Excalibur hosts mental health at work session for Swindon Mindful Employer

By Anita Jaynes on 1 December, 2015

The Swindon Mindful Employer Network will stage another popular best practice session looking into important aspects of mental health in the workplace.

Mental health@work will take place on Tuesday 1 March at Arclite House – the headquarters of Excalibur Communications. James Phipps, Chief Executive of Excalibur, will address delegates and offer his support in increasing awareness of mental health issues among employers in the Swindon area.

Guest speakers include Dr Donna Lovell and Suzanne Baxter of Swindon Mind who will present a taster session from the popular Mental Health First Aid courses which will concentrate on the subject of anxiety. Lisa Monis of Work Smart Work Savvy will explore the approach managers should adopt when handling stress within the workforce.

Lauren Harkin, Senior Associate at Withy King specialising in employment law, will talk on the legal implications for employers of mental ill-health in the workforce.

Melanie Richens, Chair of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, will welcome delegates and introduce guest speakers.

James Phipps said:“We are delighted to host this awareness and learning session because we realise the essential role mental health plays in developing a successful business environment. Businesses can no longer ignore the impact of mental wellness on productivity and profitability – an engaged and healthy workforce is a key factor. We are particularly delighted to welcome the popular Swindon Mindful Employer Network to Excalibur at Arclite House. The network has gone from strength to strength since it formed in 2008 and we are keen to associate ourselves with this important activity.”

David Latham, who manages the Swindon Mindful Employer Network at Swindon Mind, commented:“The involvement by Excalibur and the personal interest by James Phipps in our work is very exciting indeed. It demonstrates that mental health at work has shot up the agenda for businesses from a variety of sectors. Excalibur is a success story and respected brand in the area and we are extremely pleased to be able to work closely with James and his team now and in the future.”

Excalibur and The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire will be supporting this network session. Places for this event are available for representatives of Swindon employers only. Booking is essential.

For more information about this event please contact: smen@swindonmind.org