A new free online training tool to promote better mental health in the workplace will be available to small and medium sized organisations, including charities and voluntary sector groups.

The Mental Health for Small Workplaces programme, launched by mental health charity Mind, is aimed at all organisations with fewer than 250 employees.

The programme consists of three training modules on building awareness of mental health, self-care and how to support colleagues, and is accessible via the Mental Health at Work website.

The website is a result of work between Mind and the mental health campaign Heads Together, which was launched by the Duke of Cambridge last year.

Faye McGuinness, head of workplace wellbeing programmes at Mind, said that poor mental health was now the number one reason for staff absence, with research from the charity showing that 48% of employees have experienced a mental health problem in their current jobs.

“We are beginning to see employers prioritise the mental health of their staff, but we have some way to go,” McGuinness said.

“Not only is looking after staff the right thing to do, but it also makes good business sense, resulting in increased productivity, morale and retention.”

For further information and to download the toolkit for your organisation, visit the Mental Health at Work website.