Care staff who suffer from anxiety can now access a new online course to help them manage their condition.
iHASCO, which provides specialist workplace training, has launched the course at a time when anxiety levels among adults are increasing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Office of National Statistic, 56% of adults have reported feeling anxious as a result of the pandemic. On top of this, 12.8 million working days are lost each year due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety, as documented by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
With this in mind, iHASCO said it is “vital” that employers offer their workforce the support that’s needed to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Lottie Galvin, studio manager and Mental Health first aider at iHASCO said: “Releasing this course has been a wonderful thing for us, as anxiety is debilitating for so many people and our team are fortunate to be in a position to help others.
“Anxiety affects all of us at some time in our lives, but for many it’s a daily burden, so we wanted to provide some simple tools that encourage people to take back control and reduce their own feelings of unease, worry or fear on a daily basis.
“Employers can also use this course as a facilitator for some open conversations on the subject of anxiety, how it affects their employees, and what changes can be made in the workplace to improve staff wellbeing.”
The IOSH approved and CPD accredited Managing Anxiety course is 25 minutes long, and features information about what anxiety is and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a problem solving approach
It explains the technique of mindfulness, as well as the nature and power of thought patterns. It also includes a range of techniques to help reduce anxiety, with further additional resources to support learning.