Key Points
  • Identifying warning signs of potential mental health issues
  • Providing you with the latest case studies and innovations to manage mental health in the workplace
  • The importance of good leadership and culture change in promoting a positive mental health environment
  • How to provide effective and practical training for managers in order to deliver the appropriate support
  • Improving resilience in your workforce and reducing employee absenteeism


Overview
Expert speakers include:

  • Neil Surman, Deputy Director for Public Health, Welsh Government
  • Alun Thomas, Chief Executive, Hafal
  • James Force, Senior Advisor/Collective Conciliator, Acas
  • Lowri Wyn Jones, Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales
  • Sarah Stone, Executive Director for Wales, Samaritans
  • Eileen Donnelly, Business Lead, What Works Centre for Wellbeing
  • Ashley Flaherty, Deputy Director of People Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness, Office for National Statistics
  • Lisa Marie Brown MCIM, Area Leader, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Sue Northcott, Mainframe Applications Database Administrator, DVLA
  • Karen Rogers, Health and Safety Manager, Welsh Water Dwr Cymru
  • Meryl Soper, Head of Business Effectiveness, Welsh Water Dwr Cymru
  • Eleanor Elliott, Colleague Engagement & Well-being HRBP, Hafod Resources
  • Gareth Siggee, Enterprise Support Officer, RCS
  • Julie Jones, Trainer in mental health, Workplace Wellbeing and Founder, Blackdog

Poor mental health affects half of all employees in the UK raising serious health concerns and impacting absenteeism and productivity. It is therefore imperative that organisations are prioritising and investing in improving mental health of their employees.

Senedd Insight’s Managing Mental Health in the Workplace Conference will feature leading stakeholders showcasing innovative approaches to promote good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

You will review how to destigmatise mental health in your workplace, create strategies to cultivate a culture change and empower managers to build resilience and confidence in employees and embed mental wellbeing support practices into your organisation.

Hear from the Executive Director of Samaritans on recognising the early signs of mental ill health, the range and forms of mental health issues and how they can impact your workplace.

ACAS will be delivering a session on creating a mental health framework and inclusive workforce that’s fit for employers and employees, whilst Sue Northcott will be giving you exclusive insight into a practical example from the DVLA.

We will also explore how to empower employees with the tools and information they need to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing. Join us and gain actionable strategies to support mental health in your workplace and benefit from reduced a more productive and loyal workforce.

Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:55
Registration

 

09:55 - 10:05
Chair’s opening remarks

 

Speakers

Alun Thomas Chief Executive, Hafal

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10:05 - 10:30
Keynote: Improvements since the Thriving at Work Review

 
  • Reflecting on changes made within the last two years
  • Update on facts and figures across England and Wales to identify causes and areas of focus
  • Recommending the policy changes needed to ensure employee satisfaction and the reducing absenteeism within the workplace

    Questions and Discussion: 10:20 – 10:30 

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Neil Surman Deputy Director for Public Health, Welsh Government

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10:30 - 10:45
Recognising the early signs of mental ill health and creating a culture of support

 
  • Knowing how to respond when we see early signs in ourselves and others
  • Getting a better understanding of a range of mental health issues and how they impact the workplace
  • Empowering managers with the right knowledge and skills to recognise early warning signs 

    Questions and Discussion: 10:45 – 10:55



Speakers

Sarah Stone Executive Director for Wales, Samaritans

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10:55 - 11:25
Coffee and Networking Break

 

11:25 - 11:45
Promoting positive mental health in the workplace: strategies to remove the stigma and ensure a culture of change

 
  • The importance of good leadership to ensure an open environment that fosters wellbeing
  • Creating positive workplace to improve employee mental wellbeing and culture to boost overall work productivity 
  • Having the confidence to approach conversations regarding mental health
  • Creating good working conditions and reviewing how managers can support other managers
  • Initiatives to encourage working with employees: creating more accepting prosperous environment for people to flourish

    Questions and Discussion: 11:45 – 11:55

Speakers

Lisa Marie Brown MCIM Area Leader, Federation of Small Businesses

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Lowri Wyn Jones Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales

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11:55 - 12:10
Creating a mental health framework and inclusive workforce that’s fit for employers and employees

