Mental Health Mentoring supports individuals with a diagnosed mental health condition and focuses on how it impacts their work and workplace.
Mental Health Mentoring enables the individual to establish a private and safe relationship with their mentor who understands the demands of their job in the context of their condition, how it impacts the individual, and appreciates the resultant psychological difficulties and problems that they may face within the workplace. Over time, a supportive and respectful relationship of trust is developed allowing the person to explore issues affecting them and to work on overcoming those barriers.
The Mental Health Mentor supports the staff member with problem-solving, decision-making and testing out new strategies for coping. Mentoring can highlight destructive work patterns, blind spots and difficulties that the individual is experiencing in relation to others, or their work, and helps address these issues.
Mental Health Mentoring sessions offer opportunities for reflection and constructive feedback to enhance personal development. This not only benefits the individual but also the work they undertake and the relationships they have with colleagues and management.
Sessions can be offered as a one off, but are usually most effective where several sessions are scheduled over a set amount of time. This enables the Mental Health Mentoring to become embedded into every day working practice.
By completing the registration form UMO’s Referrals Coordinator will be in contact to organise your mentoring.