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Mental Health & Wellbeing Training

Champions and Allies

Having Allies and Champions in the workplace creates a safe environment for employees to discuss their mental health and wellbeing concerns without fear of judgement or discrimination.


Mental health and wellbeing Allies and Champions are in a privileged position to make a real difference to people’s lives.

They are the eyes and ears on the ground, an empathetic and compassionate ear. They are in a great position to signpost people towards the support they may need and promote individual and team wellbeing. They use their platform to raise awareness, challenge stigma, and promote positive attitudes towards mental health, which is especially important in the workplace.

With this empowering training programme, your Champions and Allies will understand the challenges individuals face, so they can provide effective support and promote a positive workplace culture around mental health. Though they are not counsellors or therapists (a message that is reinforced throughout our programmes), they play a vital role in promoting an open and supportive culture around mental health and wellbeing.

Flexible delivery and content

We specialise in supporting global brands who need a consistent yet flexible mental health and wellbeing Champions and Allies programme for their people in different countries.

Delivered in-person or as a live virtual programme led by 2 of our expert instructors, this empowering training typically runs for 1 or 2 days, depending on the needs and preferences of your organisation.

Suitable for a global audience, the flexible content, ongoing support and resources are tailored to your organisation’s needs, ensuring a consistent message. Available in up to 15 different languages, our diverse team from around the world ensure that no matter where you are, our courses make sense and connect in the context and culture of the home language in which they are delivered.

Example Training for Allies & Champions​

Here is an example of a typical 2-day in-person or live virtual Mental Health & Wellbeing Allies and Champions training course. Your input would be most welcome to make it truly meaningful and bespoke to your organisation.

Session 1 – Understanding Mental Health

  • The role of the Ally/Champion (including boundaries, confidentiality and self care)
  • What is mental health? (including a continuum approach)
  • Understanding mental illness in your local context
  • What causes mental ill health?
  • Mental health and stress in the workplace (including presenteeism)
  • Building a mentally healthy workplace
  • How to promote a culture of wellbeing to challenge myth and stigma
  • The impact of change on wellbeing
  • The link between performance and wellbeing

Session 2 – Common Disorders

Recognising the early signs and symptoms of the most common workplace mental health issues. Content may vary depending on location and your specific needs, but typically includes stress, anxiety and depression. We can also include:

  • Suicidal crisis
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders (including psychosis and bipolar)
  • The effect of alcohol and drugs on mental health

Session 3 – How to talk to somebody

  • How to support someone showing signs of poor wellbeing
  • How to have a supportive conversation about mental health (exploring best practice around listening skills and communication skills and looking at common concerns, like ‘saying the wrong thing’)
  • Providing support and information (internal/external resources)
  • Signposting towards professional support
  • Wellbeing considerations in a world of flexible working and remote workers

Session 4 – Looking after yourself

  • Understanding burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
  • How we respond to pressure and stress
  • The impact of mindset
  • Effective stress management strategies
  • How to build personal resilience with specific, practical tools
  • Developing your own wellbeing plan
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Advice & Guidance

Oakwood can provide support and direction on all aspects of implementing your in-house wellbeing Allies and Champions programme.

Advice on how to select and support your Champions/Allies and how to implement the approach into the workplace

Help to set up an internal support group/forum to provide peer support and guidance

Introduce you to other companies who have successfully embedded their allies into their organisations

Offer a programme of ongoing support which will be tailored around your specific needs

On-going support for Mental Health Champions, Allies or First Aiders

Our post-training support programme is tailored specifically to your organisation. A typical timeline might include bi-monthly follow-up sessions that concentrate on sharing best practices, exchanging experiences, and tackling challenges, to maximise the use and impact of your champions, allies or first aiders.

Additional Post-Training Support

Meaningful change doesn’t happen as a result of one session. On completion of the live training, your people will receive free additional practical resources to enhance their learning and share with their teams.

We also offer a range of additional options that can be blended into an optional package of post-training support.

Practical Resources We will share free bite sized videos, ‘activations’, downloads and more - including country and language-specific resources and signposting.

'Upskill' Sessions:A chance for individuals and teams to join our interactive live sessions and webinars to enhance their skillset and deepen their understanding of vital topics.

'Get Togethers': Connect, share strategies, and review progress in an informal virtual setting. Led by a member of the Oakwood team, this is a chance learn from one another, boost motivation and encourage proactive steps.

Reflective Practice: A chance for individuals and teams to connect with an Oakwood trainer after a period of implementing their learning to reflect on their experience.

Wellbeing Support Calls: Access confidential, non-judgmental support for self-care and resilience from one of our experienced team members.

Ongoing Support: Create a tailored post-training programme, including 'Upskill' sessions and virtual 'Get Togethers', to support your newly trained mental health first aiders, allies, champions and ambassadors.

Ready to invest in the mental wellbeing of your team?

We’d love to find out more about you and your organisation, and how we can help. 

Contact us to discuss your training needs.

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