Celebrating World Mental Health Day

This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past months have brought many challenges for everyone. Health-care workers providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students adapting to taking classes from home with little contact with teachers and friends and anxious about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely.

Our event on 9 October will focus on mental health training, employee benefits and inclusive environments.

You are welcome to join the session throughout the morning to hear from the speakers that interest you or attend for the whole session. We also have allocated time for questions and answers after each speaker.


10.30-11.00am – Philip Ratcliffe, Norvic Training UK Ltd

11.00-11.15am – question time/ comfort break

11.15–11.45am – Steph Gordon, EBCam Employee Benefits

11.45am–12.00pm – question time/ comfort break

12.00–12.45pm – Jacqui Kemp, Your People Potential

12.45–1.00pm – questions/ end of session

Philip Ratcliffe, Mental Health Trainer, Norvic Training

Philip has diplomas in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and person centred counselling. He is Norvic’s lead trainer in Mental health training – First Aid for the Mind and medication training – and during this session he will accent signs of mental health, possible help that can be given and how to avoid escalation of an issue.

Employee focus will look at Covid, stress, anxiety and depression.

  • How it feels, perceptions, circle of behaviours
  • What is needed to change what is happening
  • How attitudes to bosses/work/colleagues change
  • Self-help techniques.

Employer focus will cover:

  • How it looks when mental health deteriorates
  • Signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression
  • Possible actions, guidance, employers’ skills, HR, literature.

Steph Gordon, Director, EBCam Employee Benefits

Steph will be considering how we, as employers, can support our employees’ mental wellbeing through employee benefit offerings.

Steph will be discussing how to re-invent your employee benefits to adapt with the increasing focus on mental wellbeing without the need to increase spend in a significant way. Steph will also be looking at how you can provide a broad range of services to your employees to enable them to have the right support, at the right time and how benefits that promote a healthy lifestyle can also enhance your employees’ mental wellbeing.

Jacqui Kemp, Director, Your People Potential

Jacqui works to change the perception of mental health at work, building acceptance and inclusion into everything you do. Your People Potential exists to obliterate the stigma around mental health in the workplace.

Organisations that are not open to addressing mental health in the workplace will lose people: Some will burn out, some will move on and some will stick around to sabotage the future success of the business. Jacqui takes a straightforward approach to mental health at work building inclusion, acceptance and loyalty in your people.

Jacqui will share her thoughts on creating an inclusive environment, where everyone can turn up being honest and upfront about themselves, where everyone feels comfortable being the best they can be on any given day.

Organised by the Chamber’s HR & Leadership Forum

How to book

Register here > http://afx.one/d339ea74



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