July 8, 2019

Mental Health Awareness: Creating Kinder Cultures within the Workplace

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019

Venue: Ortus Conference and Events Center, London

On June 19th, Practicus ran an event in collaboration with Breaking the Silence’s David Beeney on mental health awareness in the workplace.

Research shows that mental health problems in the workplace cost UK employers £26 billion per year, averaging £1,035 per employee. In fact, the vast majority of people will be impacted by mental health problems at some point in their life.

ABOUT DAVID BEENEY

David began his session by talking about his professional career and how he has tried to overcome his severe panic attacks and anxiety struggles throughout his profession.

David shared with our audience how his continuous panic attacks at 24, made him feel humiliated and he couldn’t talk to anyone about how he was really feeling.

He explained about the main areas people suffered from when it comes to mental health.

SUICIDE

David spoke about the sensitive and uncomfortable topic of suicide and gave our audience some shocking statistics:

David continued:

COPING MECHANISMS

DISTRACTION

COMICAL VALUE

THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH

Only 1 in 20 people tell the truth that they are suffering from mental health, but the rest will inevitably lie. This is due to the stigma that still surrounds mental health and how people react to it, especially within the workplace.

David argued that it is actually 1 in 1 people that suffer from mental health problems.

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

David stated that the more you invest in your staff, the happier and more productive they will be. The stigma of mental health in workplace is still seen as one of the taboos of the workplace and an area of uncertainty. To conclude his talk, David offered our audience various methods we can apply to our workforce to help end the stigma of mental health within the workplace

THE TONE MUST COME FROM THE TOP OF THE ORGANISATION

TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH LIKE WE TALK ABOUT PHYSICAL HEALTH

CHANGE THE LANGUAGE WE USE TO DESCRIBE MENTAL HEALTH

Thank you to David Beeney for talking to us about his incredible personal journey and to offer ways we can all try to combat mental health stigma in the workplace. To read more about David please visit http://breakingthesilence.co.uk/

About Practicus

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