Key Points
  • The Importance of Culture Change in Tackling Stigma and Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Providing High Quality Training for Managers and Mental Health First Aiders to Spot the Early Warning Signs and Provide Appropriate Support
  • Legal Responsibilities for Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Strategies to Identify and Tackle Workplace Stress
  • Making Reasonable Adjustments, Successful Interventions and Supporting the Recovery Process


Overview
Confirmed Speakers so far:

  • Chair: Chris O’Sullivan, Head of Workplace and Corporate Engagement, Mental Health Foundation
  • Professor Dame Carol Black, Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Public Health England and NHS Improvement
  • Gareth Brahams, Founder and Managing Partner, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP
  • Abigail Hirshman, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS
  • Natalie Kemp, Clinical Psychologist and part time Research Associate, UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS) and Founder, www.in2gr8mentalhealth.com
  • Vanessa Sallows, Benefits & Governance Director, Group Protection & Insurance, Legal & General
  • Ed Corbett, Head of Human & Organisational Performance, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Dr Steven Boorman CBE, Chair, Council for Work and Health and Director, Employee Health, Empactis
  • Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

With 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental ill health each year, and the majority of people spending one-third of their adult life at work, millions of working days are lost to mental health related absence each year. Investing in the mental wellbeing of workers is no longer optional as employers risk both financial loss and major challenges in the recruitment and retention of staff.

Westminster Insight’s Mental Health in the Workplace Conference provides delegates with the necessary information, skills and techniques to promote mental health and implement change that encourages a healthy workforce.

Leading experts will offer practical advice on your legal responsibilities for managing mental health, removing mental health stigma, embedding a Mental Health First Aid programme and creating a culture of wellbeing.

With 37% of businesses seeing an increase in stress-related absence over the last year according to a new report from CIPD, delegates will learn how to prevent and reduce stress in the workplace.

Plus attend to hear what workplaces can do to effectively support workers to help aid their recovery and return to work, by making reasonable adjustments and improving communication.

Don’t miss the opportunity to address the mental health of your employees to increase engagement, productivity and business growth.

Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Chris O'Sullivan Head of Business Development and Engagement, Mental Health Foundation

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10:00 - 10:40
Keynote Address: Mental Health and Work, Policy and Practice

 
  • Influential campaigns on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Key factors that facilitate the creation and embedding of wellbeing cultures
  • Low cost and scalable interventions for SME’s

    Q&A: 10:30 - 10:40

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Professor Dame Carol Black Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Public Health England and NHS Improvement

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10:40 - 11:05
Mental Health and Employment Law

 
  • Understanding the law and your responsibilities
  • The Equality Act 2010 – mental health and discrimination
  • Absence – where the law stands on being fit for work
  • Issues to consider on dismissal situations
  • Understanding mental capacity
  • Making reasonable adjustments – what this might mean in practice

Speakers

Gareth Brahams Founder and Managing Partner, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

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11:05 - 11:40
Developing a Policy and Company Action Plan

 
  • The role of HR in developing a mental health framework for the workplace
  • Appointing mental health leads and investing in training for line managers
  • Key challenges and opportunities
  • Monitoring actions and outcomes from your plan

    Q&A: 11:30 - 11:40

Speakers

Abigail Hirshman Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

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11:40 - 12:10
Networking Tea and Coffee

 

12:10 - 12:50
Establishing a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Programme

 
  • Understanding the role of the Mental Health First Aider
  • Building an early warning system with regards to mental health – providing appropriate training to recognise the problems
  • Disengaged employees versus emerging mental health problems
  • Supporting and promoting Mental Health First Aiders across your organisation

    Q&A: 12:40 - 12:50

Speakers

Vanessa Sallows Benefits & Governance Director, Group Protection & Insurance, Legal & General

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12:50 - 13:30
Stress Management in the Workplace

 
  • Understanding the effect of modern working practices on workplace stress
  • Addressing long-hours cultures, staffing levels and workloads
  • Identifying key risk areas, and taking action to reduce or remove stressors
  • Managing digital stress within and outside of the workplace

    Q&A: 13:20 - 13:30

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Ed Corbett Head of Human & Organisational Performance, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

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13:30 - 14:30
Networking Lunch

 

14:30 - 15:10
Managing Employees with Mental Health Challenges

 
  • Using routine management tools – such a scheduled meetings, appraisals and informal chats – to identify problems and support needs
  • Internal supporting including accessible guidance, peer-to-peer support systems, drop-in sessions
  • Reasonable adjustments and when they be introduced
  • Signposting to professional and external support
  • Managing long and short-term absence, including return-to-work support

    Q&A: 15:00 - 15:10

Speakers

Dr Steven Boorman CBE Chair, Council for Work and Health and Director, Employee Health, Empactis

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15:10 - 15:35
Developing a Mental Wellbeing Culture in the Workplace

 
  • Exploring the benefits of the health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Viewing mental health holistically on a par with physical health
  • Measuring the effectiveness of wellbeing interventions and programmes

Speakers

Natalie Kemp Clinical Psychologist and part time Research Associate, UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS) and Founder, www.in2gr8mentalhealth

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15:35 - 16:10
Health and Wellbeing in Small Businesses

 
  • The small business perspective
  • Supporting small employers
  • Supporting business owners / the self-employed

    Q&A: 16:00 - 16:10

Speakers

Sonali Parekh Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

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16:10 - 16:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

Speakers

Chris O'Sullivan Head of Business Development and Engagement, Mental Health Foundation

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End

Speakers

Professor Dame Carol Black Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Public Health England and NHS Improvement

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Dr Steven Boorman CBE Chair, Council for Work and Health and Director, Employee Health, Empactis

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Gareth Brahams Founder and Managing Partner, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

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Ed Corbett Head of Human & Organisational Performance, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

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Abigail Hirshman Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACAS

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Natalie Kemp Clinical Psychologist and part time Research Associate, UCL Unit for Stigma Research (UCLUS) and Founder, www.in2gr8mentalhealth

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Chris O'Sullivan Head of Business Development and Engagement, Mental Health Foundation

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Sonali Parekh Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses

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Vanessa Sallows Benefits & Governance Director, Group Protection & Insurance, Legal & General

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Venue details

Zone 1 Central London


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