Swindon Mindful Employer conference highlights World Mental Health Day

By Anita Jaynes on 13 September, 2017

World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10 every year and the Swindon Mindful Employer Network is encouraging local employers to get involved this year.

The network is to stage its 2017 conference the day before at the Swindon Marriott on Monday October 9, and is keen remind businesses that World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to get a positive message out to everyone that healthy workplaces can help make businesses more successful.

The Swindon Mindful Employer Network has announced its line-up of guest speakers for their big event which includes former Global Vice-President of HR for Unilever Geoff McDonald, top international organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper and Olympian and business coach Doctor David Hemery CBE.  Also taking part is Cormac MacMahon who is Heart FM news editor in the region and the event is being chaired by Melanie Richens of the UK College of Personal Development. Guests of honour include the Mayor of Swindon and Dr Donna Lovell of Swindon Mind will also address delegates.

Frances Mayes of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council which has funded the network since its formation in 2008 and is taking part in the conference, said:“I have been heartened by the enthusiasm shown by local employers for this network which indicates the high level of interest in mental wellbeing in the workplace. The demand for places at this conference is considerable and my thanks go to partnership organisations and individuals who have made this happen.

“If your company hasn’t been to our events in the past, I would encourage you to book on to one of our future sessions. Not only are they very useful, but also a wonderful networking opportunity in sharing best practice on mental wellbeing and resilience at work. World Mental Health Day is also a great opportunity to encourage employees to be more aware of their mental health at work and to form an open environment to discuss these issues without fear or prejudice.”

This Swindon network is funded by Public Health at Swindon Borough Council.

To find out more email: smen@swindonmind.org