As well as supporting people in the community across the country, we also provide mental health training to help employers support their staff’s mental wellbeing. This week two of our Learning & Development Officers, Andrea and Neil, attended the 19th Annual Employment Law Conference, held at the Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park Stadium and run by Weightman Associates and Womble Bond Dickinson.

Andrea was guest speaker at the event, and ran an hour-long workshop in the morning delivering a passionate talk and practical guide on how to open up a conversation about mental health at work. The session was very well attended, with around 80 of the total 200 delegates at the event gathering to learn more. We were really pleased to see such a high turnout, as it reflects the fact that more employers are starting to recognise the importance of looking after their staff’s mental wellbeing. 

The workshop was both informative and interactive; attendees had the opportunity to discuss how to recognise different kinds of warning signs and symptoms of mental health, and learn how to have a conversation with someone about their mental health and identify what support someone experiencing a mental health problem might need from their employer. The workshop also discussed how organisations can create a culture that supports staff to be open about their mental health and there was some great discussions sharing some excellent ideas!

Feedback from the workshop was fantastic, with dozens of enthusiastic people visiting our stand in the main hall afterwards to tell us how thought-provoking they found it, and to learn more about the training we could offer to support them with challenges discussed during the session. Each visitor to our stand was given a goody-bag of stress-busting advice and treats, to help them look after their own wellbeing after the busy day! We also ran a prize draw at our stand, and Middlesbrough Football Club were the lucky winners of a half-day MHM training course of their choice.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help your workplace become more knowledgeable and confident about mental health, visit our Training page or email [email protected]