 
  • Reviewing the importance of mental health strategies and discussing the impact on individuals and the organisation;
  • Supporting staff experiencing mental ill health;
  • Supporting Managers dealing with mental health issues; and
  • Offering clear, positive support & the importance of culture and experience



Speakers

James Force Senior Advisor/Collective Conciliator, Acas

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12:10 - 12:25
Providing high quality training for Line Managers

 
  • Taking bold, innovative action to foster good mental health at work and improve staff recruitment and retention in the long run
  • Empowering line managers to support employees through changes to work practices such as flexible working
  • Training Managers, reducing stigma and building confidence to normalise conversations around mental health

    Joint Questions and Discussion: 12:25 – 12:40

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Julie Jones Trainer in mental health, workplace wellbeing, mindfulness, clinical hypnotherapy, and Founder, Blackdog

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12:40 - 13:45
Networking Lunch

 

13:45 - 14:10
Case Study 1: Looking after your employees’ mental health and raising general awareness

 
  • Building awareness through inter-related workplace campaigns 
  • Understanding what makes for a mentally healthy workplace, and how to put simple, low cost measures in place to achieve this
  • Creating a work environment that promotes mental wellbeing using a sustainable framework 



Speakers

Meryl Soper Head of Business Effectiveness, Welsh Water

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Karen Rogers Health and Safety Manager, Welsh Water

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Sue Northcott Mainframe Applications Database Administrator, DVLA

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14:10 - 14:30
Case Study 2: Creating a Well and Engaged Workplace: linking well-being and employee engagement

 
  • The importance of well-being and employee engagement to the organisation
  • Why well-being should be at the forefront of your business strategy
  • How employee engagement can be sustained through an effective well-being plan
  • How to start your well-being and engagement journey

    Questions and Discussion: 14:30 – 14:45

Speakers

Gareth Siggee Enterprise Support Officer, RCS

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Eleanor Elliott Colleague Engagement & Well-being HRBP, Hafod Resources

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Ashley Flaherty Deputy Director of People Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness, Office for National Statistics

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14:45 - 15:15
Understanding workplace absence in order to improve resilience within the workforce to minimise any sickness absence arising from stress, anxiety, or depression

 
  • Identifying groups with the highest sickness absence rates and strategies to decrease absenteeism
  • Dealing with absences effectively and efficiently: implementing certain processes, cultures, and policies to positively affect your employee absence levels
  • Giving employees a clear and positive wellbeing offering from the start, and ensuring this is reinforced on a regular basis to support employee resilience
  • Empowering employees with the tools and information they need to understand their health and make healthy choices

    Questions and Discussion: 15:15 – 15:30 

Speakers

Gareth Siggee Enterprise Support Officer, RCS

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Eileen Donnelly Business Lead, What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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Ashley Flaherty Deputy Director of People Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness, Office for National Statistics

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15:30 - 15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Alun Thomas Chief Executive, Hafal

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End

Speakers

Lisa Marie Brown MCIM Area Leader, Federation of Small Businesses

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Eileen Donnelly Business Lead, What Works Centre for Wellbeing

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Eleanor Elliott Colleague Engagement & Well-being HRBP, Hafod Resources

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Ashley Flaherty Deputy Director of People Strategy and Organisational Effectiveness, Office for National Statistics

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James Force Senior Advisor/Collective Conciliator, Acas

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Julie Jones Trainer in mental health, workplace wellbeing, mindfulness, clinical hypnotherapy, and Founder, Blackdog

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Lowri Wyn Jones Programme Manager, Time to Change Wales

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Sue Northcott Mainframe Applications Database Administrator, DVLA

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Karen Rogers Health and Safety Manager, Welsh Water

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Gareth Siggee Enterprise Support Officer, RCS

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Meryl Soper Head of Business Effectiveness, Welsh Water

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Sarah Stone Executive Director for Wales, Samaritans

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Neil Surman Deputy Director for Public Health, Welsh Government

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Alun Thomas Chief Executive, Hafal

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Ali Thomas Operational Director, RCS

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Venue details

Holiday Inn Cardiff City Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1XD

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Holiday Inn Cardiff City

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