Line Managers and HR are crucial in nurturing employee wellbeing

The way employees are managed and supported back into work during challenging and uncertain times has a huge impact on long-term wellbeing and performance. 

11%
of managers

have received training on understanding workplace stressors

62%
of managers

have had to put the interests of the business above staff wellbeing, sometimes or regularly.

70%
of managers

say there are barriers to supporting for mental wellbeing of those they manage

Mental Health at Work Summary report 2019: Business in the Community

So, what's in the course? 

Our programs are tailored to meet your specific needs. They are developed by mental health and employment law specialists, giving managers and HR Teams the knowledge, understanding and confidence to support colleagues, and lead resilient teams.

  • How could COVID-19 affect our mental health?
  • The relationship between work and wellbeing (including legal considerations)
  • Supporting a return to the workplace
  • Managing mental health disclosures
  • How to have those “difficult conversations”
  • Recognise the early signs of a mental health issue, including; Stress and Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal crisis
  • How to support someone displaying signs of poor wellbeing to help prevent a mental health issue from getting worse
  • Signposting towards professional support
  • Looking after the wellbeing of remote workers.
  • Promoting wellbeing in the workplace to challenge the myths and stigma
  • Managing absence or ill-health, and making reasonable adjustments
  • How to look after your own wellbeing and resilience

Here's what some of our clients have to say about us

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Helen Mather Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group
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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland
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Tania Holcroft People and Culture Director, Greene King
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Catherine Riordan Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru
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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s
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Helen Ashton Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust
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Lee Chambers Distribution Director, Unipart Group
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Ciaran Butler Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company
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Paul Richens People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service
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Paula Timms UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's
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Susanne Vang Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company
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Andy Latham Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next
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Jackie Molloy Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group

Oakwood deliver both Mental Health and Personal Safety courses for us. They really understand the issues our staff have in their roles and were able to adapt to this rather than just a generic off the shelf module. All I can say is how pleased I am with the work they have been doing with us since 2016. The feedback from staff is not just excellent, but how it adds value to what they are doing.

Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Oakwood delivered Mental Health and Wellbeing training days for managers at Barnardo's Scotland. They were extremely responsive to our requirements and adapted the training to meet the needs of our organisation. Oakwood have an evident enthusiasm and passion for mental health and wellbeing and a willingness and ability to quickly adapt the training programme to suit the audience. I would happily recommend Oakwood to other clients and in fact have done so to internal colleagues who have also gone on to use them for training.

People and Culture Director, Greene King

The best thing about working with Oakwood was their collaborative approach. They understood our needs from MHFA training through to Leading & Managing Wellbeing, as well as short immersive webinar sessions on looking after ourselves in Lockdown and bouncing back to reopening.

Our work with Oakwood gave us permission to discuss mental health at the leadership level and has changed the way our managers think about their team's wellbeing.

We've been able to measure the impact of these changes through our Lockdown 3.0 Engagement Survey and our annual survey.

Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

We had a great experience working with Oakwood Training who listened to our needs and provided a tailor made Introduction to Mental Health Awareness course for our Managers. The Trainers were really engaging and brought a wealth of experience. We are now following up with further Mental Health First Aid Training. I would really recommend Oakwood Training who have been a pleasure to work with.

Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s

"We worked with Oakwood to implement mental health and wellbeing training across our workforce- this consisted of classroom based training for managers and a shorter online course. The online course was specifically designed to be lighter touch than the management course and focused on individual wellbeing. The online platform worked well in terms of delivering this as it allowed staff to undertake the training at their own pace at a time that suited them. The ability to start the course and then return to it later was also beneficial to staff in support roles as it allowed them to manage their time effectively and still carry out the day job. Feedback from staff has been very positive and they have commented that they were surprised how much they learned and took away from the online course"

Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust

As an L&D Manager, Oakwood Training are a joy to work with. I really value their “can do” attitude and keenness to help and support. Their ability to blend their professional expertise with our needs, produces training that always gets great feedback from participants.

Distribution Director, Unipart Group

The key to any content is in its delivery. Nothing short of world class Terry at our Operations Leadership training. Many, many of our colleagues have been discussing this today. That’s testament to your articulation of such a difficult topic. The content is so thought provoking and I’m already trying to embrace some new approaches for
my personal ‘wellbeing’ but importantly my team members.

Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company

"Very well, mixture of formats kept it fresh. The mix of interactive, video and stories made it easy to
stay engaged”

People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

We have been working with Oakwood since 2019 when they trained our Mental Health First Aiders. Royal Voluntary Service is delivering the NHS Volunteer Responders Programme in relation to COVID-19 and Oakwood have developed bespoke courses for us that have been delivered through live trainer-led virtual sessions.

These have included awareness programs on safe suicide conversations, self-care and group reflective practice. They have also provided one to one wellbeing support calls for members of our team. The virtual courses and support calls have been tailored to meet our specific needs and have been extremely well received by our team.

It's made a real difference in bringing groups together to talk about real-world examples so they can reflect on what they did and improve learning. It's also really helped build people's personal resilience during these difficult and challenging times. Oakwood have been very helpful and supportive and it's been a pleasure working with Gemma, Terry and the rest of the team.

UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's

Oakwood's trainers were very personable, informative, interactive and inspiring.

Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company

"We were looking for a partner, who had a positive approach to Mental Health & Wellbeing. Someone who could convey the message in an engaging way while still being laser sharp about the seriousness of taking care of your own wellbeing. It was important to select a program, which could embrace our Colgate Culture and at the same time tap straight into various local cultures and allow each individual to feel invited and listen to.

The program has been a great success with incredible high participation on both the virtual instructor-led sessions and the eLearning modules. What we particularly love is the bite-sized, fun and interactive way the eLearning is constructed with a great variety to keep the learner hooked.

The equal and unpretentious dialogue Oakwood masters creates psychological safety and opens up for dialogue, vulnerability - and the opportunity to proactively take responsibility"

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Oakwood have helped Next to embark upon their journey to improve the way those who experience mental ill-health are recognised, heard and helped. From the development of corporate objectives and a Mental Wellbeing Charter to the creation and delivery of a comprehensive training programme and procedures, Oakwood have been incredibly supportive at every stage.

Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

I have experienced the Mental Health First Aid training previously and have always found it incredibly informative. What was different about Oakwood training was how they delivered. Terry is clearly an expert in the field but delivers in a way that facilitates empathy and thus brings the learning to life. The classroom element was relaxed yet highly informative and Terry was able to answer any questions we posed. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Oakwood training again

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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s

Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s

"We worked with Oakwood to implement mental health and wellbeing training across our workforce- this consisted of classroom based training for managers and a shorter online course. The online course was specifically designed to be lighter touch than the management course and focused on individual wellbeing. The online platform worked well in terms of delivering this as it allowed staff to undertake the training at their own pace at a time that suited them. The ability to start the course and then return to it later was also beneficial to staff in support roles as it allowed them to manage their time effectively and still carry out the day job. Feedback from staff has been very positive and they have commented that they were surprised how much they learned and took away from the online course"

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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Oakwood delivered Mental Health and Wellbeing training days for managers at Barnardo's Scotland. They were extremely responsive to our requirements and adapted the training to meet the needs of our organisation. Oakwood have an evident enthusiasm and passion for mental health and wellbeing and a willingness and ability to quickly adapt the training programme to suit the audience. I would happily recommend Oakwood to other clients and in fact have done so to internal colleagues who have also gone on to use them for training.

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Andy Latham Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Oakwood have helped Next to embark upon their journey to improve the way those who experience mental ill-health are recognised, heard and helped. From the development of corporate objectives and a Mental Wellbeing Charter to the creation and delivery of a comprehensive training programme and procedures, Oakwood have been incredibly supportive at every stage.

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Helen Mather Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group

Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group

Oakwood deliver both Mental Health and Personal Safety courses for us. They really understand the issues our staff have in their roles and were able to adapt to this rather than just a generic off the shelf module. All I can say is how pleased I am with the work they have been doing with us since 2016. The feedback from staff is not just excellent, but how it adds value to what they are doing.

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Tania Holcroft People and Culture Director, Greene King

People and Culture Director, Greene King

The best thing about working with Oakwood was their collaborative approach. They understood our needs from MHFA training through to Leading & Managing Wellbeing, as well as short immersive webinar sessions on looking after ourselves in Lockdown and bouncing back to reopening.

Our work with Oakwood gave us permission to discuss mental health at the leadership level and has changed the way our managers think about their team's wellbeing.

We've been able to measure the impact of these changes through our Lockdown 3.0 Engagement Survey and our annual survey.

