Supporting good mental health in the workplace

Author: Helen Aherne
Supporting good mental health in the workplace

70 million working days are lost each year due to mental ill health, costing the UK annually £70-100 billion.

The Mental Health Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, kindly supported by Ravensbourne are holding a joint symposium, exploring better ways to support people with lived experience of mental ill health to fulfill their potential in the workplace. 

The event will focus on spotting early warning signs of stress and anxiety, safeguarding staff wellbeing, and supporting staff when issues do emerge. Good mental health should be a priority for any business.

Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, will discuss employment and public mental health, including ways of harnessing workforce talents and dealing with stigma and discrimination.

We are delighted that our key note speaker will be Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, and a past President of the British Psychological Society.

The symposium covers a range of topics investigated by Churchill Fellows conducting global research into mental health, including:

  • Mental health peer support networks within the police force – positive ways to assist staff wellbeing and lower absenteeism
  • Eating Disorders: breaking the silence and combating stigma together
  • How to tackle distress in the workplace
  • Championing the rights of dyslexic adults within the workforce

This is a free event but spaces are now limited so please call 020 7799 1660 to book a place.