Addressing mental health in Hertfordshire workplaces

This network event was one of a series of events taking place in 2015 bringing together representatives from across the public and private sector to share best practice, exchange ideas and gain useful knowledge on a range of Wellbeing subjects.

The next in a series of Workplace Wellbeing Practitioners' Network events took place at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on 18th June and was attended by over 30 local business representatives.

This event focused on mental health issues for workplaces and how to develop a peer support network. Delegates heard from Lorna Buckland from Dacorum Borough Council on how they have developed in-house mental health first aiders who are trained to spot signs of mental ill-health and have the skills to talk to the individual employee and to support them with any help they need.

Guests participated in breakout sessions covering several discussion points which addressed issues such as: Promoting mental health in the workplace, how to encourage open communications within the workplace, what measures can be put in place to help mental health, what resources are available and where to access them and peer support – what is the best way in which organisations can exchange and share knowledge.

Jo Dray, MHFA Practitioner and Debbie Longhurst, Head of Business Engagement and Lead for the Hertfordshire Workplace Wellbeing Offer facilitated the event and shared some of the feedback and emerging themes that have been highlighted in the recent evaluation conducted with organisations across Hertfordshire.

Sarah Wren from Hertfordshire Independent Living said, “The event was very informative, it was good to hear from other organisations about what they are doing in their own workplaces. It has given me food for thought and new ideas to take back to my company.” 

Find out more about the network and the discussion from the event.