WELCOME

"Human beings are not perfect and there is no such thing as the perfect life. 

The pursuit of perfection provides the perfect breeding ground for anxiety and depression, and will ultimately contribute to the decline of an individual's mental health. The sooner the workplace embraces this fact the better it will be for employees and employers."

Grey & White provide mental wellbeing and psychological services to organisations and individuals.

 

We are passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental health, either through education, policy change, workshops or awareness training.

 

Our aims are:

'Ensure mental health is an equal to physical health'

'Support organisations to embrace a positive and open culture towards mental health'

'Provide workshops that encourage empathy and connection between individuals'

'Offer private therapy to individuals and groups'

If you would like to find out more about how we can help please visit the contact page below.

 

"61% of employees have experienced mental health issues due to work or where work was a related factor"

Mental Health at Work 2018 Survey  - "Seizing the Momentum" 

 

ABOUT US

Grey & White was established with one purpose in mind, to educate people about mental health. From the workplace through to individuals, we wish to breakdown the barriers that exist for those who live with, work with or operate in the field of mental health. Whether it is changing workplace cultures, providing educational workshops and training, offering 1 to 1 support, helping inform policy or improving access to therapy, our passion is unequivocal. 

Founded in 2018, we are still a young organisation but have the passion to make a difference to mental health in the workplace. Our skill set is a mixture of coaching, counselling, Transactional Analysis, project management and occupational health and safety.

Grey & White is operated by Richard Lessels, who has 25 years experience in project management, workplaces and health and safety. During his career he's worked with a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including Bupa, NHS, police, local authorities and operating an SME for 8 years. Following his passion for mental health and psychology, he spent 3 years studying for a diploma in Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy at Elan Training and Development. He also holds the NEBOSH diploma in Health & Safety, which provides a good blend of experience and knowledge across workplace H&S requirements, employer duties and the psychological wellbeing of employees.

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am,

then I can change."

Carl Rogers

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing - it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health can affect daily life, relationships and physical health. Mental health also includes a person's ability to enjoy life - to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. 

As with physical health, if an individual's mental wellbeing is ignored, then any issues that exist are only likely to deteriorate. That is why encouraging an open culture and removing the stigma associated with mental health is vitally important. Whether that is on a 1 to 1 basis or across an entire organisation, the tangible and intangible barriers that exist need to be identified and removed.

Mental health is without doubt one of the biggest challenges facing society today. Bearing this in mind, our goal is to fight in that challenge and ensure all those who are or will struggle with their mental health are not ignored. From working with organisations to members of the public, Grey & White wants to ensure the conversations that aren't happening begin to take place.

 
 

"1 in 6 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year."

Time to Change Campaign

WORKPLACE

Mental health does not stop the moment people walk into their place of work. Depression, anxiety, stress do not operate on a set clock and left unattended, the impact on a person's general wellbeing and productivity can be far reaching. 

Under the Health & Safety at Work Act all employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. In 2017 the 'Thriving at Work' report was published, which set out a framework of actions employers could put in place to help raise awareness and promote a culture that is positive of mental health.

They include actions such as:

  • Forming a mental health work plan

  • Encouraging open conversations to reduce stigma 

  • Developing mental health awareness among employees

  • Routinely monitoring employee mental health and wellbeing

Alongside this, campaigns such as 'Time to Change' have helped to ensure mental health is on the agenda.

Grey & White can help organisations to promote an open culture of mental health in the workplace. Through workshops, policies and practical support we are able to provide a bespoke service working with internal and external stakeholders. 


For further information please use the contact form below.

 
 

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate."

Carl Jung

SERVICES

At Grey & White we understand that mental health and wellbeing can be a daunting subject to face. Knowing where to begin and trying to quantify what mental health is and is not can mean leaving the subject to another day.

 

Our Advisory, Consulting and Educating services are designed to help organisations get off the ground when it comes to implementing a positive culture of mental wellbeing in the workplace. We will work alongside your internal resources to improve policies, implement best practice, provide awareness training and support individual employees or teams. 

When it comes to addressing mental health in the workplace it is often difficult to know where to start. Questions such as which department mental health should belong to, the best way to reach employees, how to go about raising awareness are all typical barriers that can be encountered.

At Grey & White we can act as your internal guide and expert, bringing commercial, mental health and workplace health and safety experience to the table. We can engage with your HR teams, health & safety professionals and senior members of your organisation to help you gain a better understanding of how to embrace a positive culture towards mental health and ensure the needs of your employees are met.

ADVISING

All employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Not only does that make common sense, but it also contributes towards a far more productive environment. Policies, best practice and training are all ways to ensure that these duties are met.

 

But how do you start encompassing mental health into a policy? How do you embed a culture across the workforce? How do you know which is the best or right training?

 

We have a unique mix of experience at Grey & White, which allows us to see a broader picture and implement productive mental health strategies within the workplace. We will work with your own project team or bring in a team of our own to help ensure your organisation's journey with mental wellbeing gets off to a good start.

CONSULTING

Whilst there is a lot of coverage in the media about mental health these days, which includes high profile individuals and members of the royal family sharing their stories, actually 'knowing' what mental health is and what it isn't involves more than just reading a headline or liking a Facebook post.

We believe that knowledge is vitally important when it comes to raising awareness of mental health. By providing awareness workshops to an organisation's employees, we look to encourage individuals to talk about their own experiences, share coping strategies and learn from their colleagues. We can facilitate small or large workshops, give presentations to wider audiences or participate in 1-1 sessions with employees. 

EDUCATING

 

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."

Abraham Maslow

 

CONTACT

For further information please fill out the contact form below. You can also send an email by clicking here.

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