Agenda for the Mental Health Event 2021

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2020 – Agenda

THE SUMMIT FORMAT: The summit’s virtual online format is structured to maximise learning and networking with a time-efficient two- day interactive and diverse knowledge-sharing format to provide a collaborative delegate and speaker sharing opportunity. It aims to be both fun and informative – to provide the maximum networking so that presenters and attendees are given equal chance to contribute. There will be panel discussions, interviews, speed sessions, case studies and networking sessions throughout the programme to enhance the learning and ability to make personal contacts throughout. All times are British Standard Time.

Time Details (day one)
08:30am
Networking Lounge: Connect to Our Event Community Online
09:30am

Amy McKeown

Award-Winning Mental Health Specialist,

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONSULTANT

MORNING CHAIR COMMENTS: A ‘Big Bold’ Welcome: Virtual Platform Introduction
09:40am

Amy McKeown

Award-Winning Mental Health Specialist,

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONSULTANT

Sonya Wallbank

Sonya Wallbank

Director of HR & OD – UK PPE COVID 19 Clinical Health and Wellbeing Lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Department of Health and Social Care

Dr Michael Christian

Research & Clinical Effectiveness Lead – HEMS Doctor

London's Air Ambulance

Massachusetts General Hospital COVID 19

Dr Joshua Baugh MD

Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellow and Disaster Medicine Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: COVID-19 FRONTLINE HEROES

Moving Beyond The Perfect Mental Health & Wellness ‘tsunami’ – Rebuilding Wellbeing, Increasing Resilience

The world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline health care workers (HCWs) are among the most vulnerable groups at risk of mental health problems. During this session, we share perspectives from key workers from NHS to Retail and Hospitality.

  • Understanding the increased risk of acquiring trauma or stress-related disorders, depression and anxiety from those at the frontline
  • Understanding what specific support is needed for key workers and frontline staff fighting COVID
  • Examining the stigma of being closely connected with COVID: family members and society and negative social implications externally
  • Coping strategies: Warning signs and the challenge of intervening/starting a conversation with frontline heroes – what steps can you take?
10:20am

Lou Banks

Founder

Rising Vibe Ltd, Culture Consultants

The sweet potato consultancy

Adelle Shaw-Flach

Director

The Sweet Potato Consultancy

adidas

Asif Sadiq MBE

Vice President, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

adidas

Josh Krichefski

Global COO & EMEA CEO

MediaCom

PANEL DISCUSSION: REMOVING THE FEAR OF SPEAKING UP TO BETTER SUPPORT YOUR WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES

The Importance of Robust Psychological Safety (PS) as the Key to Unlocking Higher Performance

We’ve all been there – feeling snubbed, ignored, silenced, ostracized, or humiliated – or even worse – bullied or shamed? In all of its forms, fear activates the pain centre of the brain and triggers our survival self-censoring instinct – paralyzing performance and smothering innovation.  This inhibits company growth and makes mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion and other positive initiatives almost impossible to implement or succeed.  Find out how to create more psychological safety in your workplace:

  • What is psychological safety and how does it differ to wellbeing workplace initiatives
  • Examining the different phases of safety ie inclusions, learning & experimenting, contributing and challenging
  • Who should ‘own’ the responsibility for building PS: leaders, teams, HR and HSE
  • How to start, create or continue to build PS in your workplace.
11:00am

Professor Neil Greenberg

Professor of Defence Mental Health

King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King College London

Massachusetts General Hospital COVID 19

Dr Joshua Baugh MD

Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellow and Disaster Medicine Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital

Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE

Leadership and Resilience Expert, Former Elite Military Unit Commander

EGM Network

Chris Cherry

Co-Founding Trustee and Psychotherapist

You Okay, Doc?

