REACTMH training – how to have supportive conversations

REACTMH training – how to have supportive conversations

REACTMH® is a tool used in training, to help you to have supportive conversations with colleagues about their mental wellbeing. Research shows that many distressed people may not realise they are having difficulties, or may be reluctant, or not know how, to seek help.  

Staff working in stressful environments can find it really helpful to have these supportive conversations with colleagues who have had the ReactMH training.  

What is REACTMH training? 

  • Structured wellbeing conversation training 

  • Improves your confidence in starting supportive conversations 

  • Helps you identify, engage and support people struggling with their wellbeing 

  • Usually a 1.5 hour course, delivered online

Is there evidence that it works? 

Yes. A study into REACTMH training in the Journal of Occupational Medicine in March 2021 found that brief active listening skills training was linked with significant improvements in managers being confident in recognising, speaking with and supporting healthcare workers. 

Feedback from course attendees

“Thank you for organising this training and making it accessible to us. I think everyone should be encouraged to attend and put the skills into practice with their direct reports, colleagues and wider teams.”

"It was good to stop my usual work and think about wellbeing. The training gave a good reminder that we should always find the time for our colleagues and to look after each other."

How can Wellbeing Matters help? 

We have our own REACTMH trained staff who can train you and support you. We can also help you get connected with the right place to get the training yourself. 

Can I get REACTMH training? 

Yes. The process varies depending on your employer* and area. 

How to book REACT MH training

If you work for... 

How to book 

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust,
NHS in West Berkshire (including all Primary Care),
and social care staff in BOB ICB (incl. West Berkshire)

Email the BOB ICB training team direct. They will confirm course dates and how to book your individual place.

Find training dates: REACT MH training dates to March 2023 (updated 9 Jan) 

Find out more about who is covered by this offer: REACT MH Training

NHS in East Berkshire, Frimley ICS, Frimley Hospital Foundation Trust  

Email to discuss training for your group 

Social care or voluntary organisations, East or West Berkshire
(social care in West Berkshire, please also see top row)

Email to discuss training for your group 

*If you’re NHSP, agency or temporary staff working in health and social care, you are eligible for our support, including this training. Use the contact above that applies to your organisation. 

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