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According to the Thriving at Work report, mental ill health costs British employers up to £42bn each year in lost productivity. With poor mental health being the leading cause of long term sickness in the UK, it is pivotal that your organisation develops a proactive approach to improve workplace mental health and reduce presenteeism, sickness absence and staff turnover.

By developing innovative strategies that minimise workplace stress and anxiety, alongside techniques that support managers to recognise signs of mental ill health, you can create healthy workplaces.

Join Chris O’Sullivan, Head of Business Development and Workplace Wellbeing, Mental Health Foundation to equip your management team with a strategy to support employees, and the capabilities to handle an array of mental health issues in the workplace.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Receive an interactive update on the Thriving at Work report  
  • Develop strategies to identify, manage and reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace
  • Learn best practice from award-winning case studies that are successfully cultivating healthy, productive workplaces
  • Work with leading business engagement practitioners and learn how to establish a culture of wellbeing at work that harnesses staff engagement and increases staff morale
  • Develop a strategic action plan to effectively support employees’ health and wellbeing in your organisation
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

10:00 - 10:45

Creating mentally healthy workplaces: the business case

  • Evaluate the cost to employers of poor mental health among staff
  • Understand the benefits of increased levels of staff wellbeing and employee engagement
  • Receive an overview of the ‘Thriving at Work’ review of mental health and employers including its implications for workplaces
  • Developing a comprehensive approach to mental health in the workplace
10:45 - 11:30

Effectively Identifying Declining Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Understand key potential workplace triggers for distress
  • Recognise the early physical, psychological and behavioural signs of mental ill health
  • Intervene effectively and appropriately in declining mental health to increase productivity across your organisation
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:30

Developing Mental Health Response Capability across Line Management

Learn best practice from the winner in the ‘Best Employee Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ category at the Engage Awards 2016

  • Develop a strategy to ensure all managers are supported in identifying deteriorating mental health
  • Ensure that managers are able to handle ‘difficult conversations’
  • Give managers the confidence to discuss concerns at an early stage
  • Support managers in providing effective ‘returning to work’ plans for their staff
12:30 - 13:15

Creating a Workplace Environment to Support and Improve Mental Health

Learn from Public Health England, a leading voice in national workplace wellbeing policy, about what actions they are taking to create a supportive and productive workplace environment

  • Explore the evidence: from scientific publications to experts opinions
  • Discover what innovative workplace schemes are available for your organisation
  • Develop multiple tailored pathways to support a range of needs
13:15 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:00

Case Study: Cultivate Healthy Workplaces

Learn best practice from Deloitte LLP who were one of only five organisations to achieve a Mind Index Silver Award (2017) in recognition of the initiatives they have in place to support the wellbeing of their employees

  • Learn best practice from Deloitte’s wellbeing programmes
  • How to harnesses staff engagement and wellbeing across your organisation
  • Learn how to increase staff morale and well-being to ensure successful outcomes
  • Reducing stress and anxiety in a high pressured environment
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

In this interactive workshop, delegates will work with an experienced business engagement practitioner to develop a tailored mental health strategy for their organisation

  • Learn how to establish a culture of wellbeing at work
  • Ensure you have effective health and wellbeing policies and initiatives in place
  • Consider the importance of effective communications
  • Learn how to best train and support your staff
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support employees’ health and wellbeing in your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


Cavendish Conference Centre

22 Duchess Mews, Marylebone, London , W1G 9DT