PANEL DISCUSSION: RESILIENCE, DISASTERS & WAR ZONES

Lessons From Trauma at The Edge of life

Dating back to earliest times, mankind has experienced the psychological impact of a wide range of catastrophes, famines, floods, earthquakes, wars, and outbreaks of potentially deadly infectious diseases. Today we are still figuring out how to cope—and help others cope—with the grief, stress, and anxiety caused by biggest health challenge of our time: the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. What can we learn from those who are been at the edge of life and death:

  • PTSD: Trauma and stress-related disorders
  • Looking at first responders and frontline workers heroic efforts: mental exhaustion & PSTD
  • Depleting our reservoir of ‘adaptive energy’
  • Supporting staff in high stress working environments
  • Although well-intended how can support alone be misdirected: balancing challenge with support
  • Lessons of recovery from the maelstrom of trauma
11:40am

Lou Banks

Founder

Rising Vibe Ltd, Culture Consultants

Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald

Senior Business Partner – Mental Health

Rolls Royce plc

Professor Grobler South Africa

Professor Stoffel Grobler

Extraordinary Professor School of Health Systems and Public Health

University of Pretoria

Satveer Nijjar

Independent Self-Harm Awareness Trainer

Attention Seekers?

PANEL DISCUSSION: SPOTTING THE SIGNS OF POTENTIAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN YOUR STAFF

Pinpointing Complexities, Behaviours and How They Might Present Themselves

COVID-19 has presented a test to everyone and as a line manager it now even more important to get to know your team and understand when they may need a little extra support. Recognising some of the signs of poor mental health does not mean you should make assumptions about what mental health problems your employees may have. Instead, noticing changes in behaviour and signals can be vital to show when you should check in and start a conversation. Hear more about how to recognise how your employee is coping:

  • Spotting more subtle signs of change, distress and how to get the best help to your employee at the right time
  • Invisible working: What are the psychological effects of working from home during COVID-19?
  • The roles of gatekeepers and line managers
  • Recognising those in need of extra support whilst working remotely: Differences of benign vs urgent – and how to tell the difference
  • Helping staff to help themselves and be more self aware and self-reliant
  • Understanding different types and signs of mental health challenges: self-harm, ADHD, alcohol & drug abuse, depression and anxiety
12.15PM
Ann McCracken

Ann McCracken

Founder and Director

Ann McCracken

Lyssa Barber

Communications Lead

UBS Group AG & Founder themindbee.com

Paul Marks

Founder & CEO

Healthy Returns

PANEL DISCUSSION: COVID-19 SPOTLIGHT: RE-SKILLING AND SUPPORTING LINE MANAGERS

What are the Key Challenges for Line Managers– Now and in the Post-COVID-19 Working Environment

As the vaccine heralds hope, the questions on top-of-mind for all businesses are ‘how do we respond to and help employees to recover from COVID-19 stress and experiences during lockdown?’ One of the key ways is to support and train line managers and leaders to respond to the inevitable increasing need for mental health and wellbeing resources. This session has been designed to focus on the role of line managers as mental health champions. Topics include:

  • Resources, skills and training line managers and all MH champions – providing access to wellbeing
  • How are managers and HR professionals responding to staff working remotely
  • What will the new normal workplace look like: future predictions & harnessing existing policies and bringing new COVID-19 initiatives to the fore
  • How will Covid-19 be affecting those already experiencing mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression
  • Gaining board and senior management support
12:45
Paul Propster Nasa Space

Paul Propster

Story Architect + Sr Strategic Planner

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

STARGAZING SPOTLIGHT CASE STUDY: A JOURNEY ACROSS EMOTIONS AND BETTER MENTAL HEALTH ENGAGEMENT

Storytelling: The Value of Narrative

Gaining support for new ideas and policies is difficult – and those relating to mental health can be especially challenging. When you add to this with communicating to a diverse range of employees and stakeholders, engagement and adoption can become seen an almost impossible task. This spotlight session looks at using the process of storytelling in two parts:

  • The Science of Story, creating emotional investment, and 3 common challenges to creating clear narratives
  • Insights and Ideas for Narrative Change

This session will set out storytelling methods and approaches to help you engage with your audiences so that your message lands more effectively

13:15PM
NETWORKING Build New Relationships, Network and Peer-to-Peer Learning

Expand your network and engage in-depth learning with your peers. Take advantage of our variety of formats to further build your knowledge and networking base:

  • “Drop-in” virtual Roundtable chats (up to 15 fellow delegates)
  • Make connections with your fellow attendees
13:30 -18:30PM

Amy McKeown

Award-Winning Mental Health Specialist,

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONSULTANT

AFTERNOON CHAIRPERSON
13:30

Louisa Lawrenson

Actress and Director

Acting Out Productions

Megan Aspel profile

Megan Aspel

Director

Acting Out Productions

THEATRICAL ROLE PLAY AUDIENCE DIRECTED WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS

LIVE THEATRE DAY 1: Full Production Delivery:

ACT ONE: SETTING THE SCENE: Friction on Site
This part of the day will feature the dramatic production of a frontline construction site manager called Rob and his project manager Kate. Rob is struggling in many ways, Kate fails to pick up on Rob’s struggles and all goes horribly wrong!

