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The Festival of Sourcing - Mental Health in the Workplace 

A mental health crisis is upon us. Mental Health should be a consideration across all sectors and become a priority in business agendas. There’s so much more to be done when it comes to building psychologically safe cultures where people can remain in work and thrive despite experiencing mental ill health. 

Speakers:

Chair: Kerry Hallard,

CEO of the GSA 

Jill Mead, 

Founder & Director of we Talk too

Jill recommends this TED Talk by Guy Winch on Why we all Need to Practise Emotional First Aid, listen to the podcast here

Services is a people business - their mental health must be a board level agenda.

No one could have predicted a world in which businesses moved, en masse, and seemingly overnight, to remote working models. The industry adapted quickly to change and there are many positives of this new way of working. However, whilst many businesses thrived, the mental and physical health of employees has been compromised. In an industry based around people, we need to step up and put people first before we reach a point of crisis.

It’s of extreme importance that mental health is at the forefront of all business agendas. According to MHFA, Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year. There is clearly a correlation between looking after employees’ mental wellbeing and an increase in commercial value across the business. Much more can be done when it comes to building psychologically safe cultures where people can remain in work and thrive despite experiencing mental ill health. It’s time to focus on win:win – for employees and employers.

As an industry, let’s work together to end the stigma surrounding mental health and put our people first. Understanding the issues is a good first step.


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