Peter Larkum's presentation raised so many questions that we were unable to cover them all during the time available. However, Peter has provided the following answers (see here: https://conferences.int-comp.org/documents/q-a-how-to-address-the-stress for a downloadable PDF version).As a manager, how do i support my team better (remotely)?Keep lines of communication open - Use the 'Thorn', 'Bud' and 'Rose' questions to allow people to share. This will build a better connection with your team. Also look into the MHFA 4hr Awareness course for more knowledge about mental health illnesses.If you see someone in your team struggling, how would you recommend approaching it carefully, or would you wait until they approach you?Don’t wait. Be clear and direct: How are you doing today? I’ve noticed some changes in you recently, I’d love to help and support you better if I can... The Full Adult MHFAider course would really help here.Top tips to relieve stress?Exercise - Mindfulness - Talking therapies - SleepAlso identify what it is that is making you stressed and explore how to regain control of it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help for yourself too, it is not a sign of weakness.How can you help a colleague who you suspect is struggling with mental health?Open up the conversation with the questions above. Signpost towards internal (within your company) and external (within the community) support: MHFAiders, Line management, Occupational health, Employees Assistance Programme | GP, IAPT, counselling, therapy, Samaritans, CALM.If you're struggling with your own mental health at work, how can you better support a member of your team who is also struggling?Look after yourself first!! It’s harder to support others if you are struggling yourself. SELF CARE is essential. Signpost them towards help and seek help yourself.If an employee approaches you and discloses a fairly extensive mental health history, how do you manage this? As I'm not qualified I'm worried I will say the wrong thing.It’s part of your role to support this person. Get help and support from HR, Occ Health, EAP. This is also where having a team of MHFAiders is key.This is a much bigger answer than this small space allows.If you are signed off work due to stress, there can be added anxiety that work might not pay you. What protection is there for an employee?Look at your sickness absence policies re: Stress Management and Sickness Absence. The most important thing with stress is to understand what has caused the stress and begin to manage that stress. Also - Ask for help.Can we be trained to increase our capacity for stress?Yes you can. But I personally would encourage you to try and reduce the stressors, rather than increase your capacity.What resources are there available for managers dealing with team mental health concerns at work?MHFA Training is key for resources. I also spoke about the GREAT DREAM and other management training is available. I would recommend LMI-UK (Nick Howes). You can also access www.mentality.work - a 1hr online video training to help all staff talk more openly about ‘bad days’.I have been very resilient to stress in the last 17 years of work life. Does it put me at risk of falling prey to a mental condition in later life when I retire?Yes and No. Great Answer! Resilience is key, but we must remember there is no immunity to mental health illnesses. Retirement can be a significant stressor. Stay active, volunteer, speak to people, engage with positive habits ... Look after yourself.How would you suggest supporting a team member suffering with mental health problems, particularly someone who appears not to want to accept/seek support?This is really tough to answer in this space ... You can’t force someone to get better. An important question is: are they able to do the job you are paying them for? If 'Yes' - Great, if 'No' ... this can then become an issue. Much deeper conversation needed for this question.Feel free to email : firstname.lastname@example.org for more information - or to arrange a zoom call
Some questions from James Wood-Rickett's presentation, for further discussion:Why don't companies see illegal wildlife trade as important as other trafficking offences?The cull will continue as long as consumers exist around the world. Controls can help stop a very small fraction. How do we change people's mindset to NOT BUY these products?Do you see wildlife trafficking becoming more common in everyday life rather than just on the black market?