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Health and Wellbeing at Work

16 Oct 2023

i-ACT (for positive mental health)

Mind Matters Stand: 162

Having been developed in 2015, i-ACT is a relative new comer to the world of workplace mental health training, but that in no way holds it back. I-ACT is already delivering results and having a significant impact in the workplaces who have embraced it, this impact further showcased in the programme’s short-listing for the ‘This Can Happen 2020: Product Impact Award’. I-ACT (for Positive Mental Health and WELLbeing) offer a range of courses that not only support people with mental health difficulties, but do this in a truly pro-active way. I-ACT have thought about the different training needs of different workplace roles and developed complimentary courses for both Managers and for Employees/Front-line workers. The course materials are positive both in content and illustration, right down to the vibrant thumbs up logo used to reinforce the i-ACT help and support model, and are delivered in a positive way by its licensed Instructors who undertake a robust training and assessment process to prepare them for delivering the high quality courses. The real benefits of i-ACT, however, lie in an emphasis around what the participant can do after the training, both to ensure their own good mental health, and to help and support others. With a comprehensive manual and on-line bank of resources including templates, tools, tips, advice, and sign-posting, delegates have all the resources they need to support themselves and others at the earliest opportunity and in a pro-active way. I-ACT Practitioners retain their title and qualification for 3 years, including access to the wealth of on-line resources and tools. The training promotes all good management practices while giving participants a first response level knowledge of mental health in a safe and non-triggering manner.

For those Managers and Employees who would like the tools to ‘ACT’ rather than ‘RE-ACT’, i-ACT is the programme for you! I-ACT brilliantly compliments other mental health training programmes that exist, and contributes towards the ‘whole business/community’ approach to mental health. The courses are evidence based, accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and can be delivered nationally and internationally so lend themselves really well to global businesses that want to achieve a consistent business wide approach in the training they adopt.

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