To encourage positive mental health in your team whilst working from home, it’s vital to connect and communicate effectively as a leader within your organisation.

Wellbeing, stress and productivity can be improved with the right management techniques. It is essential that organisations are proactively looking at ways to improve the mental wellbeing of their staff.

According to Nuffield Health, 80% of UK workers feel that working from home has negatively impacted their mental health.

This highly interactive and virtual Remotely Managing Your Teams’ Mental Health training course has been specifically designed to help you manage your teams’ mental health and wellbeing needs.

Attend this virtual course to see how remote working impacts mental health; identify key triggers and stressors; develop strategies and techniques to help your remote team to pursue greater mental wellbeing, and develop a mental health plan that works for remote working.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

Please note this course will be using Zoom to deliver the day.

About the Chair: Nicola Lowit
Nicola is an experienced Senior Civil Servant, trainer, facilitator, and mindfulness teacher. With a background in learning and development, she worked in the voluntary sector and for the Open University before joining Central Government as an Education Advisor to prisons in England and Wales. Since then, Nicola has worked in a number of high profile roles within the Prison Service and the Ministry of Justice, including leading negotiations with the Youth Justice Board for the provision of custodial places for young people; setting up and leading the first Cross-Departmental Strategy Unit for Women in the Criminal Justice system; and latterly acting as Programme Director for a major prison transformation programme. Nicola is experienced in leading major business change and transformation programmes and is an accredited High Risk Programme Reviewer.

As well as facilitating the Crossing Thresholds development programme for women across the Civil Service, Nicola also regularly facilitates short workshops on leading change, wellbeing, and developing personal resilience, including for the Cabinet Office Women’s network and staff at Number 10. She is a mindfulness teacher and runs mindfulness taster sessions, drop in meditation sessions, and eight-week mindfulness for health and mindfulness for stress courses.

With a focus on inclusion, diversity and wellbeing, Nicola has an engaging and inclusive facilitation style and loves working with people and helping them fulfill their potential.

Nicola holds a degree in Social Science, a Masters degree in Education (adult learning), a Postgraduate diploma in Criminology, and is a graduate of the Oxford University Major Projects Leadership Academy. She is the co-Chair of Unitas, a charity which designs, manages and funds innovative national programmes for young people at risk of social exclusion and provides accredited training for the practitioners who work with them. Unitas has recently won the contract to provide the first Foundation Degree in Youth Justice.

09:25 - 9:30


09:30 - 9:45

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

9:45 - 10:45

Reviewing Mental Health and the Remote Workplace

  • Challenging misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health
  • Gain the latest guidance on mental health and remote working
  • Understand your legal duties when it comes to safeguarding staff mental health
  • Understanding the effects of poor mental health on employees
  • How mental health affects your organisation
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Identifying Triggers and Stressors in Your Remote Work Environment

  • Recognising good and bad practice
  • The difference between pressure and stress – positive driver vs. negative energy sap
12:00 - 13:00

Employee Strategies: Helping Your Remote Team to Pursue Mental Wellbeing

  • Practicing self-care whilst working from home
  • Having virtual conversations around mental health
  • The importance of supporting colleagues
  • Tackling loneliness
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:00

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
14:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Designing a Mental Health Plan that Works for Your Team

  • Creating your own wellness action plan
  • Practicing responses in disclosure conversations
  • Determining useful tools and resources to signpost
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways