Guernsey Mind’s “Change for the Good” Conference on 15 October

October 14th, 2015 by Guernsey Mind

Guernsey Mind‘s “Change for the Good” themed conference at Les Cotils, St Peter Port on Thursday 15 October 2015 will be chaired by Sue Baker, Director of the Time to Change Campaign, a social movement made up of thousands of individuals and organisations across England who are getting the nation to rethink their attitude to mental health.

Speakers will deliver important key messages including positive attitudes to mental health, the impact of stigma in the workplace, a focus on recovery and practical and simple ways to manage mental health at work and in sport.

Sue Baker, Chair (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Sue Baker, Director of the Time to Change Campaign, is Chair of Guernsey Mind’s Change for Good Conference (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

Gareth Thomas, former Welsh Rugby international, will talk about his career highs and lows, and his struggles with mental health and depression following the collapse of his marriage and revealing he was homosexual.

He has made no secret of his struggles with depression and poor mental health after announcing he was gay in 2009 while competing at the height of his successful career.

Gareth will be joined on the conference stage by John Binns who is well-known mental health campaigner and motivational speaker.

John, who was a former partner of Deloitte UK, is a Trustee of UK Mind, and an independent advisor on workplace mental health issues.

John was diagnosed with severe depression in 2007 and had to leave the workplace for a number of months.

He expected his career would be finished but his colleagues and the firm reacted with “unfaltering kindness” and he was able to resume his career at the same level he left it.

Knowing that many sufferers of depression do so in silence, John started working with mental health charity Mind, and within Deloitte, to find a way of bringing the issue of mental health into the open.

His eventual return to the workplace drove John to become a Mind ambassador.

The conference panel will include Dave Warr, commissioner of the Guernsey Sports Commission, and vice chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation; and Chris Griffiths, co-owner of creative design studio, Two Degrees North and president of the St Jacques Rugby Club.

They will talk about mental health awareness, breaking the stigma attached to mental health issues, promoting a positive and proactive approach and using sport to counteract stress.

The conference runs from 8.00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Les Cotils on Thursday 15th October 2015.

Please visit the Guernsey Mind website for more information.

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