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REACT Mental Health®: Bitesize Support For Our People (Other dates & times available)

Date: 30 November 2021

Time: 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Venue: Teams


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REACT Mental Health®: Bitesize Support For Our People (Other dates & times available)

REACT Mental Health®: Bitesize Support For Our People- A small dose of active listening training for supervisors, manager and leaders

As part of the strategy written and delivered by Professor Neil Greenberg to help support frontline staff during mthe COVID-19 crisis, March on Stress has developed a short workshop for supervisors, managers and leaders to allow you to have a ‘psychologically savvy conversation’ with your teams, identify those struggling and signpost them for further support.

The length of the session (just 90 minutes) means that busy staff can access the training and it can be as widespread as possible throughout your organisation. At the end of the short session you will have had a small dose of training in ‘active listening’, and be equipped with knowledge and some practice in how to have that mental health aware conversation, using an approach called REACTMH®.

REACTMH provides an opportunity for starting a conversation with people who either do not appreciate they have a mental health problem, or who do appreciate it but do not want to seek help. This approach may be especially useful should a colleague have had to deal with repeated, often occupationally related, exposure to Potentially Traumatic Events (PTEs). Such on-going trauma exposure is known as Type 2 trauma.

Type 2 trauma may cause an insidious deterioration in mental health occurring over a period of time. The sessions also include content related to moral injury. In brief, the process follows these steps:

• Recognise

• Engage

• Actively Listen

• Check Risk

• Talk to them about specific actions


REACTMH has been developed by March On stress team of experts, led by Professor Neil Greenberg, in 2017 to enable individuals to have psychologically informed conversations, as a form of support in the workplace. The approach is evidence-based - the REACTMH approach is very much in line with the evidence in Milligan-Saville which clearly demonstrates a positive effect on mental health and reduction in sickness absence.

Evaluation data from REACTMH90 sessions delivered by March on Stress for the NHS indicates a significantly positive shift in participants confidence to hold a wellbeing conversation and also that skills are rapidly being put into practice to support the wellbeing of their team members and wider colleagues.

REACTMH90 sessions are ideal for accelerated roll out when organisations need widespread mental health support and are very short of time also, in steady state, for getting mental health conversations started throughout an organisation.

The March on Stress 90 minute sessions will be facilitated remotely via Microsoft Teams for up to 10 people :

We have several dates available for you to choose - please make your selection when registering. (These are repeat events and only 1 'ticket' is required)

(Joining Information and Teams Link will be send from the REACT facilitators. )