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■ Prioritising mental health at work

1 Promote a culture of openness, team feedback and reflection to help manage stress 2 Educate staff in mental health awareness and mental health first aid

"Our qualification increases learners’ awareness, encourages empathy and instils confidence to speak to people affected by mental ill-health" qualification and an experienced Active IQ training provider is second-to-none.. “Leisure centres act as community hubs and it’s important our services are all-encompassing, ensuring mental as well as physical health support is available,” says Fusion's Matthew Houghton. “With 87 sites and around 3,500 employees we’re conscious we can make a difference. We've trained mental health champions in centres to look out for members and colleagues, especially staff working shifts or long hours.

HEIGHTENING AWARENESS

“The Active IQ course heightened everyone’s awareness and developed empathy. It made us more mindful of staff needs and we’re looking at creating a mental health module to enhance employee training," says Houghton. “We've applied our learnings to our Exercise on Referral Schemes that previously only focused on improving physical conditions," he says. "We get referrals for depression and anxiety, so this is important. We knew the positive benefits

of exercise for mental health, but the course went into more depth in identifying symptoms and giving helpful strategies. “We trained a variety of colleagues to ensure our sites are covered including a learning and development manager, GP referral instructors and stroke referral instructors. From here we can cascade knowledge across the group and ensure ongoing training as new staff join. “Mental health issues are not always visible, but we now know the signs to look out for and how to help.” ●

3 Create quiet spaces where colleagues can enjoy some headspace 4 Give colleagues an opportunity to speak up, knowing they can expect full, nonjudgemental support 5 Work with local mental health charities to promote mental health wellness for members and staff Find out more www.activeiq.co.uk www.fusion-lifestyle.com www.mentalhealth.org.uk

FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION “The industry has mental health awareness but now we need to see action,” says Dr Dane Vishnubala. “I’m pleased to be chairing a seminar at the Elevate conference on ‘Ending the stigma of mental ill-health and the role of physical activity in promoting positive mental wellbeing’. That pretty much sums up the next steps for the sector. Our Mental Health Awareness qualification combined with the industry’s desire to bring about change can really make a difference."

Dr Dane Vishnubala

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Profile for Leisure Media

Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.