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Why am I struggling to

concentrate so much?

I shouldn't have had those extra drinks last night. I feel terrible!

If anyone asks, I'll just tell them I had a big breakfast

I'm so tired. I hope the kids don't

keep me

up all night again

Are they going to wonder why i'm wearing long sleeves when it's so hot?

I wish he wouldn't keep barking orders at me - there's already so much to do

10th March 2020 | Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London

19th March 2020 | Edinburgh Conference Centre, Edinburgh

The Managing Mental Health in the Workplace conference - designed to help you identify early signs, offer practical actions for creating a mentally healthy workplace and provide effective ways to look after your employees' wellbeing and tackle the stigma that unfortunately still exists.


90% of UK workers have been touched by mental health challenges!

Is your organisation responding effectively?


New research conducted by Accenture has found that 9 in10 UK workers have been touched by mental health challenges.

However only 27% said they had seen any positive change in employees speaking openly about mental health in their organizations and just 20% reported an improvement in workplace training to help manage their own mental health.

The UK workforce is making it clear - more needs to be done to support them in the workplace.

Furthermore, the cost to companies of stress-related absence is huge - with nearly a 37% of businesses seeing an increase over the last year according to a new report from CIPD. Not only is this a big cost, but it's also preventable.

Actively promoting the well-being of your staff and supporting those who are experiencing mental health challenges is essential.

Designing and implementing a framework that addresses employee mental health and wider well-being can increase engagement, productivity and support business growth - as well as help you to attract and retain the best talent.

We understand however there are many practical challenges and obstacles to overcome in order to achieve and sustain healthy workplaces. Let us help you tackle them! The Managing Mental Heath in the Workplace Conference will offer you practical advice, the latest best practice and implementable actions to help you develop your mental health strategy.

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9.00: Registration and refreshments

9.25: Chairperson’s welcome and introduction

By Mark Hashimi, Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Senior Consultant, Mind

  • Common forms of mental health issues and the impact of the workplace on mental health and wellbeing
  • The cost of mental health absence
  • Improving productivity
  • Attracting and retaining talent
  • The role of HR in creating a healthier workplace culture
  • Addressing key challenges - including terms of funding, facilities and implementation
  • Appointing mental health leads and investing in mental health first aid training
  • Best practice and well-being strategies
  • Monitoring actions and outcomes from your plan
  • The importance of company role models
  • Fostering an open and supportive culture - talking about mental health and well-being in the workplace
  • Dealing with poor attitudes towards mental health
  • Peer-to-peer supprt and mentoring
  • The Equality Act 2010 - mental health and discrimination
  • Absence - where the law stands on being fit for work
  • Issues to consider in dismissal situations
  • Understanding mental capacity
  • Making reasonable adjustments - what this might mean in practice

16.00 Close of conference

Please note the day will include a buffet lunch and three refreshment and networking breaks


9:30: An overview: Why is mental health a growing issue in the workplace and what is the business case for promoting employee well-being?

11.30: Developing a mental health framework and a company action plan

10.15: Raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health

15.15: Tackling work related stress

14.15: Managing employees with mental health challenges

  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of poor mental health
  • Using routine management tools such as scheduled meetings, appraisals and informal chats - to identify problems and support needs
  • What actions to take including knowing when to seek professional support
  • Having sensitive conversations and dealing with difficult situations
  • Managing long and short-term absence, including return-to-work support
  • Identifyng key risk areas, and taking action to reduce or remove stressors
  • Innovative initiatives for reducing workplace stress and anxiety
  • Addressing long-hours cultures
  • Offfering flexible working opportunities and supporting employees with caring responsibilities

12.15: Understanding the law and your responsibilities

By Mark Hashimi, Director, Strategic Wellbeing and Senior Consultant, Mind


Director: Strategic Wellbeing

Senior Consultant: Mind

Psychotherapist: MSc CTA MBACP

Mark Hashimi

Mark, having previously held a number of senior management positions over the last ten years, has significant experience when dealing with mental health and work related issues, as head of workplace wellbeing at Hammersmith & Fulham Mind, senior revenue manager at EDF Energy, as a counsellor, trainer, public speaker, mental health first aid instructor and from his own personal experiences.

Mark works closely with Bloomberg, WPP Group, Ogilvy, UKTV, BBC Worldwide, Cabinet Office, AIG Insurance, Allianz, Hiscox, Met Police, NHS to name a few.

Mark facilitates mental health sessions with a strong focus on proactive intervention and long-term sustainability, challenging stigma and effective communication. Mark takes an “end-to-end” approach to wellbeing strategy implementation when working with clients; he is experienced in reviewing, enhancing and writing mental health policy and embedding welling strategy in line with best practice. Alongside corporate training and consultancy, Mark works as a psychotherapist and counsellor specialising in workplace issues and trauma.

Mark designed and delivered the “Trauma and Bereavement” training for those impacted by the Grenfell tragedy, designed Mind’s Met police “Managing mental health at work” training and numerous other core wellbeing programmes.



Isabelle Boyd

Isabelle is a well-known face in education, both locally and nationally. In a 40-year career in education Isabelle has been at the forefront of new ideas and thinking. On retiring from the post of Assistant Chief Executive: Education, Youth and Communities in a large local authority, she has established an education consultancy based on values, aspiration and courage to bring her passion, creativity and desire for new ways of working to the fore. The best summary of her approach is captured in this Newman quote: “If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable...we must be content to creep along the ground, and never soar”.

