Key Points
  • Ensure a Robust Mental Health Framework: prioritising and investing in mental health to strengthen support for employees
  • Identify Early Warning Signs: reducing long term mental health absences to increase productivity
  • Create a whole approach towards the destigmaitisation of mental health by improving support for local, remote and dispersed workers


Overview

Confirmed Speakers
  • Clare Perkins,Deputy Director Priorities and Programmes Division Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England
    Harry Day, Account Director, Forster Communications (IWP)
  • Austin Hardie, Operational Managing Director of Community Health and Wellbeing, The Shaw Trust
  • Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards The Institute of Leadership & Management
  • Neil Longden, Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency
  • Abigail Hirshman, Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Acas
  • Sharon De Mascia, Co-Convener, British Psychological Society
  • Dr Evgenia Stefanopoulou,Clinical Psychologist, Rightsteps


    ‘Last year, mental health problems in the UK workforce cost employers almost £35 billion’. *Centre for Mental Health

    Poor mental health impacts half of all employees in the UK impacting productivity and creating a challenge for employers to prioritise and improve mental health and wellbeing services.

    Westminster Insight’s timely conference will explore practical strategies that strengthens support for employees through developing a proactive mental health framework and review the future of mental health policy in the workplace, two years on from the Farmer and Stevenson Report.

    Explore how you can change your organisations culture to destigmatise mental health, creating a safe and honest working environment for your employees. Learn how senior and middle management leaders can build resilient and confident employees and embed mental wellbeing support practices into your organisation.

    Gain insight from leading experts on how to identify early warning signs to help reduce long term mental health absences and develop strategies to manage workplace related stress and anxiety.

    This conference will also address the challenge of supporting the mental wellbeing of remote workers and dispersed teams, enabling you to create an inclusive and welfare-led approach to mental health across the workplace.

    Hear case studies from trailblazing organisations. A SME will share their mental health strategy, explaining how to make the best use of available funding and shape progressive wellbeing initiatives. A Gold Standard large scale business will discuss how developing a company wide approach to mental health has increased employee wellbeing.

    Join your peers from a variety of sectors to share best practice and gain actionable strategies, allowing you to create a resilient and proactive workforce supported by a progressive mental wellbeing framework.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:30
Registration

 

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Abigail Hirshman Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

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09:40 - 10:10
Keynote Address 1: Creating a Mental Health Framework: Increasing Support for Employee Wellbeing in the Workplace

 
  • Developing an efficient and proactive mental health framework that can improve employee wellbeing
  • Examining how to implement an outstanding mental health framework that can increase productivity and outcomes
  • Reviewing the Farmer and Stevenson Report and understanding the future for mental health policy in the workplace
10:00 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

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Clare Perkins Deputy Director Priorities and Programmes Division Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England

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10:10 - 10:40
Promoting Better Mental Health at Work

 
  • Creating positive company policies that help to foster positive mental health 
  • What more can the government and businesses do to promote mental health and remove stigma? 
  • Looking at what small businesses can do, and how larger companies can support them
10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion

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David Hale Mental Health Lead, Federation of Small Businesses

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10:40 - 11:20
Session 2: Identifying the Warning Signs: Early Intervention

 
  • Understanding different types of mental health conditions and their impact on employees
  • Building positive relationship with employees to recognise early symptoms
  • Implementing tools to manage workplace stress or anxiety
  • Exploring how identifying mental health warning signs can reduce long term mental health absences and sicknesses
11:20 - 11:30 Questions and Discussion

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Sharon De Mascia Co-Convener, British Psychological Society

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Dr Evgenia Stefanopoulou DClinPsy, PhD Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Rightsteps

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11:30 - 12:00
Coffee and Networking Break

 

12:00 - 12:30
Case Study 1: Small and Medium Enterprises: A successful approach to mental health

 
  • Setting clear policies, responsiblities and support options to remove any access to barriers for employees
  • Understanding the benefits of investing in mental health strategies and the role employees can take in shaping wellbeing initiatives such as the Gold Standard Champions
  • Reviewing how to make the best use of available funding to improve mental health support services and boost outcomes
12:30-12:40 Questions and Discussion

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Harry Day Senior Consultant, Forster Communications

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12:40 - 13:20
Case Study 2: A Large Business: Improving provisions for mental health

 
  • Embedding mental health practices into the organisations policies to enable a whole business approach to mental health
  • Using mental health first aiders and champions to increase visiblity and awareness of wellbeing
  • Installing confidence in managers to protect the mental health of their employees and learn more challenging situations
13:10 - 13:20 Questions and Discussion

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Neil Longden Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency

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13:20 - 14:20
Networking Lunch

 

14:20 - 15:00
Improving Mental Health Support for Remote and Dispersed Teams

 
  • Overcoming logistical issues to support remote and dispersed employee's wellbeing
  • Promoting self-awareness and equipping employees with tools to recognise the early signs of mental health
  • Creating an inclusive environment and welfare-led approach to remote and dispersed teams
14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion

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Kate Cooper Head of Research, Policy and Standards, The Institute of Leadership & Management

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15:00 - 15:30
Championing Mental Health through Creating a Positive Productive Workplace

 
  • The importance of all parties in the workplace relationship knowing their role and trusting one another to take responsibility for the positive mental health of all
  • Tackling the causes of workplace stress, putting policies in place to support people, having effective difficult conversations, and the individual’s responsibility to look after their own wellbeing
  • Aiding the recovery by implementing good return to work management - good communication between line manager, occupational health and the employee
15:20 - 15:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Abigail Hirshman Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

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15:30 - 15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Kate Cooper Head of Research, Policy and Standards, The Institute of Leadership & Management

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Harry Day Senior Consultant, Forster Communications

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Sharon De Mascia Co-Convener, British Psychological Society

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David Hale Mental Health Lead, Federation of Small Businesses

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Abigail Hirshman Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

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Neil Longden Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, Environment Agency

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Clare Perkins Deputy Director Priorities and Programmes Division Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England

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Dr Evgenia Stefanopoulou DClinPsy, PhD Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Rightsteps

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