Proactive Mental Health Summit Launch Conference

Supported by workplace wellbeing specialists Suffolk Mind, the Proactive Workplace Mental Health Summit is organised by HIVE, which is part of Suffolk Libraries and a new network designed to help businesses across East Anglia grow and prosper.

Published in Suffolk Director Magazine, Winter/Spring 2020
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New wellbeing at work conference for Suffolk

Putting you and your employees’ mental health at the centre of your business can transform your culture and achieve that elusive goal of becoming a truly empowered company of our times.

The Proactive Mental Health Summit is a one-day conference which was due to take place at the University of Suffolk in March 2020 but is now re-scheduled for March 2021. It will bring together a raft of high-level speakers from organisations such as ACAS, Adnams plc, Aon, Astra Zeneca, C&I Wellbeing, Direct Line Group, East of England Co-op, RWE and UBS Wealth Management.

Why this event now?

A positive working environment supports wider economic resilience and leads to thriving communities. Organisations with a strong mental health framework in place are finding the rewards are not just social but can affect the bottom line.

Research commissioned by Suffolk Libraries highlights the growing wellbeing challenges facing the county, and issues such as loneliness and social isolation can affect employees at work as well as outside of it. For this reason, HIVE has teamed up with Suffolk Mind to provide practical and transferable solutions to businesses across East Anglia so you can meet these challenges.

The conference will explore the fantastic work taking place in mental health and wellbeing across the region, and how these experiences can be applied in business.

As Jon Neal, Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind explains: “Wellbeing and health in the workplace has never been so important or had such a high profile as it does right now. It’s not just about social responsibility and being a considerate employer because it’s nice to be one – there is more and more evidence of its impact on the bottom line as well.

“Mental wellbeing in the workplace makes a big difference, not just to sickness and absence rates, but also to motivation and performance. The most successful employers are those that create environments in which their teams can meet their physical and emotional needs in healthy ways.”

So what is the conference about?

The agenda is designed to support companies of different sizes and at various stages of their mental health policy development – from ‘starting from scratch’ to mature.

Delegates will hear from panels and high-profile expert speakers who will share their experience with real-life case studies.

The focused, intensive one-day programme will cover a range of subjects from identifying the common workplace behaviours which can signpost distress and a need for support, to understanding multi-generational and multi-cultural differences and reviewing disability discrimination under the Equality Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Mental Health Act.

Delegates will receive full copies of slides plus a collection of resources and will come away with a better understanding of how to implement a mental health framework in their businesses.

Online opportunities available

The conference has been re-scheduled to March 2021, due to the Covid-19 crisis, however, HIVE will be running a series of free, online seminars with experts in the health and wellbeing in the workplace field. For further information on these sessions visit hivesuffolk.co.uk. You can also download HIVE’s freeloads Wellbeing at Work white paper here.

For more information contact E: help@suffolklibraries.co.uk T: 01473 351249

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