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Mental Health and Well-being: In focus

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The lockdown measures put in place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic has restricted human interaction and lead to some work-life imbalances. That's why we’ve built this permanent hub to give you and your team the resources you need to help combat the mental health and well-being related issues you’re facing right now.

We have brought together 4 experts in recruitment and mental health to discuss why stress is a major problem that needs to be dealt with.

We will talk about what challenges the industry and recruitment companies are facing, what business leaders are or are not doing to support their teams and most importantly what you can start doing today to strengthen the mental resilience of your team and yourself.

  • Michelle Flynn - Recruitment Health Coach & CBT Practitioner
  • Rhonda D'Ambrosio - Founder of Mental Health in Recruitment
  • Craig Grant - Partner at Cititec
  • Matt Bagwell - Mental Health Ambassador & Advanced Breathwork Instructor

Find out more on Michelle Flynn's podcasts

What is stress? - Michelle Flynn

Certified coach and CBT practitioner Michelle Flynn talks about what stress is and why it's a problem to have chronic stress. In this video we learn how stress is a way through which our body tells us we're in danger and therefore protects us. Find out more about stress in this video.




In Michelle’s latest video, she is joined by Matthew Bagwell who is openly and honestly talking about Men’s Mental Health. Matt is a breathwork instructor at Love to Learn to, and he delivers free classes on Twitter to help optimise physical & mental performance through breathwork.

 As part of his story, Matt recognises that the subject of mental health needs to be discussed much more, particularly by men to remove the stigma around it. So, in order to raise more awareness, from September 5th 2021, Matt is completing the Run The Country Ultra marathon where he will be attempting to raise £105,000 for CALM (£100 for every 1 kilometre) - the Campaign Against Living Miserably which is leading a movement against suicide.

We all have mental health, and as someone who really cares about more people learning the tools and techniques to avoid burn out and to live more positive lives, this is Matt’s way of celebrating positive mental health and giving back to people.

You can help this amazing endeavour by getting involved. Every day, Matt will start his run at 8:00 AM - you can join Matt on his route (for 1km or however long you can), you can sponsor a run (the cost of a lifesaving call is £8), and you can share his story so that others can get involved as well.

 As recruiters, we know like no other, the effects of poor mental health, and with great initiatives like Matt’s we can support organisations to help others who are suffering.  Find out more about the Run The Country Ultra and follow Matt’s journey, and importantly – get outside, do something physical to help manage your own stress and avoid burnout!




Adult Mental Health First Aid training

All employers have a duty of care to support their employees’ wellbeing at the workplace. The impact of poor mental health can result in significant losses to the business through absence, reduced productivity and increased staff churn. Therefore, the REC, in its commitment to supporting the industry best practice and care, has partnered with an independent Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England approved instructor, Joanne Quinn, to deliver the Adult MHFA training course.

Stress management, dealing with anxiety and finding happiness

Michelle Flynn talks through techniques used to help you through stress, anxiety and finding happiness.


Anxiety, Michelle Flynn


Happiness, Michell Flynn

Stress Management

Stress Management, Michelle Flynn

Mental well-being at work

Learn how to improve mental well-being at work for leaders, managers and individuals with Joanne Quinn, Founding Director of With You In Mind.

Session 1 - Leaders

Mental health at work - leaders

Session 2 - Managers (part 1)

Mental health at work - managers (p1)

Session 3 - Managers (part 2)

Mental health at work - managers (p2)

Session 4 - Individuals (part 1)

Mental health at work - individuals (p1)

Session 5 - Individuals (part 2)

Mental health at work - individuals (p2)

Podcast: Using occupational counselling improve our wellbeing and attitude in the workplace

Free Whitepaper: Mental Health in the Recruitment Sector

We joined hands with our business partner Howden to bring you this guide to support you with expert guidance and practical steps that you can take to proactively look after your employees’ mental wellbeing. Download your free copy here.

Download the whitepaper

Podcast: Managing mental health featuring Rhonda D'Ambrosio

Mental well-being at home

We collaborated with Mental Health Advisor Chris Allan and Mentor and Co-founder of To Augment Bradley Placks to bring you practical guidance on how to stay well and build positive mental wellbeing while working from home. We’ve broken it down into seven short videos with an accompanying blog select any of the titles below to learn more. Please note that this content is available to REC Professionals.

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Mental health at home - mindset

Mental health at home - Positivity

Mental health at home - Versatility

Mental health at home - Endurance

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Video: Top Tips on Coping & Resilience by Howden

Our business partner Howden shares their top tips on coping and resilience. Top tip: Communicate regularly and watch out for those reluctant to engage in communication and online social interaction.