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Breaking the silence: reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace (Andover and Salisbury Group)

CIPD Wessex Branch

Thursday, 30 March 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Event Details

Andover and Salisbury Group

6 pm for 6.30 pm start


This interactive session will allow those attending to approach the subject of mental health openly and safely with a professional - David Beeney, Mental Health Counsellor.  David  himself has had mental health problems and is willing to impart information to inform fellow professionals and help them become more aware of the issues and how to deal with these.

As a result of attending, you will:

  • Hear first hand what it is like to suffer in silence with a mental health issue in the workplace
  • Gain an undertanding of how employees learn to disguise their suffering and evidence that those seeking help are less likely to take time off work
  • Take away ideas about how to create an organisational culture that does not stigmatise mental health
  • Hear evidence of the negative effect on the business of not having a wellbeing strategy
  • Understand the importance of employees breaking their silence


Our speaker

David Beeney is the founder of 'Breaking the Silence', a company set up to enable employees to understand mental health.  He is a professional who suffered for over thirty years, not wanting to tell his colleagues or his employer that he was battling mental health problems.  David believed that being open about this would damage his career and was embarassed and scared of the potential consequences.

David is now using his commerical background and business knowledge to help organisations implement mental health and wellbeing strategies within the workplace.  He has delivered sessions to other CIPD Groups, charities, health organisations and industry across the South West region.  The Chair of Cambridge CIPD Group commented: "David's talk was authentic, engaging and thought-provoking.  Its interactive nature allowed our members to ask questions and share concerns on a topic that can often be difficult to talk about".


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.



Is there parking available at the venue?

There is some on-street parking in Milford Street, with Brown Street and Salt Lane car parks close by and free to use after 6 pm on a week day.

What refreshments will be on offer?

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Do you have questions about Breaking the silence: reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace (Andover and Salisbury Group)? Contact CIPD Wessex Branch

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The Red Lion Hotel
Milford Street
SP1 2AN Salisbury
United Kingdom

Thursday, 30 March 2017 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Amongst the core aims of the Wessex Branch is to fully engage with our nearly 5,000 Wessex CIPD members and local organisations in order to promote best practice in HR and training.


We look to offer support and development opportunities to all members at every level, give assistance with CPD and help upgrading, and through our Group network support local educational establishments and students across the Branch as a whole.

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