Free mental health seminar for businesses

Free mental health seminar for businesses

Date published: 31 July 2018
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Employers across West Lindsey are being invited to a special seminar to tackle mental health in the workplace.

West Lindsey Employment & Skills Partnership is hosting the event in October, which is free to attend.

The event, which will be held at the Golf Club in Gainsborough, will provide information, advice and support to employers to enable them to be more effective when addressing mental health issues within the workplace.  

Speakers will be on hand to:    

        
  • Provide advice and re-assurance on managing mental health as an employer    
       
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  • Offer case studies on how they manage the employer/employee relationship. Examples from B&Q and ACIS Housing
  • Report on findings from the Talent Match initiative and the impact this project has had in supporting people with mental health issues get back into the workplace       

In addition to advice and support, employers can also find out about an opportunity to train up an in-house Mental Health First Aider to support employees.

Cllr Angela Lawrence, Safeguarding and Mental Health Champion for West Lindsey District Council, said: “I am pleased that the Council, in partnership with other organisations, is able to put on an event like this to support local employers and their employees.

“Educating the workforce on the availability of programmes where they can find support in a confidential and respectful manner, will help to address personal challenges before they become overwhelming.

“Placing health and wellbeing at the heart of businesses, can help employers attract and retain talent, improve productivity and happiness, and positively impact on well being and productivity."

National figures show that every organisation in Britain is affected by mental distress and ill health in the workforce.  Approximately 1 in 3 people take time out of work due to mental health and 91 million days are lost each year. 

However, studies show that an alarming number of employers are still avoiding the topic of mental health. A report by the Centre for Mental Health revealed that absence due to mental health cost the UK economy £34.9 billion last year.

Amanda Bouttell, Senior Project Officer for Employment & Skills at West Lindsey District Council said: “The NHS has called on businesses to wake up to the reality of mental health and its dire effects on the wellbeing of its employees and on overall workplace success.

“Local employers will have an opportunity to speak to a range of providers during the networking session, who will be on hand to demonstrate the services they offer to employers.

“In addition, all the employers in attendance will be provided with a copy of a booklet produced by Talent Match Ambassadors that includes organisations across Lincolnshire offering mental health support services.”

The event will take place on 10 October 2018 at the Gainsborough Golf Club from 9.30am to 12.30pm followed by a networking lunch.

To book a place and register your interest please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/working-with-mental-health-supporting-you-to-support-your-staff-tickets-48452624103

For more information, please email: Amanda.Bouttell@West-Lindsey.gov.uk


For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/councilnews

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