ACT TWO: DELEGATE SUGGESTIONS:
Following on from Act One, our facilitator Michael will work with online delegates and the actors playing Rob and Kate, to initially speak to both characters and then to get involved creating a different outcome to the conversation by coaching Kate to approach it differently and to behave differently.

The learning outcomes from this session will be:

  • How to better identify, normalise and deal with stress and possible menta; health issues in a traditionally male-oriented environment
  • Highlight how the pandemic has brought increasing numbers and intensity of mental health issues for
    all employees people – even if they don’t realise it
  • Examine different perspectives and how stress and mental health can alienate both teams and managers
  • What you can do in your own organisation to take a more proactive stance and manage increased stress and mental health in this time of COVID-19

Our facilitated theatre group who will run through an example of poor line management: our audience will then have the chance to join a ‘role directed and facilitated’ theatre feedback this afternoon to help to find the possible solutions by directing outcomes. There is another session on day two which will break out into working groups. This session is your chance to enhance your management style and mental health understanding by powerful role play.

14:45 – 16:00PM
Puget Sound Energy

Jenny Haykin

Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager

Puget Sound Energy

BETTER HR COMMUNICATIONS & EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCES SPOTLIGHT: 3 x CASE STUDIES Improving Internal Engagement and Closer Collaboration (followed by panel discussion)

CASE STUDY ONE PROMOTING & BUILDING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
How to Progress Mental Health Awareness and Drive it Further Across the Business

  • Creating a vision for mental health at your organisation
  • What can you do to really communicate better across departments
  • Signposting and branding
  • Launching new initiatives: Top tips, tools, moments, gifts and rolling it out
  • Combining MH with existing resources: EAP, safety programmes and wellness outreach
14:45 – 16:00PM

Helen Knight

Group Health and Wellbeing Manager

VINCI Construction UK

CASE STUDY TWO: A MANAGER’S JOURNEY ACROSS THE PANDEMIC:

Rebuilding Mental Health Policies to Reflect the Changes from COVID-19

  • New parameters and reacting to shifting goals: Hitting the ground running!
  • Managing with new concerns about job security: short-term contracts, furlough and the future
  • Mental health in a predominately male industry: Stigmas, frontline working and evidence of MH
  • Getting quicker and more reactive: How to get support to those who need it quickly
  • Using the lessons from COVID to re-target mental health interventions and build new policies and strategies over the next 4 years
14:45 – 16:00PM

Mark Winterflood

Wellbeing Manager

Hastings Direct

CASE STUDY THREE: MH CHAMPIONS – WHERE TO NEXT?

Extending the Reach of Wellbeing Across the Business Through The Evolution of Mental Health Models

  • How to take the next steps to extend your mental health strategy and champions into new areas
  • How to promote and engage your whole organisation with your mental health champions and network
  • Achieving better engagement with wellbeing and mental health champions: Helping all staff to better understand the role of your nominated and volunteer MH champions
  • Setting up team-building sessions focused on mental health – promoting early detection and support
  • Signposting and directing to the appropriate help
15:45PM – 16:00PM

Amy McKeown

Award-Winning Mental Health Specialist,

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONSULTANT

Helen Knight

Group Health and Wellbeing Manager

VINCI Construction UK

Puget Sound Energy

Jenny Haykin

Integrated Leaves & Accommodations Program Manager

Puget Sound Energy

Mark Winterflood

Wellbeing Manager

Hastings Direct

PANEL DISCUSSION: WITH 3 x CASE STUDY PRESENTERS

Lessons Learnt and How to Overcome Them to Develop The Impact of Better Internal Engagement and Closer Collaboration

16:00PM

Terry Streather

Director and Head of Training

Oakwood Training

Suzie King

Talent Specialist

Marks & Spencer

Herbert Schilthuis

Global Director Health (Chief Medical Officer)

The HEINEKEN Company

Marjorie Morrison

CEO & Co-Founder

Psych Hub

PANEL SESSION: OUT OF THE SILO AND INTO MORE ACTION!

