Key Points
  • The importance of culture change in tackling stigma and promoting positive mental health in the workplace
  • The role of line managers in spotting the early warning signs and providing early intervention
  • Strategies to identify and tackle workplace stress
  • The impact of Covid-19 on employee mental health, with a spotlight on frontline responders, keyworkers and remote workforces
  • Legal responsibilities for managing mental health in the workplace
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Overview
Westminster Insight’s Workforce Mental Health Digital Conference equips employers to help support the mental health of their staff and build resilience in these challenging times.

Leading experts will offer practical advice on your legal responsibilities for managing mental health, removing mental health stigma, embedding a culture of wellbeing within your workplace and the role of the line manager in prevention and early intervention.

The pandemic has drastically changed the way we work and the mental health needs of our staff. This event will provide a special focus on managing workforce stress related to Covid-19, and supporting the mental health of frontline, keyworkers and those now working from home.

Attend to learn about effect interventions to support workers and help aid the recovery process.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Abigail Hirshman, Director of Workplace Programmes, Charlie Waller Trust
  • Confirmed Representative, Employers, Health and Inclusive Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, MIND
  • Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
  • Faye McGuinness, Director of Programmes, Education Support
  • Deepa Korea, Director, RCN Foundation
  • Paul Devoy, CEO, Investors in People
  • Ama Afrifa-Tchie, Head of Culture and Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
  • Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Clare Taylor, Senior Associate, Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP (BDBF)Dr
  • Michael Bloomfield, Consultant Psychiatrist, University College London Hospitals and the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Abigail Hirshman Workplace Director, Charlie Waller Trust

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09:40 - 10:10
Keynote Address: Mental Health at Work – The National Picture

 
  • Headline trends and the impact of Covid-19 on employee mental health
  • Government measures to help people stay in work and thrive in work
  • Improving advice and support for employers and employees
10.00 - 10.10 Questions and Discussion 

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Confirmed Representative Employers, Health and Inclusive Employment, Department for Work and Pensions

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10:10 - 10:40
Developing a Preventative Approach and Driving Cultural Change Around Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Securing buy-in from senior leadership and putting mental health and wellbeing on senior leader agendas
  • Developing a mental health and wellbeing strategy and action plan
  • Minimising risks in workplace conditions and promoting healthy work behaviours
  • Destigmatising mental health and embedding mental health awareness within induction and training, running internal communications campaigns, and recruiting mental health champions
10.30 - 10.40 Questions and Discussion

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Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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10:40 - 11:10
Line Managers’ Role in Identifying Poor Mental Health and Early Intervention

 
  • Examining the effectiveness of line manager training on employee mental health and wellbeing
  • Undertaking regular check in meetings to be alert to signals of poor mental health
  • Spotting possible signs of a mental health problem
  • Managing a mental health disclosure and being clear about confidentiality
  • Signposting to relevant support services
  • Encouraging employees to take care of their well-being by being an effective role model
  • Managing expectations, reviewing workloads and productivity of staff in the evolving context
11.00 - 11.10 Questions and Discussion

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Ama Afrifa-Tchie Head of Culture and Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

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11:10 - 11:20
Intermission

 

11:20 - 11:40
Managing Stress

 
  • Identifying stressors in the workplace and ways of reducing their impact, such as long-hours cultures, staffing levels and workloads
  • Exploring ways of measuring work-related stress, as well as methods of assessment
  • Building a resilient workforce and reducing stress levels
  • Examining new stressors and challenges in the workplace post COVID-19 and what employers can do to alleviate fear 
  • Managing the effect of redundancies and job security stress
11.40 - 11.50 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

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11:50 - 12:30
Panel Discussion: Supporting the Mental Health of Frontline and Keyworkers

 
  • Understanding the mental health implications for frontline health, care, emergency and education key workers
  • Providing psychological support and treatment
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Addressing long-term negative emotional consequences such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Case studies of best practice from the frontline
12.20 - 12.30 Questions and Discussion

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Deepa Korea Director, RCN Foundation

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Dr Michael Bloomfield Consultant Psychiatrist, University College London Hospitals and the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden and Islington NHS Foundatio

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Faye McGuinness Director of Programmes, Education Support

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12:30 - 13:30
Intermission

 

13:30 - 14:00
Supporting the Mental Health of Remote Workers

 
  • The challenges of managing and monitoring the mental health of remote workers
  • Encouraging a positive work/life balance
  • Checking in with team members regularly to prevent feelings of isolation
  • Creating wellness action plans
  • Taking advantage of technology to provide employees with ways to connect with colleagues whilst working from home
  • Encouraging your team to use support tools
  • Understanding the impact of caring for children whilst working
13.50 - 14.00 Questions and Discussion 

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Paul Devoy CEO, Investors in People

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14:00 - 14:30
Build Back Responsibly to Drive Sustainable Employee Mental Health

 
  • A sustainable approach to mental health aligned to the SDGs
  • BITC Mental Health at Work 2020 YouGov survey insights
  • Elevating mental health and safety on a parity with physical health and safety
14.20 - 14.30 Questions and Discussion

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Louise Aston Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community

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14:30 - 15:00
Mental Health and Employment Law

 
  • Understanding the Equality Act 2010 - mental health and discrimination
  • Exploring the issues to consider regarding situations of dismissal
  • Making reasonable adjustments - what this might mean in practice
  • Following government guidelines to ensure COVID-19 safe workplaces, promoting employee wellbeing
14.50 - 15.00 Questions and Discussion

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Clare Taylor Senior Associate, BDBF

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15:00 - 15:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

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Abigail Hirshman Workplace Director, Charlie Waller Trust

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End

Speakers

Ama Afrifa-Tchie Head of Culture and Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

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Louise Aston Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community

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Dr Michael Bloomfield Consultant Psychiatrist, University College London Hospitals and the Traumatic Stress Clinic, Camden and Islington NHS Foundatio

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Confirmed Representative Employers, Health and Inclusive Employment, Department for Work and Pensions

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Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

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Paul Devoy CEO, Investors in People

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Abigail Hirshman Workplace Director, Charlie Waller Trust

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Deepa Korea Director, RCN Foundation

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Emma Mamo Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

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Faye McGuinness Director of Programmes, Education Support

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Clare Taylor Senior Associate, BDBF

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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