9th October 2019
Mad World. Biggest. Best. Global. Event. Transforming. Mental health in the workplace.
Confirmed Roundtables at Mad World


Engaging the modern workforce: an opportunity to discuss the mind-set of work life Blend over work life balance and the impact on wellbeing and productivity

With engagement, attrition and productivity figures at an all-time low in the UK:

  • What can organisations be doing to focus on what really matters to their employees? 
  • Who are the modern workforce; what do they need and what are the benefits of adopting a work/life Blend mindset? 
  • Employees are demanding more and more to be able to bring their whole self to work. How do we help each employee achieve a work life Blend that supports their wellbeing and enables them to perform at their best? 

Anna Rasmussen, CEO and Founder - Open Blend Method
Karen Williams, CFO - Avios

Neuroscience, motivation, leadership and mental wellbeing

Lessons from neuroscience (the science which deals with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain) are increasingly being adopted in the business sector. This roundtable offers an opportunity to discuss where and how neuroscience could be applied to your own organisation.

Mia VanStraelen, Director of Human Resources - GTS Infrastructure Services, IBM
Dr Nick Taylor, CEO & Co-founder, Unmind

Line manager training and signposting: their important role to ensure recognition of the early signs of mental ill health

Line manager training and effective signposting are crucial factors in enabling managers to recognise the early signs of mental ill health and provide support.

  • Learn from Dr Shaun Davis' experience of incorporating these key elements into a strategy for supporting employee mental health
  • Attendees working towards incorporating mental health support initiatives in their organisations will also have the opportunity to raise concerns, and share experiences and best practices. 

Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability - Royal Mail Group
Pam Whelan, Director of Corporate - Simplyhealth

Creating a healthy culture: from improving mental health to peak performance

Every day we are all somewhere on a continuum ranging from mental ill-health, to feeling OK, to feeling at our absolute best. This means that we have huge variations in mental health within our workplaces:

  • How can organisations create an environment which supports people all the way along this continuum, from returning to work after absence due to mental ill-health, to maintaining good performance, to contributing at the peak of their potential?
  • How can we create a healthy culture that is inclusive, supports all of our psychological wellbeing needs and even helps people to thrive?

Caroline Brown, Associate Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Nuclear & Power - SNC-Lavalin Atkins
Emily Hutchinson, Occupational Psychologist - SNC-Lavalin Atkins


How do we make talking about mental health relevant to everybody?

Mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we all need to take care of it to be at our best, personally and professionally.

  • How do we get mental health onto everybody's agendas, even when they are well themselves?
  • How do we establish a mindset where health (physical, mental and emotional) is valued and prioritised as a key driver of workforce performance?

Alex Lane, Global Mental Health Allies Lead - Accenture

Know how to have the right conversation and when

As employees increasingly understand that it's OK not to be OK, it's key to understand how to talk about mental health in the workplace. Many are still afraid that if they offer support, they might end up making the situation worse.

  • How do you encourage openness?
  • What are the things to a say and do that will help, not hinder those seeking support?

Brendan Street, Professional Head, Emotional Wellbeing - Nuffield Health

Resilience: A “whole person” approach

Mental wellbeing is an integral part of Fujitsu’s overall approach to supporting employee wellbeing, and resilience is seen as a key part of this. But “resilience” means different things to different people.

  • How can employers find common ground around resilience, balancing employer and employee accountability for this vital element of our wellbeing at work?
  • Find out whether taking a whole person approach to resilience makes sense for your organisation.

Ian Howarth, HR Specialist - Fujitsu

Suicide: early signs and risk reduction

Suicide is not inevitable – it is preventable. While even the best employers can’t completely guarantee themselves in terms of considering suicide, there are protocols that can make a huge difference. This roundtable will put suicide into perspective and enable attendees to share ideas and understand what they can do to look out for the early signs and reduce the risk.

David Tolley, EMEA Head of Health & Safety, Citi Bank
Sarah Anderson CBE, Chief Executive - The Listening Place


Changing organisational behaviour and workplace cultures for better workplace mental health

Changing workplace cultures and organisational behaviours is easier said than done.

  • Share ideas and experiences around how to put in place a sustainable cultural change programme
  • Explore the social structures needed to support and shape an organisation's positive mental health goals.

Jonathan Gawthrop, Senior Operations Director - EMCOR UK
Jeremy Campbell, Business Development Director - EMCOR UK

A holistic approach to mental health within a wellbeing strategy

Just 3 in 10 workers feel their employer provides enough mental health support. A good strategy needs to look at all aspects of intervention and prevention; motivating employees to engage with self-care. This roundtable will provide an opportunity to share insights and inspiration on best practice approaches to achieving a holistic wellbeing strategy.

Jennie Doyle, Head of Marketing - Health Shield

An effective mental health strategy in your workplace: setting the strategic objectives

To develop a wellbeing strategy that works, employers need to understand the needs of their employees. But where to start? This roundtable will enable HR decision-makers to discuss what needs to be in place to ensure successful outcomes for both business and employee.

Damian Stancombe, Head of Workplace Health and Wealth - Barnett Waddingham
& Laura Matthews, Workplace Wellbeing Consultant - Barnett Waddingham

Managing a multigenerational workforce in a global environment: navigating the challenges

Increased digitalisation, increased communication, increased connectivity and increased flexibility should mean that “connecting people” is easier than ever before, but when we dig down that is not always what we find. Different generations have different expectations, different fears, different likes and dislikes – as do different cultures. Awareness, understanding, support for mental health challenges, illness and treatment are improving all the time. Sometimes the triggers and amplifiers are complicated and require professional support, commitment, investment - both financial and time – but sometimes little things can make a big difference.

Gareth Davies, Global Head of Health, Safety & Environment - Nokia

Powerful storytelling

Storytelling is a valuable part of an employer's strategy when it comes to changing perceptions about mental health and building a more supportive culture. Attend this roundtable to share ideas and experiences and find the right approach for your workplace.

Anthony Copping, CEO and Founder - Binumi

Wellbeing on a budget

Many organisations are starting to prioritise wellbeing, but not all have the funds to devote to it.  So how can you implement an effective wellbeing strategy, incorporating mental health, with a small, or even no budget?  Join this discussion to explore a three-strand model for wellbeing on a budget and take away some practical ideas to implement in your organisation.

Becky Thoseby, Group Head of Wellbeing - Department for Transport (DfT)
Paul Caudwell, Colleague Health & Wellbeing Manager - Co-op