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Mind Your Business in Newry


AMH New Horizons Newry hosted an employment conference as part of their week of events to mark World Mental Health Day 2014.

“Mind Your Business” in the Canal Court Hotel (8th October) provided managers and business owners with guidance on how to support their staff’s mental wellbeing, as well as providing an overview of the law surrounding these issues.

Guest speakers from a range of partner and expert organisations came together to help local employers better manage mental health to improve employee welfare, corporate responsibility and productivity.

Tanya Kennedy from Business in the Community opened the conference by highlighting that corporate responsibility is good business. Employers can achieve this by creating time and space to talk to employees and show a genuine interest in them.

Dr Maggie McGurgan from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland reaffirmed the fact that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body, that there is no health without mental health. Employers were reminded of discrimination links – we don’t tolerate casual racism/sexism yet derogatory terms are still used about mental health.

The Law Centre NI’s Daire Murphy gave an overview of mental health and employment law while Barbara Cullen of the Labour Relations Agency explained how their organisation can assist employers with issues and questions.

The Labour Relations Agency also gave positive feedback on their work with Action Mental Health’s employer training arm AMH Works, particularly around the reduction in stress-related absence rates.

Dwyer Gorman of local employer Allstate NI also talked about the benefits they had seen since engaging with AMH Works’ services and shared the positive outcomes for one employee, who was able to return to work with the support of an AMG Employment Support Officer through the government funded Workable programme.

Final guest speaker, Janet Heath of the Housing Executive NI, gave guidance on managing work related stress and how to prevent “psychological hazards” in the workplace.

AMH thanks all their guest speakers for sharing advice and experiences on this important issue.

You can contact AMH Works for more information on the support available for employers here.

Conference presentations can be downloaded below.

Dr Maggie McGurgan PowerPoint

Daire Murphy Presentation

Dwyer Gorman Presentation

Janet Heath Presentation

Tanya Kennedy Presentation

Newry Employers “Mind Your Business”


AMH are holding an employment conference in Newry as part of their week of of events to mark World Mental Health Day.

“Mind Your Business” in the Canal Court Hotel on Wednesday 8th October will provide managers and business owners with guidance on how to support their staff’s mental wellbeing and create a culture which enables staff to remain productive, as well as providing an overview of the law surrounding these issues.

Corporate resilience is essential for businesses and services to survive and grow. To strengthen corporate resilience requires strengthening the resilience of the workforce, together with ensuring the cultural environment for the workforce clearly links the wellbeing of individuals to their performance and the performance of the organisation as a whole.

AMH’s Chief Executive David Babington explains;

“Stress and depression are at the highest levels they have ever been, and this is causing huge problems both to individual employees and the organisations they work for. Last year alone, mental health cost the Northern Ireland Economy £790 million. Mental health problems are also one of the largest contributing factors to long term absenteeism. Many individuals and organisations are facing uncertainty, job cuts and a period of great change, and against this background, keeping people engaged and performing well, can seem like an uphill battle.”

This year key note speakers include representatives of HSENI, The Law Centre, The Labour Relations Agency, Allstate Northern Ireland, Business in the Community, a Clinical Psychologist and Action Mental Health.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8th October 10am – 1pm at Canal Court Hotel, Newry. Places cost £30 per delegate and include lunch. Book your place online at w

www.amh.eventbrite.co.uk or call 028 9182 8494