How can BrainSweet help you?

BrainSweet workshops are all about helping you to help yourself

If you are a HR Professional

Throughout my 20 year career in Human Resources, I was frequently contacted by People Managers asking for advice.

Throughout my 20 year career in Human Resources, I was frequently contacted by People Managers asking for advice.

“Sarah in my team has let me know she is struggling with depression/anxiety. What should I do?”

I would coach the Manager to offer a range of support strategies. These included:

  • Temporary flexible work options
  • Temporary role modification
  • Access to free counselling via employee assistance programs

From a big picture perspective, I would also implement training for managers to help them recognise mental health issues and respond appropriately.

Beyond that though, my hands were tied. There was little I could do for the actual individual experiencing the depression. Usually, they were understandably private about what they were going through and I whilst I could encourage them to get professional assistance, ultimately they had to own their own recovery.

BrainSweet Offerings

BrainSweet offers you, as the HR practitioner, an additional strategy to offer employees who are experiencing mild to moderate depression*.

Whilst your organisation funds the program, beyond that the experience is totally personal.

  • Participants are in an off-site workshop, with a maximum of 12 participants, where they only share their first name with the group.
  • They are not asked where they work.
  • They are not asked to divulge information regarding their medical status.
  • They are not asked to do anything that is too overwhelming.
  • BrainSweet does not provide any kind of feedback to the organisation whatsoever, except to confirm that the person attended the training.

Rather, your employee will spend a day in a totally safe environment where they learn evidence based strategies to help them take ownership of their own mental health.

If you are experiencing depression

Are you struggling with mild to moderate depression? Or perhaps you’re travelling well at the moment, but know that you have a pre-disposition to going on a downward spiral every few years?

Step 1 is always to make sure you seek professional assistance, from your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Step 2 is to supplement the support you receive from professionals by taking ownership of your wellbeing journey– and that is where BrainSweet comes in.

BrainSweet is an informative workshop designed to teach you some fundamentals about your brain, and how simple lifestyle strategies can have a positive effect on your brain, and thereby your mental wellbeing.

The workshop is evidence based, introducing strategies that are backed by research in a way that is easy to understand and apply to your own life.

Feel nervous about participating?

Clare Linane, the facilitator, has managed mental health challenges since she was 16 years old so knows a little about how you’re feeling. For that reason, she has made a few guidelines about BrainSweet workshops:

  • The workshop will be at an ‘off-site location’, with a maximum of 12 participants
  • You’ll only share your first name with the group.
  • You will not be asked where you work.
  • You will not be asked to divulge information regarding ‘why’ you’re there or your medical status
  • The workshop is not an emotional, ‘group therapy’ type of session – far from it! It is informative, based on FACTS about your brain and insights from neuroscientific. You will not be asked to share your inner world! It is also fun!
  • BrainSweet will not provide any kind of feedback to your organisation whatsoever, except to confirm that you attended

Rather, you will spend a day in a totally safe environment where you’ll learn evidence based strategies to help you take ownership of your own mental health.

BrainSweet is BrainSweet is not
A way to help you own and manage your mental well-being A magic bullet that will magically change you
Strategies that you can try out and talk to your doctor or counsellor about A substitute for professional medical advice
Strategies that can be used in addition to medication A substitute for medication
About maximising your well-being, which includes recognising that good health means experiencing a range of emotions Suggesting that happiness is normal, and sadness is abnormal
All of the story Just one small part of a huge, evolving puzzle

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