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News from March on Stress – June 2020

Added on the 25th June 2020

Introduction by Professor Neil Greenberg

The March on Stress team have had a hectic few months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK. We have adapted our training so we can deliver it online, responded to many urgent requests for training from key worker organisations and expanded our clinical services to help organisations provide high quality, occupationally focused care for their staff. On a personal note, I have been privileged to be part of the NHS people mental wellbeing team as well as being asked to be an expert advisor for Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social care. It’s been great to put all the academic work that underpins our March on Stress services to good use helping the nation come through this crisis. I remain immensely proud of our March on Stress team who consistently deliver high quality advice, training and support and we are all very grateful to our loyal clients who we look forward to working with in the years ahead.

Latest news

StRaW® remote training in July – last few places remaining

We have a couple of places left for our remote StRaW (Sustaining Resilience at Work) all comers training in July. The training will be delivered live, via Zoom. StRaW is becoming ever more widely used and is a helpful way of ensuring that organisations can protect the mental health of their staff.

7th-8th July – Two-day StRaW Practitioners course

9th July – One-day StRaW Managers course

Please contact us for more details or to book.

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StRaW® BTEC coming soon!

We are really pleased to confirm we have a new qualification available with our StRaW courses. Our StRaW BTEC level 3 is available to in date (trained or refreshed in the past two years) StRaW Practitioners and Managers. Going forward, it will be included in course prices, those already trained can contact us for pricing details.

The qualification involves completing a post-course assignment, with a series of questions and a case study based upon what you have learnt on the course. We are delighted to work with Pearson Education to offer this opportunity to our delegates to further enhance their learning from the StRaW training.

We can begin to process registrations in the coming weeks, and will contact our in date StRaW personnel with further information. You can also register your interest with us by contacting

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REACTMH® rolled out to support NHS

If you have been on a March on Stress StRaW, or TRiM, course you will no doubt be familiar with REACTMH – an intervention developed by our experts to help people (especially supervisors) to have ‘psychologically savvy’ conversations through a structured approach and active listening.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked with many NHS Trusts to deliver REACTMH sessions, either in bitesize 45 min-1 hour workshops or a longer half day session providing REACTMH as part of comprehensive trauma/stress-at-work awareness package aimed at managers. We have also successfully trialled REACTMH for educational environments, where ensuring staff have psychologically savvy supervisors is also of great importance.

In addition, we have delivered ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions to enable NHS Trusts to go back and train as many of their supervisors as possible in this important area.

Our team are well aware of the huge impact that line managers, and others in supervisory roles, can have on the mental wellbeing of their teams. In a nutshell, the training enables supervisors to identify, engage with and support people in their teams who may be struggling with their mental health. The training is designed to improve supervisor’s confidence in initiating supportive wellbeing conversations.

Read more on REACTMH here.

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care. Read more here.

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Remote training for the first time

We have been running remote training both in the UK and abroad over the past couple of months – a first for us at March on Stress! While face to face training remains preferable, we have found the remote training to work effectively, with positive feedback from participants and trainers…

“I really liked doing this online. It worked really well practically saved time and the use of break out rooms was great.”

“It was professional and thorough and despite virtual working it was really easy to follow.”

“The Zoom aspect wasn’t an issue - would have been nice to all be in the room together but not a big issue that we weren’t. Still felt very connected to everyone.”

We have reduced course numbers a little for the remote training and made use of virtual break out rooms and other features to bring training from the classroom to the laptop/tablet!

While we continue to be able to offer our essential training, face to face for key workers – we are pleased to have supported many clients with this remote option. Please get in touch if you are ready to look at further training and would like to discuss the options available.

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COVID 19 – resources to support mental health at work

March on Stress Director, Professor Neil Greenberg, developed and led the staff mental health strategy at the London Nightingale hospital during the peak of the Corona Virus pandemic.

A new comment paper published in the Lancet ‘How can the NHS protect staff mental health after the Covid 19 crisis?’ follows the London Nightingale (Royal College of Psychiatrists) recovery plan. You can access the paper here here.

