Mental Health Awareness Training


Promote understanding and support around mental health with our “Mental Health Awareness Training” course. This training is designed for employees at all levels to help break the stigma around mental health issues, provide tools for recognizing mental health problems, and encourage supportive behaviours in the workplace.


Mental health is a crucial aspect of overall well-being, yet it often goes unaddressed in the workplace due to stigma and lack of awareness. This course offers essential education on mental health issues, equipping participants with knowledge and skills to support colleagues effectively and contribute to a healthier workplace environment.


This course is ideal for:

Course Outline

Understanding Mental Health in Corporate Context:

  • Basic concepts of mental health and mental illness.
  • Common myths and misconceptions that contribute to stigma.

Identifying Mental Health Issues:

  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.
  • Understanding the impact of mental health in the workplace.

Supportive Communication:

  • Techniques for talking about mental health in a respectful and supportive manner.
  • How to listen actively and empathetically to colleagues who may be struggling.

Creating a Supportive Environment:

  • Strategies for creating and promoting a mental health-friendly workplace.
  • Policies and practices that support mental health, including reasonable accommodations and return-to-work plans.

Resources and Help:

  • Overview of professional mental health resources available, including how to access and when to refer someone to professional help.
  • The role of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and how they can be utilized.

Self-Care and Resilience:

  • Importance of self-care for maintaining mental health.
  • Practical tips and exercises for building personal resilience and managing stress.

Crisis Management:

  • How to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis in the workplace.
  • Guidelines for emergency response and contacting professional help.


Participants will:

  • Develop a solid understanding of key mental health issues and their impact.
  • Learn supportive communication skills to help foster an inclusive work environment.
  • Be equipped with practical knowledge on promoting and maintaining mental wellness, both personally and among colleagues.
  1. Promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination
  2. Implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce.’

Welcome to our complete guide on Employment equity and its new 2023 amendments. Right here, we will offer you with clear and concise information about this important new EE legislation, ensuring you understand its motive, key principles, EE changes, Compliance and the obligations it imposes on employers. We will also talk the newest amendments and their impact, retaining you updated with the modern day compliance requirements.

At its core, Employment Equity aims to promote fair and equitable workplaces by addressing systemic discrimination and ensuring equal opportunities for all employees. This Act encourages employers to create inclusive environments where diversity is valued and individuals from designated groups have equal access to employment and advancement opportunities.

With the current amendments, Employment Equity has undergone essential modifications. We are going to delve into those updates, highlighting the important areas affected and the implications for employers. By understanding the amended provisions, you will be better equipped to navigate compliance necessities and ensure your employer meets its obligations. At McDowell Development Institute South Africa ( MDSA ) We believe Employment Equity should be about Transformation, Diversity, Inclusive and Equity.

In terms of the new amendment,

  1. Changes include the introduction of an Employer Equity Certificate of Compliance which companies wishing to participate in state contracts are now required to provide. Companies without an Employment Equity Certificate of Compliance will not be able to receive any points under the Management Control pillar of the B-BBEE scorecard and could be subject to fines and penalties for non-compliance with the Employment Equity Act. Management Control has traditionally been the pillar that all sectors struggle the most with.
  2. Sector-specific targets set by the Minister of Employment and Labour ostensibly after consultations with industry over the past 18 months, appear to have been more closely aligned to the BEE scorecard.

The newly amended Employment Equity (EE) Act to aid workplace transformation in SA to come into operation on 01 September 2023


Mental Health Awareness Training is an essential course for all employees aiming to create a more understanding, supportive, and productive workplace. By addressing mental health openly and respectfully, we can help eliminate stigma and ensure that all employees have access to the support they need.

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