webinar guided by
  • network experiences.

 Tier 2 – Bespoke Training, Interviews & Selection of Volunteers includes:

  • Advertising and application process.
  • Sifting of applications for interview.
  • Interviews with up to 30 potential champions to assess clinical appropriateness for role.
  • 1 day training for up to 20 delegates with 2 clinician trainers.
  • Wellbeing support package with access to online resources.
  • 2 follow-up web sessions: 1 check-in after 3 months and 1 webinar guided by network experiences.

 Tier 3 – Bespoke Selected, Trained and Supervised Network includes:

  • All the above from Tier 2
  • Ongoing supervision of network on a yearly contractual basis.
  • Yearly two-day training that includes training of new cohort and integration session with existing champions.
  • Quarterly group supervision calls open to all champions to share experience.
  • Additional webinar training sessions arranged as needed based on champion’s experiences and difficulties.
  • Consultation on promotion of network within the organisation as needed.