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Wellbeing At Work

Nearly two-thirds of employees say that they have experienced a mental health issue. Our workshops aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental health & to encourage people to ask for help when they need it.

Stress, anxiety, depression and burnout are common issues that can lead to mental health emergencies. Resilience is crucial for coping with challenges both at work and in personal life. Our courses help you protect your employees’ mental wellbeing and safely manage workplace mental health risks.

Our bespoke wellbeing at work courses are designed for people managers and employees, empowering them to navigate today’s modern hybrid working environments and fast-paced society.

Cogito HR wellbeing workshops are unique, creating a level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence generating a ‘skills for life’ mentality. We take employees on a journey of discovery helping them understanding today’s mental health landscape, common conditions, mental health action plans and how to utilise self-help techniques such as building support networks, self-impact and building resilience to allow them to maintain positive wellbeing and understand their levels of emotional regulation.

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First Aid For Mental Health Courses

Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in a Mental Health First Aid course raises awareness of mental illnesses, encourages early intervention to aid recovery and increases confidence in dealing with mental illnesses and reduces stigma. 

Our courses are fully accredited by the UK’s leading independent training company Nuco that offers specialised training in a range of compliance courses. Our lead instructor is an approved Nuco Instructor, all courses are Ofqual regulated, all awards are certified by First Aid Awards (FAA).

Our Mental Health First Aid Courses can be delivered virtually, however experiencing this training in person is strongly recommended. Cogito HR offers the following accreditations:


  • Level 1/3 Awareness In First Aid For Mental Health (Half Day Course)

  • Level 2/5 First Aid For Mental Health (1 Day Course)

  • Level 2/5 First Aid For Youth Mental Health (1 Day Course)

  • Level 3/6 Supervising First Aid For Mental Health (2 Day Advanced Course)

Kirk Shortland

Kirk Shortland

Mental Health & Wellbeing Lead Instructor

Kirk is a highly experienced nationally accredited mental health instructor, who has over 23 years of professional business services experience, infused with 15 years of operational exposure working on the frontline for the UK’s largest non-Metropolitan Fire & Rescue Service.

He has a strong background in consulting, training and development, business enterprise, recruitment, human resources, and is an expert in mental wellbeing.

Kirk has overcome personal mental health challenges, including a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis in 2018. As a result, his training and facilitation style is both motivational and warm, with a dynamic and fluid approach to working with all people and groups, delivering collaborative and enjoyable training programmes. He is a strong communicator, who flourishes when empowering individuals.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Personal Development from Cogito

Professional & accredited training that is accessible for everyone, welcome to Direct Access from Cogito. Following the success of our direct assess courses in 2023, delegates can now enjoy all levels of our mental health and wellbeing courses and bespoke workshops like never before.

Empowering individual learners and small businesses alike, Direct Access opens the gateway to in-person learning that would normally be reserved for the larger business community out of our new training suite in Bristol. This is also a great way to network with likeminded people.

All courses can be booked online via our Eventbrite ticketing system, follow our page to keep up to date with the latest learning experience.

The course was fantastic, all content was shared with care and personal experiences were tackled with compassion. I highly recommend Kirk as a trainer and Cogito who have clearly invested in mental health and therefore want to ensure businesses are adequately set up to deal with and support all types of mental health conditions. We are really looking forward to forming positive plans and embedding mental health practices.


Rosie Davey
Human Resources Business Partner
Brothers Drinks Limited

This mental health and wellbeing workshop has been really beneficial, I have served as a firefighter for over 13 years, I have never had any input like this before. It really highlights things and makes you stop and think about how much and what we are exposed to. This needs to be rolled out throughout all Fire & Rescue Services.

Operational Crew Commander
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Kirk’s Mental Health & Wellbeing talk took our understanding to the next level. I am in no doubt that this quietly ticked a lot of boxes for us. The relaxed and informative session allowed for everybody at our Fire Station to really enjoy this training. Kirk was so easy to interact with, bringing the subject to life in a way that others can’t. We 100% recommend this training to all Fire & Rescue Services.

Nick Cridge

Operational Watch Commander
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

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