Over 18,000 people have enrolled on free online courses on maintaining mental health and wellbeing during self-isolation, delivered by Coventry University.
The course is part of the Thrive at Home initiative by the Mental Health and Productivity Pilot (MHPP), which is a partnership between Coventry and Warwick universities, mental health charity Mind, and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The three courses were designed and developed by the Coventry University Online Team and the school of psychology, social and behavioural sciences and are hosted by FutureLearn.
One of the scheme’s course, Work-Life Balance and the Impact of Remote Working, compares the key theories of work-life conflict, work-life integration and enrichment, and boundary management.
The courses are part of the Thrive at Home initiative by MHPP, in which we are playing a leading role alongside our regional partners in the West Midlands
– Prof Guy Daly, Coventry University
The second course, Motivation and Engagement in an Uncertain World, considers the importance of maintaining employee relationships, engagement and motivation.
The Managing Mental Health and Stress course explores the link between work-related stress and mental health problems.
Prof Guy Daly, deputy vice-chancellor (education and students), said: “I’m delighted to announce these free online courses to assist employers and employees during these trying times of change and uncertainty.
“The courses are part of the Thrive at Home initiative by MHPP, in which we are playing a leading role alongside our regional partners in the West Midlands. I am especially thankful to our CU Online Team and the School of Psychology, Social and Behavioural Sciences who have worked very quickly and efficiently to develop these courses – thank you to all those involved!”
MHPP’s free Thrive at Home toolkit, which is produced by the West Midlands Combined Authority, gives guidance to employers and managers to help their businesses to support employees who are working from home.