Our Programmes


These courses are designed to help identify wellbeing issues and start to deal with them – you cannot do anything about them if you do not acknowledge them and are open about them


These courses develop your staff to support your teams; and help everyone to better manage wellbeing increasing productivity across the board


Our policy development programme – we will support you to put together a comprehensive wellbeing policy for your company and will leave you with it up and running

Identification Programmes

Background information

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year.  The equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK every year. How many people make up your workforce? Identifying a friend or colleagues’ distress is one thing, having the skill and know how to deal with and manage the situation professionally is far more challenging. These situations can be overwhelming. However, with the right training and guidance a clear pathway to competently and compassionately deal with it can lead to a meaningful outcome that can turn what could have been a disaster into one of further bonding and mutual respect. Elephant in the Room’s training can provide your managers with the confidence and skills to promote healthier behaviour, increase staff retention and increase productivity.

MHFA has already trained over 250,000 individuals in England for companies that include:
Unilever, WH Smiths, Royal Mail, NHS England, Slaughter and May, Skanska, Cross Rail and Wellcome Trust
Find out more about our courses: https://mhfaengland.org/organisations/workplace/

Mental Health First Aid

A comprehensive overview of the signs and symptoms of mental health difficulties offering guidance towards providing help and support within a positive framework for action.
    • Duration: 2 full days
    • Intended audience: Managers, supervisors, senior support staff


  • An in depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • 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 further support

Half Day Mental Health First Aid Lite course

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Intended audience: All staff members


  • An awareness of mental health and its affect in the workplace
  • An understanding of what mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health
  • Confidence to interact with someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue
  • Insight into the two day course and the benefits of becoming a Mental Health First Aider

Improvement Programmes

Further information

The modern effective manager is aware that the team is their biggest asset and a coaching approach to management alongside targets is the way to get the best out of your team. This is even more the case when dealing with wellbeing issues. Our programmes will support managers to determine the best way to support their team to get the best out of them, increase their resilience and maximise productivity.

Everyone, particularly staff with wellbeing issues, needs to understand how important their wellbeing is to their home and work life. They need to know how to monitor what they are feeling and what to do to when they are struggling. We will support your staff to better understand these issues to help them look after their as well as their colleagues’ wellbeing. This, in turn, will help your managers to increase productivity.

Managers’ programme

    • Duration: 4 sessions, 2 hours each
    • Intended audience: Managers and supervisors


  • To understand how wellbeing increases productivity
  • To learn how to work better with your team to increase productivity through wellbeing
  • To learn about duty of care responsibilities
  • To learn how to better deal with absenteeism and presenteeism
  • To practice scenarios and real situations to increase confidence and ability to support your team

Wellbeing programme

    • Duration: 6 session, 3 hours each (can be tailored)
    • Intended audience: All staff


  • To understand the importance of mental and physical wellbeing
  • To understand how to monitor your own wellbeing
  • To learn techniques to help you through difficult times and build resilience

Implementation Programmes

Further information

Where do you start with writing your workplace wellbeing policy? Who should be involved? How will this be communicated? And how do you ensure it is effective and ongoing?

Producing an effective, comprehensive wellbeing policy is difficult enough. Getting this off the ground, maintaining it and monitoring it are often areas that result in failure of the policy. Our programme will work together with key movers and shakers in your company to put together a policy that suits you, gets running within a few weeks and is monitored for its effectiveness. We can also work with you as an external monitor to ensure you have an impartial report.

Workplace Mental Health policy

    • Duration: 4 sessions, 3 hours each (can be tailored)
    • Intended audience: Change makers, decision makers, board or senior management plus representatives


  • Assessment of areas of deficit
  • Design of company wide policy & plan
  • Coproduction with staff to identify specific strategies to improve wellbeing
  • Draft policy written by Elephant in the Room
  • Implementation of policy & plan to get running
  • Plan to include monitoring and accountability