Guernsey conference on managing mental well-being in the workplace

July 23rd, 2013 by Guernsey Mind

(Please click on Guernsey Mind Conference Programme to visit Guernsey Mind website)

(Please click on Guernsey Mind Conference Programme to visit Guernsey Mind website)

Guernsey Mind is holding a conference for local business leaders on cost-effective workplace management strategies to support mental well-being.

Mental Wellbeing is Every Employees Business‘ Conference with UK and Guernsey speakers takes place at Les Cotils on 24 September 2013.

John Curran, Guernsey Mind chairman, said “staff well-being is one of the most important factors in the quality, performance and productivity of any organisation.”

“It is a significant responsibility for today’s employers to understand and mitigate the risks to employees in relation to stress and well-being.”

“Such issues should be managed at an organisational level by senior managers,” Mr Curran said.

Guernsey Mind advocates a preventative approach to mental health problems in the workplace.

This involves increasing mental health awareness, reducing stigma around seeking help, helping staff develop resilience and introducing simple and effective management tools to help employees stay at work.

Mind Guernsey supporter Richard Collas, the Bailiff of Guernsey, is an advocate of this approach.

“In the modern workplace it is very rare to find a culture where talking about mental health, or an acceptance that it warrants an equal footing with physical health, is acceptable,” Mr Collas said.

Guernsey Bailiff Richard Collas on 1 June 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guernsey Bailiff Richard Collas on 1 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Yet some of the best and brightest people have a mental health issue. At times we may all struggle to cope,” he said.

“Research increasingly shows that common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, can have a staggering cost on businesses,” Mr Collas said.

“The Guernsey Mind conference will support business leaders to take care of their employees’ emotional health and, in so doing, help to take care of their own business and their own bottom-line.”

“I wholeheartedly support this partnership between the voluntary sector and business.”

“The conference will raise awareness, and will lead to an increased understanding, of an issue that impacts one in six employees at any one time,” Mr Collas said.

Boley Smillie, Guernsey Post chief executive, has worked closely with Guernsey Mind over the last year to pilot their mental health strategy and is one of the key speakers at the conference.

Boley Smillie speaking at the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce lunch on (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Boley Smillie, Guernsey Post chief executive, speaking at the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce lunch on 21 February 2011 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Guernsey Post is delighted to be a participant at the inaugural Guernsey Mind Conference.”

“It is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our own experiences while learning from recognised experts about the benefits of effectively managing mental wellbeing in the workplace,” Mr Smillie.

Mr Curran said “at a cost of £300 for every member of the workforce, the impact of not managing mental well-being on business effectiveness and profit can be huge.”

“Guernsey Mind is not suggesting that employers are expected to act as social workers but the conference will highlight the support that is already readily available,” Mr Curran said.

Please download the Guernsey Mind Conference programme to find out more about the conference or to make a booking.

 

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