19 June 2019 8:30am - 11:30am

Mental Health in the Workplace

Guildford Harbour Hotel - 3 Alexandra Terrace, Guildford, GU1 3DA

Promoting good mental health in the workplace is the theme of the forthcoming Business South HR Event, being held for the region’s HR Professionals and Business Leaders on the morning of the 19th June at the Guildford Harbour Hotel

Why attend?

- According to leading Mental Health Charities almost one on three people have experienced mental health problems while in employment.
- Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1035 per employee per year.
- 99% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason.
- 48% said they would not talk to their employer about their mental health.
- FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by an average of 10%.

What to expect?

The half-day session will include discussions with leading employers on how they are tackling the above issues in their workplaces.

Our keynote speakers are mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin OBE and Neil Laybourn who work to raise awareness and understanding of mental health with people and businesses in the UK and internationally. Jonny and Neil’s session will include their incredible story that starts with a meeting in 2008 on Waterloo Bridge when Neil spoke to Jonny, stopping Jonny from taking his own life.

Jonny Benjamin OBE

Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipola.

Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.

His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.

In 2016 Jonny launched ThinkWell, a mental health programme for schools, which has so far been into secondary schools across the UK with huge success.

In 2019 Jonny launched his new mental health charity, Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, together with Neil. Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma is a grant-giving organisation which aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers.

Neil Laybourn

Neil Laybourn, founder of This Can Happen, never imagined that a chance meeting on Waterloo Bridge in London would change the course of his life. Ten years ago Neil walked past Jonny, sitting by the bridge, contemplating taking his own life. He stopped to talk to him and persuaded him to take a step back. The pair went their separate ways and 6 years later, a after a high profile social media search, dubbed the #FindMike campaign, which became a global news campaign that reached over 300 million people around the world, Jonny found the stranger who saved his life.

The pair has spent the last 4 years helping organisations from schools and universities to large corporates in the UK to eradicate the stigma of mental health and offer real support to workers facing challenges.

After meeting Jonny he became an ambassador for the national mental health charities Rethink Mental Illness and Mental Health UK, helping them address mental health and suicide prevention awareness.

In 2014 Neil was recognised with a Pride of Britain award for his part in the #FindMike campaign and the following year Channel 4 told their amazing story in the award-winning Stranger on the Bridge documentary.

Most recently Neil co-founded the charity Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma to raise funds for preventative mental health and young people’s mental health solutions and in July he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bristol University for work in mental health campaigning and advocacy work, alongside Jonny.

As we anticipate strong demand for this event and the tickets will sell out very quickly so we would encourage you to book early to avoid dissapointment.

Ticket prices:

Champion Ticket Price: £Free of Charge
Non-Champion Ticket Price: £Free of Charge *

*Payable by credit card at the time of booking.

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