Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

From excessive stress and low morale, to struggling to cope after a bereavement or a chronic mental health condition - poor mental health in the workplace takes many forms. At this event we will examine priorities, your obligations and good practice in nurturing the mental wellbeing of your workers to improve resilience and retention.

A growing crisis

15% of people at work have symptoms of an existing mental health condition. This is in addition to the 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition who lose their jobs each year. What can we do to address mental health before it reaches crisis point and how can we deliver effective strategies for when issues arise?

There are many points at which mental health in the workplace can be addressed, from stress management to referring employees for professional help. These rely on an open, inclusive culture to overcome stigma and ensure that issues can be addressed at their root. Strategies, tools and approaches deployed effectively can improve wellbeing and retention by ensuring support is delivered sympathetically and when most needed.

We all want a happy, healthy workplace but employers often do not know where to start and lack the training to deliver effective support. Join us as we examine your obligations, key insights and good practice to help you provide the support that will help your workers remain and thrive in work.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • Your obligations as an employer
  • Key drivers of poor mental health in the workplace
  • Developing effective policies and procedures for when problems arise
  • Overcoming stigma and embedding an inclusive, open workplace culture
  • Creating a mentally healthy workplace


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Paul Gray, former Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHSScotland

10:05 Session 1: Priorities and Context

  • Your obligations as an employer
  • Key drivers of poor mental health in the workplace
  • ‘Building blocks’ to creating a workplace free of mental health stigma and discrimination

10:05 The Journey of Lawscot Wellbeing

Katie McKenna, Head of High Street Member Engagement, The Law Society of Scotland 

10:30 Employers’ Legal Duties Towards Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

Deborah Miller, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

11:00 Tackling Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination in the Workplace in Practice

Mairead Rowan, Workplace Officer, SeeMe

11:30 Q&A

11:40 Refreshments and Networking

12:00 Session 2: Providing Support & Good Practice

12:00 Mental Health at Work is a Top Priority

  • Why a mentally healthy workplace makes business, legal and ethical sense
  • Culture  how worst and best practise impacts behaviours, engagement and productivity
  • What develops confidence to have a supportive conversation 

Amy McDonald, Founder & CEO, Headtorch

12:30 Rightsteps

  • Delivering appropriate, effective and timely support
  • Creating a mentally healthy workplace & benefits of early intervention
  • Health and wellbeing as part of a mental health approach (mind, body, & behaviour)
  • Self-directed support / digital interventions 

Rightsteps is a service delivered by Turning Point. Turning Point has been providing high quality support for people’s mental health and wellbeing for over 50 years. As a social enterprise, Rightsteps focus on maximising social value for the people and communities they work with and currently operate over 300 services, supporting over 30,000 people each day.

Cliff Lee, Head of Rightsteps 

13:00 Q&A

13:10 Lunch and Networking

14:00 Session 3: Challenges & Solutions

14:00 Interactive roundtable discussion

Delegates will lead the discussion to identify key challenges for creating workplace environments that support the mental health of employees. You will have the opportunity to share good practice and obtain solutions to the challenges you face. 

14:30 Living Life to the Full: the Workplace Toolkit 

Professor Chris Williams, Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry, University of Glasgow, and Director Five Areas Ltd

15:00 Q&A

15:10 Closing Remarks from the Chair

Paul Gray, former Director General for Health and Social Care and Chief Executive of NHSScotland

15:15 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.




COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map
Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

20 February 2019
Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh, EH12 5BH
United Kingdom



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