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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, 16 St Mary's St, EH1 1SU

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
  • Creating and sustaining a workplace culture which is conducive to good mental health
  • Culture change - addressing key challenges - including in terms of funding, resources and implementation
  • The role of HR in creating healthier workplaces
  • Appointing mental health leads and investing in mental health first aid training
  • Best practice wellbeing strategies Monitoring actions and outcomes
  • Raising awareness and the importance of company role models
  • Fostering an open and supportive culture - talking about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Recruitment - promoting an open interview process
  • Dealing with poor attitudes toward mental
  • health
  • Peer-to-peer support 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: 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
  • What to do in a crisis and when to seek professional help
  • 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


Consultant – Mind (Hammersmith & Fulham)

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 Mind in Hammersmith & Fulham, senior revenue manager at EDF Energy, as a psychotherapist, 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, Sage Publishing 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 trained in transactional analysis and EMDR. Mark co-designed and delivered the “Trauma and Bereavement” training for those impacted by the Grenfell tragedy and Mind’s core mental health and emotional intelligence workshops delivered nationally.

London and Edinburgh


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.




Partner, Brabners

Lee is an experienced employment lawyer who handles complex employment and HR-related issues for businesses and senior executives.

He advises on highly sensitive matters such as board level terminations and business protection, including enforcing restrictive covenants, TUPE and business reorganisations.He also handles internal investigations including discrimination and whistleblowing cases and helps businesses implement HR policies and processes.

Lee has a strong track record in both contentious and non-contentious work and has represented prominent employers at employment tribunals across the UK. In addition he advises businesses on industrial relations and dealing with trade unions.He also guest blogs for industry publication Personnel Today and has developed innovative training for businesses on people related matters. He is a freelance lecturer for BPP Professional Development.He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Eurolegal.


Lee Jefcott


Steve Carr

Steve Carr is a mental health, workplace well-being and suicide first-aid tutor. His dedication to helping others came after multiple childhood traumas and a turbulent adulthood wrecked by addictions and mental health problems, leading to numerous suicide attempts.

He emerged a man with a mission to change the world of mental health to ensure no one has to face adversity or challenges alone.While in recovery, he has chosen to share his story of hope, healing and transformation through national television, radio, significant publications along with several nationally and internationally recognised businesses.He has met and shared stages with many famous and well know celebrities, including Dame Kelly Holmes, Kristy Gallacher, Russell Brand, Paul Martin, Jonny Benjamin MBE and Stephanie Cole OBE, asan inspirational speaker.

He has written many articles, blogs and his work has been recognised by Facebook who credited him with the title of 'Power Administrator' for his online mental health peer support group. He has also co-authored a book on emerging proud after Suicide and worked as an IPS Service Manager integrated within AWP NHS Mental Health Teams.One of his most significant achievements was walking from one end of Britain to the other with just £100 sleeping rough in a tent for 90 days after being diagnosed with several mental health conditions, raisingawareness for both mental health and homelessness.

He wrote a report on his finding and delivered it by hand by personal invitation to David Cameron at number 10 Downing Street. He's qualified in many areas of mental and physical health, including youth and adult mental health first aid, awareness of mental health problems, life coaching, counselling skills, level 4 Suicide First Aid, level 3 personal training and one of only a handful of Suicide First Aid tutors in the country as well as a private pilot in hos spare time.


Mental Health, Workplace Wellbeing and Suicide First Aid Tutor-Trainer.

Founder and Director of Mindcanyon Mental Health And Mental Fitness.



Daryl Woodhouse

Sam Garner

Award-winning Adviser, Mental Health Speaker, Mental Fitness & Productivity Trainer, Non-Executive Director and ABP Founder CEO

Daryl Woodhouse is a 26-time award-winning adviser & entrepreneur, speaker and trainer, helping entrepreneurs, business leaders and their employees achieve a healthy work-life balance, mental fitness, productivity and business growth.

He is based from London, UK, and regularly travels across Europe to deliver various inspiring and value-adding keynote talks and practical workshops for Company Founders, leaders and senior employees from many different sectors.

His heavyhearted story of the emotional, financial and physical damage caused by burnout, inspires others as he openly shares how he recovered to become happier and mentally fit. This, combined with his career experience, enables Daryl to help many others to reduce stress, live happier and enjoy improved business results.

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Mental Health Consultant and Trainer

Sam is a renowned trainer and speaker on Mental Health, Behaviour, SEN and Access Arrangements. Originally a music teacher she became a SENCo in a large Secondary School where she gained a wealth of SEN training and experience, particularly in behaviour and mental health.


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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