The Licensed Trade Charity, a free service for all pub and bar people, has recently begun a three-year roadshow of mental health training sessions to ensure pubs are fully educated on how to give their staff the best possible guidance through difficult times.
With licensees and their staff working together through Pubwatch to ensure a safe drinking environment on their premises, the Licensed Trade Charity acknowledges what a demanding and challenging working environment it can be for staff. It is therefore seeking to help operators offer the maximum amount of guidance to staff who may need additional support through regional workshops that are attended by a range of major pubcos through to individual licensees.
The one-day training sessions enable managers to develop a greater knowledge of the most common mental health issues in the workplace, how to best support someone with mental health problems and give managers the confidence to deal with difficult situations that may arise.
60% of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue where work was a contributing factor, and 31% have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition. With the cost to employers of mental health issues at work reaching £34.9 billion for the year 2016/17 through sickness absence, reduced productivity and replacing staff, this vital issue is now being tackled within the drinks trade.
Free to attend, the locations for the next three training sessions have been announced as:
• 26th February – London
• 19th March – Manchester
• 16th April – Bristol
There will then continue to be one regional workshop per month with the dates set to be revealed shortly. Pubcos and licensees can register their interest in attending one of the sessions by clicking and completing the form at the bottom of the page.
Mental health training is just the latest addition to the suite of support services that the Licensed Trade Charity offers pub and bar people, with all employees in the trade able to access a free 24/7 helpline (0808 801 0550) and website. These provide a range of advice and help on topics that people may have worries about or need guidance on, such as housing, money health and training. In 2017 the charity also gave out almost £1m in grants covering everything from short-term rent and utility bill payments to white goods, disability aids, convalescence and funeral grants.