Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

Digital transformation and increasing diversity within the modern workplace are themes affecting all sectors in Scotland, whilst the challenges of creating and keeping a healthy workforce depend on organisational capacity, budget, structure and time.

Industry research suggests that 56% of employers want to do more to improve staff well-being but feel that they don't have the right training or guidance to do so. 

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.  


Join us at this briefing for an update on your legal duties as an employer and the policy context of workplace mental health and wellbeing. We will examine the strategies, tools and approaches available to different organisations including stress management and early interventions and share good practice case studies to help you understand what more you can do to create a healthy workplace. 

Run in partnership with:  

Scotland's first social enterprise focusing on stress prevention and early mental health intervention in the workplace

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Employers' legal duties for supporting employee mental health and wellbeing 
  • The policy context of mental health in Scotland and what this means for employers
  • The business case for improving employee support and guidelines for changing workplace practice 
  • Stress management and practical solutions for supporting employees including mindfulness 
  • What kind of support do different employees need
  • Overcoming barriers to providing support in the workplace


09:00   Registration and Refreshments

09:45   Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Professor Abigail Marks, Professor of Work and Employment Studies, Director of Research, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University 

Session 1: Context, Policy and Legal Update

09:50  Mental Health in the Workplace: Equality and Human Rights

  • Employers’ legal duties towards employee mental health and wellbeing from a human rights and equality perspective
  • Mental health, incapacity and the law in Scotland

Professor Jill Stavert, Acting Head of Law and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University 

10:10   The Landscape of mental health policy in Scotland 

  • What does the new mental health strategy mean for workplace mental health 

Chris O'Sullivan, Head of Business Development and Engagement, Mental Health Foundation

10:30   Working Well in Scotland: Three Pillars for a Flourishing Workplace 

  • Wellbeing and productivity, resilience and agility, inspiring and engaging leaders
  • Workplace mental health:the business case for delivering improved support

Dr John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland

10:50   Questions and discussion

11:10   Refreshments and Networking

11:30   Session 2: Workshop on Strategies for Supporting Employees and Creating A Positive Working Environment

  • Treating mental health training as a mandatory part of workplace health and safety
  • Practical mental health, wellbeing and stress management solutions for supporting employees 
  • What steps your organisation can take towards creating a positive workplace​ environment

Catherine Eadie, Founding Director, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC & Carol Rutherford, Director, MHScot

12.30   Networking Lunch

Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies

13:20  Psychological Safety: Current Thinking and Practice

  • ​How Wellbeing Works and Unicorn Arc deliver wellbeing interventions to organisations in order to increase benefits to employees, reduce absence and presenteeism and improve output and outcomes

David Shaw CBE, Founder, Director of Unicorn ARC 

Hamish Moore, Founder, Owner of Wellbeing Works

Case Study 1: North Yorkshire Police

  • The problem, the solution and the outcomes

Case Study 2: South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

  • The situation that prompted us to do more for wellbeing
  • The Wbi process
  • Outcomes seen from this intervention

Andy Kane, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

14:20   Practising Mindfulness in the Workplace

  • What is mindfulness? 
  • What benefits can it bring to you and your organisation?
  • Experiencing mindfulness

Karen Barr, Mindfulness Leader, Be Switched On Ltd

15:00   Questions and Discussion

15.30   Event Close

*subject to changes without notice

Venue and Cost


COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH

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)

More information: 

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

1 June 2017



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