Key Points
  • The Impact of Mental Health in the Workplace and the Need for Change - Tackling Stigma, Assessing Current Policy and Working Towards Parity of Esteem in the Workplace
  • Prevention Strategies - Reducing Workplace Stress, Encouraging Wellbeing and Promoting Awareness
  • Support and Management - Promoting Open Dialogue, Understanding Responsibilities and Developing Support Networks
  • Best Practice Case Study
Guest of Honour

Gregor Henderson National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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Overview
Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK yet 95% of employees calling in sick with stress give a different reason. A year on from the Prime Minister announcing plans to transform mental health support, this forum will consider how the stigma surrounding mental health can be reduced and the ways that employers can improve mental health support in the workplace to provide a more positive working environment and a better dialogue on staff wellbeing.

Delegates will discuss priorities for building on the foundations of the Government’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and what this means both legally and practically for creating a positive environment for employees in terms of mental health. Attendees will examine the role that employers can play in addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, ensuring access to support networks and achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental ill-health at work.

Sessions will also discuss potential prevention strategies for mental health in the workplace and how staff and managers can build awareness in mental health. This includes exploring what steps can be taken to reduce the risk of the workplace becoming a factor in mental ill-health and promoting a dialogue in the workplace about mental health to ensure staff feel comfortable talking about mental wellbeing with colleagues.

The barriers that people with mental health conditions encounter in the workplace, labour markets and wider society will also be discussed. This will consider what support can be provided for employees who are suffering from mental ill-health and how to create a supportive environment for any staff who may be struggling. A case study will be presented showing the best practice for mental health support in the workplace from an organisation that has an excellent record in this area.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:35
Challenges and Priorities for Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

 

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Gregor Henderson National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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09:35 - 10:20
The Impact of Mental Health in the Workplace and the need for change – Tackling Stigma, Assessing Current Policy and Working Towards Parity of Esteem in the Workplace

 
  • What should be the future priorities for policymakers regarding mental health in the workplace?
  • What is the cost of mental health to the economy?
  • With mental health legally given equal priority to physical health in 2012, what still needs to be done to achieve true parity of esteem between mental health and physical health in the eyes of employers and broader society?
  • How far can businesses take steps to further reduce the stigma surrounding mental health?
  • To what extent are employers aware of the benefits to their business of having healthy, happy employees and the value of supporting their wellbeing through the provision of effective mental health support in the workplace?

10:20 - 10:25
Chair Closing Comments

 

10:25 - 10:55
Refreshments and Networking break

 

10:55 - 11:00
Chair's Welcome Back

 

11:00 - 11:45
Prevention Strategies- Reducing Workplace Stress, Encouraging Wellbeing and Promoting Awareness

 
  • What are the main challenges to ensuring positive mental health in the workplace and reducing and alleviating stress?
  • With around 1 in 5 of the working age population having a mental health condition and only 32% of them in employment, what can be done to ensure the workplace is an encouraging environment for employees’ mental wellbeing?
  • What education strategies can be implemented that can promote awareness of risk factors in mental health?
  • In what ways can employers work with mental health charities and the NHS services to provide the best services and support to their staff?
  • Who are the trailblazers in offering a supportive environment to discuss mental health?
  • What can employers do to ensure that people with mental health problems can stay in employment?
  • With men more likely to experience work related mental health problems, what can be done to ensure that more people feel able to open up about their mental health in the workplace?

11:45 - 12:05
Best Practice Case Study

 

12:05 - 12:55
Support and management - Promoting Open Dialogue, Understanding Responsibilities and Developing Support Networks

 
  • How can employers encourage an open dialogue about mental health in the workplace?
  • What steps should be taken to ensure employers and co-workers have the information/tools to provide the right support?
  • What systems can be introduced to ensure that employees know their rights when it comes to mental health problems?
  • While there is now more of an emphasis on managing work-based stress and workloads to encourage good mental health in the workplace, what can be done to ensure that those who have pre-existing mental health conditions or ones that have occurred due to stresses outside of the workplace are supported by their employers?
  • With more people opting for self-employment or ‘gig economy’ type of work, what can be done to ensure that those people have the mental health support that other workers may have access to?
  • What can be done to ensure that those working in high-stress environments receive the right support after a traumatic event in the workplace?
  • To what extent has the right to request flexible working helped employees maintain a work-like balance and reduce work-based stresses?

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's and Policy-UK's Thanks

 

End

Speakers

Gregor Henderson National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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Venue details

Central London


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