Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

Industry research suggests that 56% of employers want to do more to improve staff wellbeing but feel that they don’t have the right training or guidance to do so. At this event we will provide comprehensive insight you can act on.

The context

Employers play a critical role in supporting employee mental health and wellbeing and with the fast-changing nature of work, there has never been a more vital time for organisations to put wellbeing at the heart of their culture. From stress management to referring employees for professional help – there are many points at which mental health in the workplace can be addressed. We will discuss priorities for creating a healthy, inclusive environment to address poor mental health at its root. Further sessions will examine key considerations for ensuring that employees with a mental health condition have the support they want as well as exploring how organisations can craft mental health strategies that allow them to respond effectively and sympathetically when issues arise.

The event

This event will examine the strategies, tools and approaches available to different organisations, including stress management and early interventions, and share good practice to help you understand what more you can do to create a healthy workplace.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Employers’ legal duties towards employee mental health and wellbeing
  • The role of HR in driving change and achieving leadership buy-in
  • What steps your organisation can take towards creating a positive workplace environment and promote mental wellbeing
  • Driving culture change within your organisation
  • Tackling the stigma associated with mental health conditions
  • Barriers faced by employers when implementing strategies around mental health and how they can be overcome
  • Developing effective policies and procedures for when problems arise

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Glasgow
  • Deborah Miller, Partner in Employment Law, MacRoberts
  • Lize van Niekerk, Clinical Services Manager & Chartered Counselling Psychologist, The Keil Centre
  • Dr Patty Lozano-Casal, Health, Social Care and Workplace Manager, See Me
  • Alan Thornburrow, Director, Business in the Community Scotland
  • David Shaw, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Wellbeing Works
  • Catherine Eadie, Founding Director, MH Scot Workplace Wellbeing
  • Susan Falconer, Volunteer, See Me Scotland

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

10:00 Session 1: Policy and Legal Update

  • Employers’ legal duties towards employee mental health and wellbeing
  • Scottish Government policy: the mental health strategy and provisions for employers and workplace mental health support
  • Learning from the latest research
  • The role of HR in driving change and achieving leadership buy-in
  • Leading on mental wellbeing: transforming the role of line managers

10:00 Professor Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Glasgow

10:20 The Employment Law Landscape: employers legal rights and responsibilities

Deborah Miller, Partner in Employment Law, MacRoberts LLP

10:40 Questions and Discussion

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Creating A Healthy Workplace

  • Steps your organisation can take towards creating a positive workplace environment and promote mental wellbeing
  • Driving culture change within your organisation
  • Treating mental health training as a mandatory part of workplace health and safety
  • Mental health as a wider approach to employee wellbeing
  • Tackling the stigma associated with mental health conditions
  • Reducing stress in the workplace

11:30 Dr Patty Lozano-Casal, Health, Social Care and Workplace Manager, See Me

11:50 Alan Thornburrow, Director, Business in the Community Scotland

12:10 Wellbeing Works

  • Steps your organisation can take towards creating a positive workplace environment and promote mental wellbeing
  • Driving culture change within your organisation
  • Reducing stress in the workplace

David Shaw, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Wellbeing Works

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Supporting Employees

  • Identifying problems and offering effective and suitable support
  • Spotting early warning signs and supporting employees with mental ill-health at work
  • Barriers faced by employers when implementing strategies around mental health and how they can be overcome
  • Supporting employee mental wellbeing: what works?
  • Managing sickness absence and the return to work process
  • Developing effective policies and procedures for when problems arise
  • Referring employees to professional help
  • The kind of support employees want

13:30 Catherine Eadie, Founding Director, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing

13:50 Recognising Early Warning Signs and Taking Action

  • Recognising early warning signs of stress
  • Taking action –  initiating supportive conversations
  • Sharing information on available resources

Lize van Niekerk, Clinical Services Manager & Chartered Counselling Psychologist, The Keil Centre

14:10 Susan Falconer, Volunteer, See Me Scotland

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:50 Chair’s closing remarks

15:00 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change without notice

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
27 February 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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