Financial services professionals globally are being offered the opportunity to learn how to boost their wellness, both personally and in the workplace and recognize, and seek help for, potentially addictive behavior.
Members of charity and professional body, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) can access the two new e-learning modules, free, through the CISI mental health portal. The modules, 30 minutes each, are interactive and test knowledge based around real-life scenarios. The combined learning between the two modules qualifies for one hour of CISI CPD.
The two e-learning modules were designed and produced for CISI members by Synergy Health, a specialist medical and care management consultancy practice.
Mental Health Awareness – Boosting Your Brain and Wellness in the Workplace focuses on creating a mentally healthy workplace, with strategies for maintaining wellness. The second module, Addiction Awareness, Stamping Out the Stigma and the Road to Recovery focuses on understanding addiction, how to recognize signs of addictive behavior, and where to seek help.
The CISI was one of the first sector professional bodies to create a mental health portal, following the results of its first-ever mental health survey and feedback from members. The portal was launched to encourage conversation around mental health in financial services and to help end the stigma around discussing mental health issues. In 2021, the CISI examined the effect the pandemic had on the mental health of finance workers, and in 2022 it looked at the effect of banter on finance professionals’ mental health. Last year, the professional body surveyed members to look at workplace support for women senior leaders going through menopause.
“More than ever, we all need to know support and strategies are available to help us maintain a level of positive mental health, to cope with the stresses and strains of both personal and professional life,” says Tracy Vegro, CISI chief executive. “These two new modules are an important resource for CISI’s membership community to navigate and understand some of these mental health challenges, whether it be developing mental health resilience or recognizing the signs of potential addiction.”
Synergy Health are delighted to be partnering with the CISI to provide members with training and awareness on mental health, well-being, and addiction, with a particular focus on these issues in the workplace.
“We hope to make a difference to people’s lives by raising awareness on these crucial topics and look forward to discussing our content in the forthcoming webinar,” says Dr. Simone Yule, clinical director of Synergy Health.