Packed house at one-off meeting on bereavement & suicide

By Anita Jaynes on 21 May, 2014

The Swindon Mindful Employer Network has been overwhelmed by the interest in its one-off themed event on bereavement and suicide taking place at Jurys Inn Swindon on Friday 13 June.

The awareness session highlights support needed for employees facing bereavement and traumatic times and will be chaired by Lord Carey of Clifton – the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Frances Mayes, who is taking part in the session and funds the Swindon Mindful Employer Network on behalf of Public Health Swindon says: “We are quite surprised by the strong demand for places and the interest expressed in this event.   I believe it demonstrates the increasing emphasis that Swindon employers are putting on mental health and well-being at work and how a supportive environment can make a difference to colleagues and the long term success of businesses in retaining loyal and productive staff.”

Melanie Richens, who chairs the network agrees: “We could not envisage just how successful and popular the network would become. By addressing difficult and sometimes sensitive issues, we have attracted large audiences for our professional events.  Bereavement and suicide were two issues highlighted in our feedback from employers and I am pleased we acted on these suggestions to produce this awareness event”.

Other guest speakers and contributors include Mandy Rutter of Validium, Mary Mooney of Lift Psychology, Linda Morgan of The Samaritans and Jacqueline Parry of SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide).

Cormac MacMahon, News Editor of Heart FM, will present an interview and Q&A session with guest speakers.

Peter Rudge, Sales Manager at Jurys Inn Swindon Hotel, says: “It is great news that so much interest has been expressed in this session. We know the network addresses some quite difficult and unusual subjects which are really helpful to employers.  We are looking forward to welcoming guests to Jurys Inn Swindon Hotel.”

Pictured above: Mandy Rutter of Validium