Are Your Employees Thriving At Work?

Stress, anxiety and depression are now among the leading causes of sickness absence from work (Office of National Statistics). And, based on national figures, around 15% of your workforce will have mental health problems. 

Better mental health support at work could save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.

In October 2017, the government published a report called ‘Thriving At Work’ by Stevenson and Farmer . The report looks at mental health in the workplace and highlights the significant costs to individuals, families and employers when mental health problems escalate. 

Stevenson and Farmer set out a vision to move the UK towards better mental health at work:

Employees in all types of employment will have “good work”, which contributes positively to their mental health, our society and our economy. 

Every one of us will have the knowledge, tools and confidence, to understand and look after our own mental health and the mental health of those around us.


Why should your business care about mental health?

Put simply, when your employees have positive mental health and feel supported, they will work well and be more productive and engaged at work. 

When your employees are struggling with their mental health, perhaps feeling stressed or depressed, this will impact on their productivity and ability to work.

There are ways you can support employees in taking care of their mental health and the good news is that these are also likely to be financially beneficial too. 

If your marketing department told you they could get a return on investment (ROI) of £4 for every £1 spent, it would seem an attractive proposition. Where companies have invested in improving mental health, there has been a consistently positive return on investment (see Deloitte’s report In fact, the average return per £1 spent was £4.20. Research in The Lancet (October 2017) revealed how a 4-hour face to face mental health training programme for managers could lead to a significant reduction in work-related sickness absence. The associated return on investment for each pound spent on such training as £9.98. 


What is mental health?

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. And we can all go through times in our life when we’re really thriving and times when we're struggling (and everything in between). Research shows that - just like looking after our physical bodies with healthy food, exercise and sleep-  there are tools we can use to look after our mental health too. 


What can ThinkAvellana do to help?

One of the core standards from the “Thriving at Work” report is to develop mental health awareness among employees by making information, tools and support accessible. 

Another is to encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling. 

Run by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Hazel Harrison, ThinkAvellana has a range of training packages specifically designed to meet these core standards. 

Time to Thrive - Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing 

This half day training session covers the basics on mental health. The goals for this session are:

  • introduce the common mental health problems including anxiety, stress and depression 
  • explore their impact of mental health and wellbeing within the workplace
  • share evidence-based tools to help people take care of their mental health and wellbeing

Our training sessions are always based on the latest science and explained with everyday language, stories and activities. We include practical tips about how to apply the learning in the workplace in simple, effective ways. 

We have a series of half day training sessions related to building Resilience:

1) Using stress to your advantage - a new perspective from the science of stress

  • What is stress? - Understanding what it does to our body and mind 
  • Exploring the science of stress
  • Considering the impact of stress on performance
  • Discovering the different types of stress responses

2) How to fail - and why the most successful people do

  • Understanding the science behind grit, growth mindset and goal setting
  • Testing out your mindset in relation to different challenges
  • Learning techniques to help you keep working towards difficult goals and overcome obstacles 

3) Refuelling - simple steps to increased energy, creativity and productivity

  • Exploring the science of mindfulness and trying out a variety of mindfulness activities
  • Learning about the thinking traps that can drain your energy
  • Making positive changes in your life to increase your well-being


What do our clients say about ThinkAvellana?


"Excellent session on stress. Informative, interactive and engaging. I would recommend Hazel highly as an expert who can deliver very relevant and dynamic sessions using research, clinical studies and the power of storytelling." 

Karen Webb - Learning and Development Manager, Birketts Law Firm


“Working with Hazel is an absolute pleasure. She is incredibly passionate and knowledgable about her work and research, and she brings it to life in a very engaging and inspiring way. Our employees have really benefitted from attending her workshops and training” 

Becky Bridson - HR Business Partner, Fremantle Media. 


“Hazel’s session was enjoyable, insightful and relevant on both a personal and professional level: it has already inspired several new initiates. Colleagues have been discussing what we learnt with enormous enthusiasm.’ 

Karen Davies - Academic and Pastoral Principle, Royal Ballet School


Help your workplace move towards positive mental health by emailing for more information.