AMH Action Mental Health, are holding a conference on the 3rd November, in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry. The conference is aimed at local employers and will provide an introduction to mental health conditions, the impact on the workplace, dealing with distress, supporting presence of staff and managing absence.
Anxiety, depression and stress are estimated to be the cause of more working days lost than any other work-related illness. Covering absent workers adds more pressure. Sick pay reduces profits. Loss of valued and talented people costs more than money.
With the right support, people with mental health issues can and do stay in work. With the right support, you can continue to deliver your business
Increasing mental health awareness among your employees enhances the delivery of your business and the service you provide. Line managers often feel unsure about how to support colleagues who experience depression, anxiety and other mental health problems and staff interacting with customers may not know how best to deal with those who have such difficulties. Increasing awareness of mental health among your managers and staff will improve the service you provide, and demonstrate that you, as an employer, support your staff.
Speaking at the conference will be Dr Mike Smith, a mental health professional with 26 years international experience and his colleague Marion Aslan, a Director of crazydiamond mental health training and consultancy,
Rosie Smyth from AMH said, “this is a great opportunity to discuss the issues local employers face when dealing with mental health in the workplace, it is hoped they will gain some useful advice and be able to put that knowledge into practice. Events like this are also key to highlighting the prevalence of mental ill health and challenging the stigma that continues to surround it”
The event is free and is open to anyone with responsibility for staff welfare, places are limited, for more information contact [email protected]
This is event is supported by Department of Employment & Learning and The European Social Fund