Mental health and Mindful Employer headlines at Swindon CIPD gathering

By Anita Jaynes on January 01, 2014

The Swindon branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will host an awareness session at New College in March for its local membership on the issues of mental health in the workplace.   Organised in association with the Swindon Mindful Employer Network the event looks at managing stress at work, identifying stress in ourselves and colleagues and explores the benefits of being a Mindful Employer.

Guest speakers include Melanie Richens, Chair of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, Geoff Windle of Lift Psychology and Adrian Embling of  Mindset Wessex.

David Latham who manages the Swindon Mindful Employer Network at the Richmond Fellowship says: “We are grateful to the Swindon CIPD for inviting us back to speak to their membership on the important matters relating to mental health in the workplace.  I am particularly pleased that we are joined by some accomplished and highly knowledgeable guest speakers who can provide advice to HR professionals. We realise that mental health – particularly stress – is of growing concern to the business community”.

Jules Goddard, Swindon and North Wilts CIPD Events Co-ordinator feels these types of awareness sessions are becoming more popular: “HR professionals are facing increasing issues and problems involving mental health and the possible sickness absence associated with them. The truth is that we can not ignore or dismiss the problems caused by stress and the damage it is doing to individuals and businesses everywhere.  I am delighted the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, Lift Psychology and Mindset Wessex are able to join us for this eagerly anticipated event.”

Sickness absence statistics over the last decade show an alarming increase in employees taking time away from the workplace for mental health reasons and in particular stress.  This session will explore the issues around managing stress at work and how we identify the signs of mental illness in our colleagues and ourselves. We shall also explore the benefits of businesses being positive on mental health matters and developing resilience – and transforming into a mindful employer.

This event takes place at New College, Swindon on Thursday March 20th. Booking is essential through the CIPD swindon-events@cipdbranch.co.uk