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Paula Timms UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's

UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's

Oakwood's trainers were very personable, informative, interactive and inspiring.

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Susanne Vang Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company

Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company

"We were looking for a partner, who had a positive approach to Mental Health & Wellbeing. Someone who could convey the message in an engaging way while still being laser sharp about the seriousness of taking care of your own wellbeing. It was important to select a program, which could embrace our Colgate Culture and at the same time tap straight into various local cultures and allow each individual to feel invited and listen to.

The program has been a great success with incredible high participation on both the virtual instructor-led sessions and the eLearning modules. What we particularly love is the bite-sized, fun and interactive way the eLearning is constructed with a great variety to keep the learner hooked.

The equal and unpretentious dialogue Oakwood masters creates psychological safety and opens up for dialogue, vulnerability - and the opportunity to proactively take responsibility"

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Lee Chambers Distribution Director, Unipart Group

Distribution Director, Unipart Group

The key to any content is in its delivery. Nothing short of world class Terry at our Operations Leadership training. Many, many of our colleagues have been discussing this today. That’s testament to your articulation of such a difficult topic. The content is so thought provoking and I’m already trying to embrace some new approaches for
my personal ‘wellbeing’ but importantly my team members.

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Jackie Molloy Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

I have experienced the Mental Health First Aid training previously and have always found it incredibly informative. What was different about Oakwood training was how they delivered. Terry is clearly an expert in the field but delivers in a way that facilitates empathy and thus brings the learning to life. The classroom element was relaxed yet highly informative and Terry was able to answer any questions we posed. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Oakwood training again

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Ciaran Butler Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company

Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company

"Very well, mixture of formats kept it fresh. The mix of interactive, video and stories made it easy to
stay engaged”

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Catherine Riordan Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

We had a great experience working with Oakwood Training who listened to our needs and provided a tailor made Introduction to Mental Health Awareness course for our Managers. The Trainers were really engaging and brought a wealth of experience. We are now following up with further Mental Health First Aid Training. I would really recommend Oakwood Training who have been a pleasure to work with.

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Helen Ashton Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust

Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust

As an L&D Manager, Oakwood Training are a joy to work with. I really value their “can do” attitude and keenness to help and support. Their ability to blend their professional expertise with our needs, produces training that always gets great feedback from participants.

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Paul Richens People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

We have been working with Oakwood since 2019 when they trained our Mental Health First Aiders. Royal Voluntary Service is delivering the NHS Volunteer Responders Programme in relation to COVID-19 and Oakwood have developed bespoke courses for us that have been delivered through live trainer-led virtual sessions.

These have included awareness programs on safe suicide conversations, self-care and group reflective practice. They have also provided one to one wellbeing support calls for members of our team. The virtual courses and support calls have been tailored to meet our specific needs and have been extremely well received by our team.

It's made a real difference in bringing groups together to talk about real-world examples so they can reflect on what they did and improve learning. It's also really helped build people's personal resilience during these difficult and challenging times. Oakwood have been very helpful and supportive and it's been a pleasure working with Gemma, Terry and the rest of the team.

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Helen Mather Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group

Group Learning and Development Manager, Longhurst Group

Oakwood deliver both Mental Health and Personal Safety courses for us. They really understand the issues our staff have in their roles and were able to adapt to this rather than just a generic off the shelf module. All I can say is how pleased I am with the work they have been doing with us since 2016. The feedback from staff is not just excellent, but how it adds value to what they are doing.

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Paula Timms UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's

UK Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo's

Oakwood's trainers were very personable, informative, interactive and inspiring.

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Paul Richens People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

People Programme Manager, Royal Voluntary Service

We have been working with Oakwood since 2019 when they trained our Mental Health First Aiders. Royal Voluntary Service is delivering the NHS Volunteer Responders Programme in relation to COVID-19 and Oakwood have developed bespoke courses for us that have been delivered through live trainer-led virtual sessions.

These have included awareness programs on safe suicide conversations, self-care and group reflective practice. They have also provided one to one wellbeing support calls for members of our team. The virtual courses and support calls have been tailored to meet our specific needs and have been extremely well received by our team.

It's made a real difference in bringing groups together to talk about real-world examples so they can reflect on what they did and improve learning. It's also really helped build people's personal resilience during these difficult and challenging times. Oakwood have been very helpful and supportive and it's been a pleasure working with Gemma, Terry and the rest of the team.