Neil has also recently joined the Board of Trustees for the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and worked with the team to produce a new toolkit for Sustaining Work-Relevant Mental Health Post COVID-19.

Line managers need to support the mental health of workers returning to the workplace and the toolkit was developed to do just that.

The evidence-based toolkit is available from the SOM website here.

Here are some other links which may be useful as you and your colleagues return to the workplace:

Creating a safe workplace post-Covid19 – click here.

Skills fOr Life Adjustment and Resilience (SOLAR) program – a brief, scalable psychosocial intervention or mental health after disasters – might be useful post Covid – abstract available here with full paper due out soon.

COVID-19 and prisons: Providing mental health care for people in prison, minimising moral injury and psychological distress in mental health staff – click here.

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Recognising Moral Injury

Moral Injury has been much talked about over the past couple of months. It refers to the psychological distress which results from actions, or the lack of them, which violate someone’s moral or ethical code. Unlike formal mental health conditions such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, moral injury is not a mental health illness. However, those who develop moral injuries are likely to experience negative thoughts about themselves or others as well as intense feelings of shame, guilt or disgust. These symptoms can contribute to the development of mental health difficulties.

A new paper discusses ‘Limiting moral injury in healthcare professionals during the Covid 19 pandemic’ – click here.

Another useful new paper out looks at ‘Moral Injury in a context of a trauma’ – click here.

We have delivered a number of short workshops to organisations on moral injury – for more details please get in touch.

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Update to TRiM Risk Factors

We continually review and update our training and resources based on scientific evidence and in April 2020, we made a change to one of the TRiM risk factors, adding to it in line with new evidence.

We have contacted TRiM leads for organisations with in-date TRiM personnel to advise of the update, as well as individuals that have attended an all comers course in the past two years.

If you have not received the update via your TRiM lead, or from us directly, and you have been TRiM trained or refreshed by March on Stress in the past two years, please get in touch.

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March on Stress conference round up

The second March on Stress conference took place on Tuesday, 11th February 2020 – bringing together wonderful speakers and delegates for a worthwhile day.

Our team really enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many of you there and to hear how things are going in your organisations, while sharing information and knowledge from our team and the experts who joined us for the day.

Read more about the event here. We also spoke to a couple of people about TRiM at the conference, you can watch a short video here. If you would like to be contacted about future events, please let us know at

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What is TRiM? Prof Greenberg explains in new video

Professor Neil Greenberg gives a short summary of TRiM in this new video.

You are welcome to share among colleagues or to use on TRiM intranet sites or at staff briefings.

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Vetlife Health support

Our dedicated clinical team continue to support the veterinary community, through our work for the charity Vetlife in providing the Vetlife Health Support (VHS) service.

As part of the service, March on Stress clinicians carry out a full clinical assessment with beneficiaries and offer ongoing support as required.

A study into the service was published recently showing that 97% of respondents reported a positive experience with VHS. It also showed beneficiaries experienced significant improvements in relationships with others after engaging with VHS and were significantly more likely to be in receipt of formal mental health care after VHS than before.

Read more here.

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Inpatient Mental Health ward manager speaks about introducing TRiM

We were delighted to read a piece in Nursing Times Magazine from James White of Langdon Hospital in Devon, on the introduction of TRiM to his trust.

James and his colleagues undertook March on Stress TRiM training in 2019, before rolling out the process to the Trust, and are boosting their TRiM team further with upcoming TRiM Manager training planned.

Read more here.

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Future all comers course dates

We have TRiM course planned for Exeter and London this Autumn, please find dates and details below.

8th-9th September – Two-day TRiM Practitioners course in Exeter

10th-11th September – Two-day TRiM Managers* course in Exeter

6th-7th October - Two-day TRiM Practitioners course in London

8th-9th October – Two-day TRiM Managers* course in London

*TRiM Managers must first be trained as Practitioners.

We will be closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions over the coming months and if these courses cannot take place face to face then we will conduct them remotely instead.

Our next face to face StRaW all comers are being finalised and will take place towards the end of the year. To be kept informed of dates, please contact us.

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