NI Water AUTUMN SAFETY WEEK – Events in support of Mental Health Awareness 2017

Dave Mullan

During AUTUMN SAFETY WEEK Northern Ireland Water are offering a range of courses and information to help tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental health problems in the workplace.

Challenging negative assumptions about mental health problems and the ability to recover from them helps everyone, and can mean that all employees are more likely to seek help earlier and recover more quickly.

Our programme has a range of free resources, including posters and leaflets, which can be downloaded and displayed in the workplace to stimulate discussion and help improve attitudes.

In addition, there are options for Workplace Training for managers and staff to support and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of employees. These courses are delivered by our Employee Assistance Programme provider – Inspire Ltd. The trainer is John Foster who is an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor based at St Marys College Belfast. John is involved in facilitating a range of counselling programmes with many leading corporate institutions including Google, Facebook, Hewlett Packard and many universities, community groups and private clients throughout UK and Ireland.

To register for courses, or get more information on Northern Ireland Water Mental Health Awareness resources use the links below

Click the link in italics and register by email for courses:


Course Title




Positive Mental Health for Individuals – Training Programme


Any Northern Ireland Water employee

1-day course which promotes an understanding of positive mental health. Equips employees with coping strategies aimed at alleviating stress and helps to deal the emotional impact of work by addressing both psychological and physical well-being.



Managers Promoting Positive Mental Health Training Programme


All Northern Ireland Water Team Leaders

1-day course to teach good practice in promoting positive mental health, as well as offering practical examples of how to support staff experiencing mental health problems.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course

Employees who are willing to act as a contact point for colleagues in need of assistance

2- day course, MHFA teaches participants:

  • How to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems
  • How to provide initial help
  • How to go about guiding a person towards appropriate professional help


Information sources;

Dave Mullan HR, Well-being Coordinator