Roadshow to encourage Scottish businesses to make 2015 the year of a healthier workplace

Employers are being challenged to play their part in improving mental health in the workplace.

14 October 2014

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Scotland (IOSH Scotland) is teaming up with Healthy Working Lives (HWL) for ‘Training 2015’ – an initiative to get more businesses providing their staff with help to combat stress and other mental health problems.

The aim is for at least 2,015 people across Scotland to receive the training throughout 2015.

Business leaders across the Highlands and Islands are invited to find out more about the initiative and the association free training available during a roadshow event at the Scottish Natural Heritage office in Inverness on Friday 24 October.

Iain Henderson, chair of the IOSH Highlands and Islands Branch, said: “Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time. The earlier problems are diagnosed, the quicker sufferers can receive suitable assistance – minimising potential disruption to businesses.

“The training being offered to companies and their employees really is a positive step that we hope will help with early diagnosis, and result in effective treatment that will improve people’s lives.”

The event is one of four being held between 21-24 October, with sessions also being delivered by IOSH Scotland and HWL at venues in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

The initiative is being funded by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and aims to provide staff with the knowledge required to deliver stress and mental health training to their colleagues.

Robert Atkinson, occupational health and safety development manager for Healthy Working Lives, said: “There still seems to be an issue around stress in the workplace and the whole concept of managing psychosocial problems, even though the impact on organisations and employees can be substantial.”

By signing up to Training 2015, businesses will also be able to access free training sessions, resources and expertise.

The focus is on gaining an understanding of risks associated with stress and mental health issues at work; ensuring businesses provide a commitment to engaging their workforce in prevention strategies and training; and providing trainers with a robust understanding of mental health and its impact at work.

The roadshow events are open to companies with over 50 employees with IOSH members and non-members, HR professionals, trade union representatives and managers invited to attend.

An invitation-only reception promoting Training 2015 is also due to be held at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 19 November, featuring a panel discussion on the topic of promoting mental health at work.

To book a place at the roadshow event, call the IOSH Bookings Team on 0116 2573197 or email bookings@iosh.co.uk