We recently attended two Mental Health Seminars, hosted by Mark Smith of Lloyds Bank as part of his fundraising for his Mental Health Marathon. Mark is aiming to raise £25,000 for Mental Health UK and is taking part in a Cambodian trek.
Mental health is one of more pressing problems of our time, and managing mental health effectively in the workplace has a massive financial implication for businesses. Not only is there the obvious sick leave, but the less obvious reduced productivity has a huge implication. Considering the mental health of your employees, is not only compassionate but also shows good business sense.
During the seminars there were a variety of speakers, talking about mental health from different angles. Mental Health UK discussed how to support you and your business, Harrison Clark Rickerbys discussed the legal aspect, and a speaker from Bishop Fleming gave an incredible and honest insight into managing mental health both personally and professionally.
Here are two attendees reflecting on what they have learnt from the seminar. The first is Mike Forrester from Orchard Valley Foods, also representing the Chamber of Commerce.
The next clip is Rev Dr Richard Johnson. Rev Johnson is vicar at All Saints church in Worcester, Mark Smith’s church, but also attended as representing the church, to increase their understanding of mental health in the workplace.
There are three more Mental Health Seminars planned for later in the year.
All these events follow the same format:
- Light refreshments.
- Opening remarks and introduction.
- Mental Health UK – support for you and your business.
- Harrison Clark Rickerbys – legal obligations and implications.
- Bishop Fleming – Honest and practical experiences of a business leader in managing personal and employee wellbeing.
- Close and light refreshments.
These are free events, with a suggested donation of £25 or more to Mental Health UK, via this Just Giving site, to support Lloyds Bank’s national charity.
Date: Wednesday, 25th September
Time: 8am – 11am
Venue: Malvern College, College Rd, Malvern WR14 3DF
To book your place on the Malvern seminar email Mark.Smith5@lloydsbanking.com and put Malvern 25th September in the email.
Date: Wednesday, 2nd October
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Ross Labels, Ross Park, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7US
To book your place on the Ross on Wye seminar email Mark.Smith5@lloydsbanking.com and put Ross 2nd October in the email.
Monmouthshire – November
Venue: Monmouth, details TBC
We look forward to seeing you all there!