Guernsey Mind chairman, John Curran, is urging employers, and other members of the community keen to understand mental health, to attend the charity’s conference at Les Cotils on 24 September 2013.
Mr Curran said mental health was hugely important in the workplace and impacted significantly on the quality, performance and productivity of any organisation.
“It is vital that today’s employers understand mental health and the way in which the workplace can affect employees particularly in relation to stress and wellbeing. Senior managers within any business should see the mental health of the staff as an important responsibility that needs to be taken seriously,” he said.
“The Guernsey Mind conference aims to provide business leaders with information about how to take care of their employees’ emotional health and, in turn, protect their business and their own bottom-line. The conference will raise awareness, and lead to an increased understanding, of an issue that impacts on one in six employees at any one time.”
The conference will showcase cost-effective examples of workplace management strategies to support mental wellbeing with speakers from Guernsey and the UK.
Guernsey Mind advocates a preventative approach to mental health problems and believes employers need to understand the issues and what they can do in the workplace to help. This involves increasing mental health awareness, reducing stigma around seeking help, helping staff develop resilience and introducing simple and effective management tools to help employees stay at work.
Research increasingly shows that common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, can have a staggering cost on businesses. At a cost of £300 for every member of the workforce, the impact of not managing mental wellbeing on business effectiveness and profit can be huge.
The conference will be formally opened by Deputy Peter Harwood, Chief Minister, and speakers will include Dominic Wheatley, Managing Director, Willis Management (Guernsey) Limited, Sue Baker, Director, Time to Change, UK (the ‘Time to Change’ programme is aimed at ending mental health stigma and discrimination as well as improving wellbeing), Boley Smillie, Chief Executive, Guernsey Post, Ian Wade, Attendance and Wellbeing Coordinator, HM Revenue and Customs, UK and Emma Mamo, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Mind UK.
To find out more about the conference or make a booking visit www.guernseymind.org.gg.