Mental Health in the Workplace Conference

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews London, W1G 9DT

Mental Health in the Workplace Conference

The Mental Health in the Workplace conference is supported by SGS UK and will take place at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London’s West End on Tuesday 14th June 2022. Bringing together those working in Human Resources, Health & Safety and those managing staff with mental health specialists, The Mental Health in the Workplace conference offers an education platform and discussion forum for everyone with responsibility for staff wellbeing.

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Date & Location

Tuesday 14th June 2022
8:45 – 16:00

Cavendish Conference Centre
22 Duchess Mews
London, W1G 9DT

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8:15 am

Registration and refreshments

9:00 am

Creating a work experience where people thrive

Presented by Lindsay Kohler, Lead Behavioural Scientist, Scarlettabbott

As we continue this period of a ‘great re-evaluation,’ your people are looking for more from their jobs and their employers — and will walk if they don’t get it.

She will also focus on topics around burnout, empathy, motivation, and morale — key pillars of the important work undertaken by Health & Safety and Human Resources professionals. Plus, she’ll touch on purpose — an important part of our day-to-day wellbeing. Learn more about the behavioural science for health and safety in the workplace to leave the conference with a new understanding of how to best support your colleagues.

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9:45 am

Mental Health and ISO 45001: are you ready?

Presented by Kate Breslin, Product Specialist at SGS.

We will look at how mental health is incorporated into the requirements of ISO 45001, the occupational health and safety standard, that support’s organisations to improve employee health and safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer, healthier working conditions. In this session we will show you how to develop your management system to incorporate a mental health and wellbeing strategy that will help embed the health and wellbeing strategy throughout the organisation, raising awareness of the strategy and encouraging usage and uptake.

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10:30 am

Refreshment break and networking

11:00 am

Why invest in workplace mental health?

Alison Pay, Managing Director, Mental Health at Work

What is the real cost of workplace mental health and what can organisations do to address this? In this session we’ll be discussing the current evidence around the economic cost of workplace mental health and how creating an open and supportive working environment, operating without stigma, can mitigate these costs.

Alison will consider where responsibilities sit in the workplace, including Duty of Care within the Equality Act 2010 and why investing in the skills to have conversations about mental health can support employees to return to health and minimise extended absence, presenteeism and turnover.

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11:30 am

Panel: How and why we created a healthier workplace

Chaired by Paul Roberts, Senior Adviser, Acas

In this panel discussion, representatives from different industry sectors look back over the necessity of creating a mentally healthy workplace and share their experience and tips in how to best achieve this.

Delegates will leave this session with a host of tried and tested ideas to implement positive changes in their own work environment.

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Panel Member - Kirstie Hawton, Head of Culture, Octopus Investments


Panel Member - Rebecca Piggott, HR Advisor, D&I and Mental Health Lead


Panel Member - Hugo Metcalfe, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist, The Happy Mind Tribe

12:15 pm

Lunch and networking

1:15 pm

The law and mental health in the workplace

Presented by Naeema Choudry, Partner in the Employment, Labor and Pensions Group

Naeema will consider the legal position in relation to wellbeing at work and the roles and responsibilities managers have in ensuring that they create the correct conditions for employees to thrive in the workplace. She will also condition tricky issues such as dealing with and managing requests for flexible working from senior employees and older workers – studies show that only 9.8% of jobs paying more than £20,000 are advertised as flexible yet the demand for flexible working is greater than ever. Is flexible working here to stay following the pandemic? Naeema will also consider how to overcome the negative effects of technology in the workplace which has resulted in employees being online for significant periods of time cutting into their leisure and rest times. The session will finish with a look at the law and mental health in the workplace

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2:00 pm

Cultivating Culture: A Case Study Of Sandhurst Military Academy

Hugo Metcalfe, Co-Founder & Chief Psychologist, The Happy Mind Tribe

Your organisation's ‘Culture’ is at the heart of staff wellbeing, motivation and performance. This in turn directly impacts your organisational strategy, growth and development.

If terms like Values-Based Leadership, Psychological Contracts & Organisational Citizenship Behaviours are unfamiliar then I invite you to join me and explore how by harnessing the power of ‘meaning’ and ‘purpose’ we can support staff teams and organisations to thrive in ever changing times.

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2:45 pm

Refreshment break and networking

3:15 pm

Eat Your Way to Better Mental Health – the importance of Nutrition in the Workplace

Christine Bailey, Director of Nutrition & Wellbeing, Thomas Franks Ltd

While there are many biological and bio-psychosocial factors involved with our mental health numerous research studies have highlighted the importance of nutrition as the key driving factor.

In this seminar Registered Performance Nutritionist for Thomas Franks Ltd Christine Bailey will provide an overview of the factors involved in depression and anxiety focusing on the key nutrients, diet and lifestyle factors that support mood and healthy stress response. She will discuss practical nutrition support in the workplace including food service and the dining experience together with employee nutrition & wellbeing support.

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3:45 pm

Fertility Matters at Work - and here's Why

Becky Kearns, Natalie Silverman, Claire Ingle, Co-founders, Fertility Matters at Work

Many women and their partners fear telling their employers about their need to go for fertility treatment and that they are actively trying for a baby. Even though fertility struggles are being talked about more in the mainstream media, with high profiled names sharing experiences of IVF and pregnancy loss, many people will still suffer in silence. When you consider that 1 in 7 individuals in the UK will experience difficulties trying to build their family and think about your immediate work colleagues, it is very possible that it is affecting someone close to you, without you even knowing.

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4:00 pm

Connection Through Multisensory Play

Jo-Ann Spronk, Co-Founder, CEO & Mental Health First Aid Instructor, The Happy Mind Tribe

Play has the ability to shift us from judgement into curiosity, it has the power to push past barriers of language and culture to covey messages of meaning that create deep connection and understanding. Yet most of us stop playing after childhood. In this short hands on experiential session, we’ll explore the benefits of multisensory play as a tool for wellbeing in the workplace.

4:30 pm

Optional Networking

5:00 pm


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Book today to qualify for the special early bird ticket price of £149
(normal price £199)

Ticket price includes full day conference programme as well as lunch and a variety of snacks and refreshments throughout the day.


To find out more about being a part of the Mental Health in the Workplace conference, please email

Ben Corbett

Ben Corbett

Event Director
Mental Health in the
Workplace Conference

Austen Hawkins

Austen Hawkins

Managing Director
F2F Events