Throughout her career, she has been committed to ensuring the best for children, young people, their families and communities and this has been underpinned by values of wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity. She displays strong commitment to improvement and innovation. Isabelle was awarded a CBE for Services to Education in the 2008 New Year Honours List. The CBE endorsed Her Majesty’s Inspector’s findings that she “provided outstanding leadership for the school community. She was very successful at sharing her vision for the school and engaging staff in delivering it”. This has continued and more recently, in 2018, the local authority education services she led were recognised by Education Scotland as both innovative and collaborative.

Policy and practice in the community were transformed under her leadership as evidenced by approaches to: tackling holiday hunger; building alliances among schools both within and beyond the local authority border and developing leaders for the future. Isabelle has many skills and a range of experiences particularly in the areas of creative learning and development, public services and communities. She is the current Chair of a Community Trust working to encourage participation, resilience and sustainability.



Joshua French

Emily Pearson

Co-Founder and Lead Consultant, Bailey & French

Joshua is a personal development expert, dedicated to helping people lead increasingly meaningful and rewarding lives. He is passionate about supporting a brighter future for workplace culture and loves supporting individuals and teams to focus positively, deepening their appreciation of their potential and developing the mindsets that will help them achieve it.

A founder of Bailey & French, he has over 15 years’ experience creating and facilitating positive learning environments that accelerate personal and team growth. His work includes a range of wellbeing, performance and leadership programmes with a diverse range of organisations, such as Allianz, Nando’s, the NHS and the World Health Organisation.

Director: Founder and Managing Director, Our Mind’s Work

Emily is a visionary and thought leader in the corporate mental health field. She is a corporate Mental Health Programme expert with 20 years’ experience and qualifications enabling her to work as a professional in the mental health, substance misuse and health and social care fields. Emily has designed and delivered safe and ethical approaches to corporate mental health culture change programmes with synergistic outcomes from changing lives to return on investment, creating mass mindset change to community impact.

Emily's programmes have proven to work in all industries they have been embedded in to organisations from emergency services and traditional male oriented industries to public services and blue-chip companies. Emily has driven change throughout her career which all began after her own lived experience of severe mental health problems in her early 20s. Her recovery ignited her passion which has motivated her to provide education, support, treatment and guidance to thousands of people across the UK. From young people in secure and community settings, to adults with dual diagnosis and homelessness to four years ago focusing on employee mental health, bringing her 20 years expertise in to the workplace.


Manchester & London

Tom Oxley

Amy McKeown

Director: Bamboo Mental Health

Tom Oxley runs Bamboo Mental Health, a specialist consultancy helping workplaces on mental health. Tom set up Bamboo to review workplaces, train people and write mental health strategies.

Tom has worked with Cadbury, TFL, Cambridge University, Birketts Solicitors and Ecclesiastical Insurance. His philosophy is that any employer can help any employee - but plans must be meaningful, relevant and reach all levels. In this talk, he'll tell you how he does it, and how you can.

Director: Founder and Managing Director, Our Mind’s Work

Amy has a huge amount of unique and varied experience writing and implementing strategic mental health policies (and health and wellbeing ones) across workplaces and organisations of all sizes, including a large corporate.

Her policies are evidence based, measureable, long term and sustainable. She is considered a thought leader in the UK in terms of mental health and is considered an innovator in mental health policies and solutions. Amy has a distinctive skill set which combines a clinical background (specialising in psychology), expertise in mental health, occupational health, health analytics, and health insurance. She combines the ability to design strategic programmes with the practical ability and experience to then implement them.


Jodie Hill

Jodie Hill trained as a barrister, cross-qualified as a solicitor and is the founder and Managing Director, Thrive Law, headquartered in Leeds City Centre. Jodie has specialised in employment law throughout her career, and has a keen understanding of this complex legal sector, together with all HR related issues. Jodie also has a passion for helping to encourage understanding around mental health, and has a strong desire to help end stigma surrounding the subject, to create a happier, healthier workforce.

This passion can be seen in her campaign to bring mental health to the top of the business agendas, with her campaign being featured by Sky News, the BBC, The Times, The Law Society Gazette, Yorkshire Post and other key media. Jodie’s campaigning has been recognised by many, which recently led to her being shortlisted for the Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year 2018 at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018, as well as being awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Feedback from our recent conference include:

"It was a good day and valuable training course"

HR Manager, Loughborough College

"Nice, relaxed and informative"

HR Manager, Life Path Trust

"Enjoyed consolidating prior knowledge with new ideas"

Occupational Nurse, OHCAT

"The agenda already appealed to me but the reality of the day was even better! Super impressed with how the speakers also offered further assistance outside the day , which means learning about mental health is more than just a one day training session"

Head of HR , Poupart Produce

"A really fantastic day which I would highly recommend. I found the honesty of the speakers very refreshing - fab and inspiring"

HR Manager, GML

"It was a great variety of speakers with lots of food for thought"

Early Years Advisor, London Borough of Hounslow

"Excellent quality of speakers, great content (that can't be found online!)"

Executive PA to CEO, Treatt

2018 feedback:


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