70 million work days are lost each year in the UK alone because of mental ill health at the cost of around £26 billion to employers.
This is not good news for employees or employers particularly as the World Federation of Mental Health believes that effectively supporting people experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.
The CIPD (The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and solicitors from Willans’ employment law team have co-organised this event to coincide with World Mental Health Day to help raise awareness of this growing issue in the workplace.
We have invited a panel of experts who will discuss a proactive approach to mental health from the position of an employer and employee as well as from industry, health and legal perspectives. There will be plenty of time for a Q&A session from the audience to help contribute to the debate.
This session is aimed at people working in HR, business owners and senior management and is designed to make the workplace alive to mental health and raise awareness of what can be done for people faced with these problems.
About our speakers
Laura Davis, Willans LLP: Laura regularly advises employers on their legal obligations towards employees with medical conditions, which she has found increasingly relate to poor mental health.
Dr Charlie Vivian, Icarus Health Solutions Ltd: Charlie Vivian is a consultant occupational physician, with over 10 years’ experience exploring the impact of psychological and social factors on health in the workplace.
Martin Hughes, Lilian Faithfull Homes: Martin Hughes is the Chief Executive of Lilian Faithfull homes, a local charity providing outstanding assisted living, residential and nursing care to elderly residents of Cheltenham. Martin and his team are committed to supporting residents, staff and relatives with mental health issues and Martin will share his experiences from an employer’s standpoint.
Beverley Jones, Awaken: In 2009, following 30 years in corporate senior management, Bev Jones literally crashed out, suffering depression. Her dark journey through depression and anxiety led her to train as a life coach in order to inspire and help others move their lives forward in a positive way.
Nick Gazzard, Nick Gazzard Consulting Ltd: Nick Gazzard has been commissioned by Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to highlight the effects that domestic abuse and stalking has on employees and the employer. He has developed the ‘working without fear’ project that he is rolling out to businesses to achieve this
Simon Wall, CIPD: Simon Wall, independent HR Consultant and Vice Chair of the Gloucestershire Branch of the CIPD will facilitate the session.
Registration from 3.00pm. Events starts 3.30pm. Events ends 6.30pm.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available from 3.00pm and during a mid-session break.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Park Campus car park - £1.50.
What is the refund policy?
Except in exceptional circumstances, and at our discretion, places are non-refundable. Should you be unable to attend, you may send a substitute in your place. Requests for cancellations for exceptional reasons must be received in writing (letter or email to firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be acknowledged in writing.