Breaking the Silence (a joint event with CIMA)
Thursday, 11 May 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)
The session looks at how we can inspire the many employees who choose to stay silent about their mental fatigue to seek support. To do so employers have to provide evidence that they will not discriminate and the session looks at what you need to do to create the right culture. 95% of employees suffering from stress cite a different reason for their absence when they call in sick. This tells us that 95% of employers are yet to rid themselves of the stigma. Industry must act now because it is estimated that £105 billion is lost annually due to employee mental health issues.
At this session you will:
- hear first hand what it is like to suffer in silence with a mental health issue in the workplace
- gain an understanding of how employees learn to disguise their suffering
- hear ideas of how to create a culture that gets rid of the mental health stigma
- hear evidence of how people seeking help are less likely to take time off from work
- see evidence of the negative effect on the business of not having a wellbeing strategy
- understand the importance of breaking the silence!!
Our guest speaker is David Benney from Breaking the Silence Ltd. David has committed the rest of his working life to reducing the stigma of mental health in the work place. We have made small progress on this issue in the western world but employees still generally get more sympathy for a sprained big toe than they would for depression. 56% of businesses are at the stage of wanting to do more about empathising with their employees over mental health issues but have been struggling to know what is their best approach and do not feel qualified
David believes when employees hear a first hand account of someone they can relate to with a positive story they will be inspired to 'break their silence' and seek help. Most employers know that these employees are far less likely to take time off from work than those who remain silent.
He enjoyed a reasonably successful career in newspapers and magazines for over 30 years. During this time he was the General Manager of a regional daily newspaper and a Commercial Director for Auto Trader. He always knew that he wanted to do something different at the latter end of his career, and now feels he has found his true purpose in life and want to make a positive difference to fellow mental health sufferers. He is also a quailfied Mental Health Counsellor affiliated to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners)
What is the timing for this event?
Registration will be at 18:30, when refreshments will be provided. The session will run from 19:00 to 20:30.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Car parking is available at the Holiday Inn Rugby, please register your car on arrival at reception.
Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.
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CIPD Northamptonshire Branch
The CIPD Northamptonshire branch provides opportunities for its 1300 members to network with local HR and L& D professionals, to continue with their professional development and remain up to date with HR issues. There is an active programme of events through the year and you can find details of the upcoming events listed below. For further details just click on the event you are interested in and you can then book your place online.
Unless otherwise stated branch events are free for CIPD members to attend, and there is a non-member fee of £12 which must be paid online when booking.
The CIPD Northamptonshire branch committee look forward to seeing you at our events and if you would like any further information please contact the Regional Branch Co-ordinator Eleanor Lloyd Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0116 235 7992
Northamptonshire branch is part of the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership (MAP) which holds an Annual Midlands Event in October. The 2017 event will take place on Saturday 7 October at Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire. MAP is also organising a Midlands Student Conference Empowering the Future Leaders of HR on Saturday 11 March at Aston University. You can find out more about both events on the MAP events website.