Mental Health Awareness for HR - Questions Answered and Myths Dispelled
Thursday, 16 March 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
Description of Event:
Mental Health appears to be the most talked about topic for HR this year. In the first 3 weeks of January, there were speeches by Theresa May, Lord Stevens, Paul Farmer (Mind), and Simon Walker (IoD), all talking about the importance of workplaces in taking action to support employees with mental health issues.
There were also 3 articles in the first 3 issues of HR magazine, 2017, highlighting the importance of HR in mental health awareness.
In order for HR professionals to feel confident and skilled in discussing mental health issues, the West Kent CIPD would like to invite you to an interactive presentation on mental health.
The aims of the presentation are to
- increase knowledge and awareness of mental health
- explore the role of HR in developing policies and procedures on mental health in the workplace
The presentation will offer:
- definitions of mental health and how to encourage good mental health
- discussion on the differences between mental ill-health, stress and ‘having a bad day’
- recognising signs and symptoms of common mental health disorders
- understanding stigma and common myths around mental health
- statistics on mental ill-health related to industry, age and gender
At the presentation, there will be opportunities to discuss examples of good practise in embedding mental health policies and procedures within various workplaces.
Mandy Rutter, a psychologist and counsellor, who, for the last 20 years, has worked in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors, assisting organisations to promote positive mental health, stress management and psychological resilience.
Mandy is a trainer, consultant and coach, and has recently worked in the retail, manufacturing, construction, and oil and gas industries. For the past 10 years she has worked for Employee Assistance Programmes, where she headed up departments which provided strategic guidance and psychological support to employees who had experienced trauma in the workplace.
Mandy’s expertise is to work alongside HR, to design and deliver training programmes to all levels of managerial hierarchy, on mental health, resilience building and psychological first aid. Mandy has written a range of articles on mental health awareness for clinical journals and mainstream media, and was part of a national working group with BSI, developing best practise guidelines for psychological support to employees, after traumatic incidents in the workplace.
MANDY RUTTER CONSULTANCY
Performance - Resilience – Wellbeing – Human Aspects of Business Continuity
Professional photography and video production will 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.
When & Where
CIPD Kent Branch
We are the Kent branch of CIPD - the professional body for HR and people development. The not-for-profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years.
We have a wide range of organisations and CIPD membership and we respond to this with a full selection of CPD and networking opportunities.
Due to the geographical spread of the county we have 3 area groups – Mid Kent, West Kent and East Kent. Between them they regularly hold sessions with guest speakers on subjects requested by the members. Most events are supported by local companies who host the events and provide an opportunity to meet other HR practitioners.
We also appreciate the specialisms within HR and have Special Interest Groups that meet regularly and occasionally have speakers. These groups include Health and Social Care and Senior Practitioners. Similarly we have smaller bespoke groups, Self Managed Learning Groups that operate throughout the county. These include the Coaching Groups in East Kent and West Kent. We encourage the creation of new groups so if there is not an area covered, why not set one up?
Come along to an event and meet our friendly and welcoming committee members and the wonderful HR community of Kent!