Wider Adoption of Mental Health Initiatives at Work: Moving Mental Health into the Mainstream

Now is the time to re-approach how we care for employees going forwards and to find new ways to work which prioritises good workforce mental health and emotional wellbeing. Find out how to better engage your whole organisation with a sense of individual empowerment and responsibility: Practical tips to:

  • Set up line management groups and engage all staff across the business with good mental health
  • Balance the performance vs support challenge: How can line managers ensure profitable work and respond to mental health issues from their staff
  • Creating a kinder workplace as a positive community – remotely and together
  • Extending the role of wellbeing initiatives to line managers: integration and communication
  • Better signposting both internal and external links & partnerships
16:35PM
Ann McCracken

Ann McCracken

Founder and Director

Ann McCracken

KP Snacks Wellbeing

Martin Power

Employee Health and Wellbeing Manager Occupational Health Specialist Practitioner

KP Snacks

Dr Jo Yarker

Director, Affinity Health at Work and Lead Professional Doctorate in Organizational Psychology

Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Julie Denning

Managing Director

Working To Wellbeing

PANEL SESSION: RETURNING TO WORK: RE-BALANCING PRODUCTIVITY WITH REASSURANCE AND WELLBEING PRIORITIES

Successfully Returning to A Working Environment: Beyond Furlough and Flexible Working

No industry or sector has been unaffected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Tough economic decisions and a renewed focus on productivity must be balanced against many factors for companies. This session will help you to better plan for staged return to work and discuss what principles should drive us as staff will be concerned and anxious about being in workplace again. Should we embrace virtual or remote. Find out more practical tips on how to get your staff back to work safely:

  • How are organisations changing their thinking about flexible and remote working
  • How can we still retain support for mental health and wellbeing
  • Presentism & HSE concerns: Risk assessments
  • Building engagement and a more dynamic dialogue with employees is crucial
  • The role of leaders and managers: compassion and support
17:05PM
Health and Safety Executive

Peter Kelly

Senior Psychologist The Health and Safety Executive, Insideout Leaders board 2020 Mental Health, Practice Chair EAOHP

The Health & Safety Executive

Greg Vogt

Market Development Manager & Professional Mental Health Speaker, Active Minds

PepsiCo

Graham Carrington

Specialist Solution Designer & Founder Peer2Peer Support Network

BT

Adnams

Sadie Lofthouse

Director of Culture & Performance

Adnams PLC

PANEL DISCUSSION: STIGMA BUSTING BEST PRACTICES

Reaching New Levels of Transparency Across Your Organisation: From Stigma to Open Conversations

Mental health conditions are still sometimes seen to be something unnerving, unsafe even dangerous.  We have a long way to go to move away from stigma and discrimination.  Mental health and wellbeing is not just one part of your business, tucked away in an office.  This session demonstrates how to bring mental health out into the open … and across your organisation:

  • Why still the stigma?
  • Finding out where stigma exists: Where it touches other policies, roles and departments
  • Balancing the promotion of workplace wellbeing with culture and employee engagement tactics
  • Using existing HSE, occupational health and employee benefits as a solid basis for development
  • Removing stigma and taking it to the next level
17:40PM

Pedro Vidal

Director of People and Learning

Burning Man Project

Amy McKeown

Award-Winning Mental Health Specialist,

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONSULTANT

KEYNOTE SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: BURNING MAN – FIRESIDE CHAT

From Radical Off Grid Origins to Cultural Connected Community

The Burning Man event is based on radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. Attendees, known as “Burners,” gather at a barren desert in northern Nevada and collectively construct a temporary city. Burners often wear elaborate costumes and participate in a wholly gift-based economy. The social and cultural environment of Burning Man is unique and often served as a networking hub for researchers
and thinkers in sociology, anthropology, art, economics, spirituality and many other disciplines. What can we learn from this unique community from those who work there: What are the lessons in self-expression, self-reliance and inclusion? In discussion we asked could it be possible for companies to access some of the considerable psychological benefits of the Burning Man experience within a more
formal organisation constrict?

18:10PM
Networking Virtual Happy Hour!

• Meet informally with fellow delegates & speakers
• Make connections to take away

See you tomorrow!

18:30PM
DAY ONE ENDS