We recently hosted a Mental Health in the Workplace Conference at our Gosforth Office which we ran in partnership with Business In The Community. The event, which was attended by more than 80 delegates from businesses across the North East, saw representatives from Virgin Trains, Greggs, Sage, Ward Hadaway, NHS, Fire Service, Newcastle Airport and Balfour Beatty come together to address the issues colleagues face and what businesses can do to support them.
The aim of the conference was to enhance awareness and create the ability to take supportive action relating to mental health. There was a range of speakers from Tyneside & Northumberland Mind, Northumbria Police, Gateshead Council and talks from Cinzia Pezzolesi (Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness instructor) and Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn from channel 4’s ‘Stranger on the Bridge’. There was a blend of expert support with practical examples which provided a unique opportunity to share and learn together.
Joanne Cairns, Director of HR at Ward Hadaway said:
I’m confident that this event will have created a chain of events in a number of organisations….”
The event was closed by Business In The Community who talked about the three top priorities for businesses in relation to mental health – Talk, Train and Take Action.
Matt Elliot, People Director at Virgin Money said:
We were delighted to bring together a large number of organisations in the North East to learn more about mental health in the work place and become better informed to support our colleagues. It was great to see the business community come together on a subject like this. Working with Heads Together as our corporate charity in 2016 and signing the Time to Change Charter helped Virgin Money develop our understanding and approach but we recognise it’s journey that requires our ongoing focus.