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

(Chair) Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind
Bev Messinger, Chief Executive, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Clare Perkins, Deputy Director Priorities and Programmes Division Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England
George Ames, 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
Anna Topakas, Member, Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Psychology Lecturer, University of Sheffield
Sharon De Mascia, Co-Convener , British Psychological Society Group on Health and Wellbeing
David Hale, Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses


‘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

Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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09:40 - 10:00
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
Changing Company Culture: Removing the Stigma of Mental Health

 
  • Destigmatising mental health in the workplace to create an honest and safe working environment
  • Changing your approach and challenging the culture towards mental health at all organisational levels
  • Delivering training for line managers and middle management to improve working conditions, build resilience and boost confidence in employees
  • Exploring differences in mental health stigma for women and men and how to break down barriers
10:40 - 10:50 Questions and Discussion

10:50 - 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

 

11:30 - 11:50
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:50 - 12:20
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

Speakers

George Ames Director, Forster Communications

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12:20 - 12:30
Questions and Discussion

 

12:30 - 13:00
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

13:00 - 13:10
Questions and Discussion

 

13:10 - 14:10
Networking Lunch

 

14:10 - 14:40
Understanding the role of Senior and Middle Management: Offering Successful Mental Health Training

 
  • Exploring the roles and responsibilities of line managers and senior management to develop a clear and successful approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Understanding the attributes and conditions of successful mental health training for managers
  • Supporting managers to develop sustainable behaviours to protect employee's mental health and wellbeing
14:30 - 14:40 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Anna Topakas Member, Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Psychology Lecturer, University of Sheffield

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14:40 - 15:20
Panel session 1: 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
15:10 - 15:20 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

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

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Bev Messenger Chief Executive, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

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15:20 - 15:40
An Employee’s Journey: Overcoming workplace stress and anxiety

 
  • Exploring how employes can better support staff with mental health conditions
  • Understanding the impact of workplace stress and anxiety on a health work-life balance
  • Developing strategies and initiatives to deal with stress and anxiety effectively
15:35 - 15:40 Questions and Discussion

15:40 - 15:50
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

George Ames Director, Forster Communications

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

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Sharon De Mascia Co-Convener, British Psychological Society Group on Health and Wellbeing

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David Hale Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Federation of Small Businesses

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Austin Hardie Operational Managing Director of Community Health and Wellbeing, The Shaw Trust

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Abigail Hirshman Deputy Director and lead for mental health, ACAS

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Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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Bev Messenger Chief Executive, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

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

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Anna Topakas Member, Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Psychology Lecturer, University of Sheffield

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