This module will ask the question: What is good mental health and is it different to wellbeing? What is ‘normal’ and does it matter? What different kinds of problems might we experience with our mental health?

We’ll explore the foundations of mental health including safety, purpose, connection, good relationships and feeling we belong. We’ll discuss what these mean in practice and what makes them possible. We’ll cover some problems we might experience with our mental health, for example:

  • Feeling very strong moods or emotions that are unusual for us (this includes very low moods or depression)
  • Feeling anxious to the extent that it stops you doing things you want to do
  • Problems around eating
  • Hearing or seeing distressing things that other people don’t
  • Feeling fearful and paranoid, or having suspicions that cause you distress

Learning outcomes

We'll talk about what affects our mental health. What we can do individually and together to maintain and improve our mental health and wellbeing. As well as up-to-date, evidence-based information, there will be plenty of time for discussion and relating the content to our own and others’ situations. We will explore:

Events and circumstances

Mental health isn’t about what’s wrong with us – it’s often about what happens to us, or what should have happened for us but didn’t and the circumstances in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.

Relationships and connection

Mental health is fundamentally about social health, our relationships and the people we connect with. Our mental health and wellbeing are not a DIY project. (This is sometimes referred to as our ‘relational health.’)


Systems that are (or aren’t) compassionate, fair and just. These are a group of interacting, interdependent parts that form a complex whole such as the teams you are part of.


Our physical and psychological strengths and things we find difficult. Bringing mindful attention to your strengths helps to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

6 ways to wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation has identified six ways to wellbeing: Connecting with others, challenging yourself, giving to others, being active, embracing the moment, and caring for yourself.

It takes a village

Difficulties we face & individual solutions don’t address the whole story. What we can do as a team or organisation to maintain and improve our wellbeing, how this improves our productivity, our ability to do our work well and how much we enjoy what we do.

Get in touch

All of our workplace wellbeing programmes are developed from the ground up to meet the needs of the organisation we are working with. We will build a bespoke programme based on your requirements and our experiences.


Get in touch with our team of workplace wellbeing experts and see how we can help your organisation.