Improving productivity by reducing stigma around Mental Health

Over 25 delegates attended the Norfolk and Suffolk Workplace Wellbeing Practitioner event hosted by the TEN group in Norwich on 10 December to gain a greater knowledge of the impact of improving employee wellbeing in the workplace.

The event, convened by Business in the Community (BITC) in partnership with Public Health, gave employers from across both the private and public sector the opportunity to hear from BITC’s Head of Business Engagement, Debbie Longhurst about the learnings from the Business Action on Public Health programme and the BITC national campaign work with partners such as CIPD and Time to Change.

The event was very informative, it was good to hear what other organisations are doing and how they are delivering wellbeing initiatives in the workplace, too. It has given me some great inspiration and new ideas

- Hilary Bright,
TEN Group

Jo Dray, BITC’s Mental Health Practitioner talked to delegates about her work with employers across the East of England and the challenges they had overcome when managing Mental Health resilience in the workplace. Presenteeism from Mental ill-health costs the UK economy some £15.1 billion per annum, that’s twice the cost of actual absence from work.

Potential solutions were shared with attendees through the breakout session allowing delegates to look at their workplace challenges around mental health and work with Jo Dray on potential solutions such as how to breakdown the stigma of mental wellbeing in the workplace and sign posting to a number of support agencies.

Commenting on the event Jo Dray, Mental Health practitioner added "Being able to share what we are doing with other organisations can only help to improve the wellbeing of employees across the region. I hope those who attended took something from the presentation that they can implement back in the workplace.” 

The wellbeing network is just one of a series of employer groups across the East of England and run around 3 times a year, with employer led workplace wellbeing themes.

To find out about the next event in your area please contact debbie.longhurst@bitc.org.uk

Click here to acess slides from the event.