Training to cope with the mental health challenges of working from home 

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Training for dealing with the mental health challenges of working from home is being offered by Psychology researchers at the University of Strathclyde. 

The webinar sessions are designed to offer evidence-based advice on maintaining wellbeing and productivity while working from home and on planning for returning to work environments, as well as embracing different approaches. 

The researchers offer guidance on setting boundaries between work and home life, keeping in touch with colleagues, maintaining effective team working, building resilience and pursuing healthy lifestyles. 

Participants also have the chance to ask questions at the end of the sessions. 

The training has been developed with, and funded by, the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Directorate.  

Dr Nicola Cogan, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer of Strathclyde’s School of Psychological Sciences and Health, said: “There has been a great deal of discussion about working from home during the pandemic but there has still been little research done into its impact on mental health. 

“This is an issue which needs to be looked at to support workers’ wellbeing and retain their productivity. Our training is aimed at supporting resilience, keeping strong teams together and promoting positive coping strategies for working from home.” 

Dr Liza Morton, Counselling Psychologist and a Guest Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, said: “We have drawn upon the latest evidence base on the impact of working from home for these sessions and the feedback we have had so far for the training has been very positive.  

“We aim to take the training further when there’s a move from working from home to more blended approaches.” 

Information on the training can be obtained from Dr Cogan.