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Andy Latham Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Next

Oakwood have helped Next to embark upon their journey to improve the way those who experience mental ill-health are recognised, heard and helped. From the development of corporate objectives and a Mental Wellbeing Charter to the creation and delivery of a comprehensive training programme and procedures, Oakwood have been incredibly supportive at every stage.

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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Assistant Director People, Barnardos Scotland

Oakwood delivered Mental Health and Wellbeing training days for managers at Barnardo's Scotland. They were extremely responsive to our requirements and adapted the training to meet the needs of our organisation. Oakwood have an evident enthusiasm and passion for mental health and wellbeing and a willingness and ability to quickly adapt the training programme to suit the audience. I would happily recommend Oakwood to other clients and in fact have done so to internal colleagues who have also gone on to use them for training.

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Jackie Molloy Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

Assistant Director Human Resources - WM Housing Group

I have experienced the Mental Health First Aid training previously and have always found it incredibly informative. What was different about Oakwood training was how they delivered. Terry is clearly an expert in the field but delivers in a way that facilitates empathy and thus brings the learning to life. The classroom element was relaxed yet highly informative and Terry was able to answer any questions we posed. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Oakwood training again

profile-pic
Lee Chambers Distribution Director, Unipart Group

Distribution Director, Unipart Group

The key to any content is in its delivery. Nothing short of world class Terry at our Operations Leadership training. Many, many of our colleagues have been discussing this today. That’s testament to your articulation of such a difficult topic. The content is so thought provoking and I’m already trying to embrace some new approaches for
my personal ‘wellbeing’ but importantly my team members.

profile-pic
Tania Holcroft People and Culture Director, Greene King

People and Culture Director, Greene King

The best thing about working with Oakwood was their collaborative approach. They understood our needs from MHFA training through to Leading & Managing Wellbeing, as well as short immersive webinar sessions on looking after ourselves in Lockdown and bouncing back to reopening.

Our work with Oakwood gave us permission to discuss mental health at the leadership level and has changed the way our managers think about their team's wellbeing.

We've been able to measure the impact of these changes through our Lockdown 3.0 Engagement Survey and our annual survey.

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Ciaran Butler Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company

Business Analyst - Colgate-Palmolive Company

"Very well, mixture of formats kept it fresh. The mix of interactive, video and stories made it easy to
stay engaged”

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Lucy Finn Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s

Assistant Director People – Scotland and North of England, Barnardo’s

"We worked with Oakwood to implement mental health and wellbeing training across our workforce- this consisted of classroom based training for managers and a shorter online course. The online course was specifically designed to be lighter touch than the management course and focused on individual wellbeing. The online platform worked well in terms of delivering this as it allowed staff to undertake the training at their own pace at a time that suited them. The ability to start the course and then return to it later was also beneficial to staff in support roles as it allowed them to manage their time effectively and still carry out the day job. Feedback from staff has been very positive and they have commented that they were surprised how much they learned and took away from the online course"

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Catherine Riordan Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

Assistant Director People, Barnardo's Cymru

We had a great experience working with Oakwood Training who listened to our needs and provided a tailor made Introduction to Mental Health Awareness course for our Managers. The Trainers were really engaging and brought a wealth of experience. We are now following up with further Mental Health First Aid Training. I would really recommend Oakwood Training who have been a pleasure to work with.

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Helen Ashton Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust

Learning and Development Manager, Langley House Trust

As an L&D Manager, Oakwood Training are a joy to work with. I really value their “can do” attitude and keenness to help and support. Their ability to blend their professional expertise with our needs, produces training that always gets great feedback from participants.

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Susanne Vang Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company

Talent Acquisition & Learning Manager - Northern Europe, Colgate-Palmolive Company

"We were looking for a partner, who had a positive approach to Mental Health & Wellbeing. Someone who could convey the message in an engaging way while still being laser sharp about the seriousness of taking care of your own wellbeing. It was important to select a program, which could embrace our Colgate Culture and at the same time tap straight into various local cultures and allow each individual to feel invited and listen to.

The program has been a great success with incredible high participation on both the virtual instructor-led sessions and the eLearning modules. What we particularly love is the bite-sized, fun and interactive way the eLearning is constructed with a great variety to keep the learner hooked.

The equal and unpretentious dialogue Oakwood masters creates psychological safety and opens up for dialogue, vulnerability - and the opportunity to proactively take responsibility"