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12 Jun 2019
Supporting mental health in the workplace

Join us at our unique workshop to address the pressing issue of mental health. A supportive environment for mental wellbeing is critical both for employee happiness and the success of the business. Yet many organisations are still struggling to put in place effective mental health policies in the workplace. According to a survey of workplace stress from mental health charity Mind, more than one in five respondents said they had called in sick to avoid work. Most stark of all, 42% had considered resigning over the issue. Despite this, the survey demonstrated that capabilities to support staff wellbeing at work is not keeping up: 56% of employers responded that they would like to do more "but don't feel they have the right training or guidance".

Attendees will hear from a range of speakers about their ideas and insights about how to best support colleagues mental health in the workplace. Alongside the speakers, you will have time to network with peers from a range of organisations and share your own experiences. We are proud to be partnering this workshop with London Tech Week this year.

The venue is the Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington in the Conservatory suite. View here on Google Maps.

Why attend?
  • Hear more about the role of the mental health first aider and mental health ambassador within one member organisation
  • Learn how you can use coaching as a skill to help colleagues overcome career anxiety and stress
  • Understand more about the mental health symptoms of the menopause, to be able to support and educate others
  • Take away a clear plan of how you can directly contribute to your employees' wellbeing, whether through your managerial style or supporting their work

Presentation descriptions
Helen Beeby | IT Customer Experience Manager & Mental Health Ambassador | Amey
Putting People First at Amey – Mental Health and Wellbeing
Helen, along with colleagues, will be covering the following: the 'Wellbeing ambassador', the 'Mental Health First Aider', events and activities (what they have done, what works well, and what they have learned). She will then finish with a few practical activities - such as stress awareness and mindfulness

Shereen Billings | Partner & Partnership IT Training & Development | John Lewis & Partners 
Supporting mental health through career coaching
Career decisions can be a significant cause of stress and anxiety, and so supporting colleagues in this area can be really beneficial to their mental wellbeing. Shereen will be sharing her insights into, and personal experiences of career coaching that supports mental health. The session will focus on the benefits organisations can yield from implementing new, or enhancing existing coaching programmes.

Debbie Hayman | FIS Individuals and Business | HM Revenue and Customs
Managing and supporting menopause in the workplace
Debbie will talk about the impact of menopause in the workplace focussing on mental health symptoms and what employers can do to support their staff and educate managers at the same time

Steve Shutts | Chairman | ASTRiiD
Facilitated discussion: Workplace strategies for supporting mental health
Steve will facilitate a group discussion session with the objective of creating a list of key considerations that supportive management should consider to contribute to their employees’ wellbeing. As a preface to this, Steve will introduce the aims of the charity he is Chairman of, ASTRiiD , and its contribution in helping people with mental health issues in their return to work.

Provisional agenda
09:30 Arrival and registration
10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:10 Group discussion: Goal setting
10:30 Presentation: Helen Beeby, Amey
11:20 Break
11:40 Presentation: Shereen Billings, John Lewis & Partners
12:25 Presentation: Debbie Hayman, HM Revenue and Customs
13:15 Lunch
14:05 Facilitated discussion: Steve Shutts, ASTRiiD
14:50 Summary
15:00 Close

Cancellation Policy

Please note: While CITF events are free to attend under member corporate subscriptions, if notice of cancellation is provided late - received after 48 hours prior to the day preceding the event (cancellation via the website will be disabled at this time) - or if no cancellation notice is received, a fee of £100 + VAT may be applied.


 12 June 2019

Summary: Supporting mental health in the workplace

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 12 June 2019

Presentation: Steve Shutts, Chairman, ASTRiID

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 12 June 2019

Presentation: Shereen Billings, Partner & Partnership IT Training & Development, John Lewis & Partners

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 12 June 2019

Presentation: Debbie Hayman, FIS Individuals & Business, HM Revenue & Customs

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Helen Beeby

IT Customer Experience Manager & Mental Health Ambassador, Amey


A highly motivated, outgoing IT Service Manager with a reputation for exceptional performance who applies a positive, “can do” attitude to deliver customer-focussed services. Helen is a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Shereen Billings

Partner & Partnership IT Training & Development, John Lewis & Partners


Shereen currently supports John Lewis Head Office IT Partners technical training and career coaching needs. Shereen attributes coaching and mentoring as a key part of her progression into the seasoned and innovative learning and development professional she is today. These support channels have encouraged her to constantly stay curious, continuously learn through experiences and consistently deliver outputs that gain leadership buy-in and sponsorship.

Debbie Hayman MBE

FIS Individuals and Business, HM Revenue and Customs


Debbie Hayman MBE is a senior leader in HMRC Fraud Investigation Service and a menopause advocate and campaigner. For the last 4 years, Debbie has been raising awareness about the impact of menopause in the workplace particularly the mental health aspects. Debbie is a regular speaker in HMRC and wider government on these matters.

Steve Shutts

Chairman, ASTRiiD, and Chief People Office, Clicksco


ASTRiiD is a charity organisation providing meaningful work for those with long-term health problems. As a champion for those in the "invisible talent pool", Steve advises organisations on how to best work with this marginalised group and bring them back into the world of work.

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