Creating Mentally Healthy Cultures
On Wednesday 6th March, we delivered our first event with Leeds City Council on the subject of Creating Mentally Health Cultures, addressing the most effective ways to support staff in a number of areas of wellbeing including:
• Preserving positive mental health
• Empowering neurodiverse workforces
• Increasing the financial wellbeing of staff
The Council’s Chief Executive, Tom Riordan provided a powerful keynote address which detailed the current position of Leeds on the mental health landscape and the tangible benefits that are achieved when developing a wellbeing culture in business. Our Founder and Psychotherapist, Zainah Khan, drew attention to the impact on business when staff are mentally unwell and where it is best to start implementing an effective wellbeing strategy. The brutally honest account of mental ill-health and recovery was shared by our guest speaker, Andrew Salkeld, who gave his experiences of depression and anxiety as a chartered accountant and what was most helpful and unhelpful from his employers. Our Neurodiversity Expert, Cheryl Winter, guided us through the area of neurodiversity and in particular, how we can make the most of unique skills and talents that are offered by neurodiverse colleagues.
The final part of the day saw Alex Watson, Head of HR at Leeds City Council, and Steve Groves, Founder and Financial Advisor at Integral Financial Planning, break down the Inclusive Growth Strategy and in particular how we can encourage financially confident staff to reduce stress experienced over money worries, especially when people are at work.
A great event with representation from some fantastic companies that seek to strengthen their mentally healthy cultures. Thank you to all who attended.
Lambert Smith Hampton, Close Brothers, Langleys, West Yorkshire Playhouse, PwC, Journey Further, Leeds City Council, City District Ltd, Squire Patton Boggs, Addleshaw Goddard, Integral Financial Planning, William Hill, ARRIS, North Bar, Walker Morris, S Leigh Services and Sons, Mind IT, TranQuality, DWP, Needle Partners, Sky Betting and Gaming, Miz7, Sesame Bankhall Group, Pinsent Masons, Fortem People
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss an event you are looking to run.
Mental Strength for the Nation
2018 was the year when mental health really took its place on the agenda of British Business and we contributed to this with our Mental Strength for the Nation Tour; a series of mental strength masterclasses that were delivered across the major cities of the country as the year progressed.
The aim of our masterclasses was to destigmatise mental health at work so they could better understand the most effective ways of supporting mentally unwell staff and easily implementing corporate wellness in their businesses. Our events attracted many HR and Learning and Development Professionals who were responsible for increasing workplace performance and devising effective wellbeing policies that would contribute to higher levels of employee engagement.
Our masterclasses placed focus on unpicking the signs, symptoms and indicators of the most prominent mental health issues affecting businesses across all industries and thereon explored the practical interventions that could be made to alleviate workplace mental health problems and reduce absenteeism and presenteeism. We reinforced the importance of using appropriate language when communicating with mentally unwell staff so that conversations at work could encourage a mentally healthier way of being and contribute to workplace cultures of openness, transparency and support.
Our masterclasses were designed to support more resilient workplaces through creating better corporate health and wellbeing strategies and understanding how mental health at work could be achieved in simple yet effective ways.