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BPMA mental health seminar starts important conversation

The BPMA hosted its first regional mental health seminars at Fetcham Park in Surrey and Hotel Football in Manchester in June. The well-attended seminars focused on mental health within our industry.

Delegates learned the responsibilities of businesses, how to identify and manage mental health within the workplace, how to create a robust mental health policy and how best to support an individual who has a mental health condition. Delegates to the events heard from practicing employment law solicitor and mental health advocate Jodie Hill, as well as Dr. Sarah Hattam, a GP with more than 20 years’ experience.

The full-day events provided those who attended with a better understanding of the impact of work and non-work factors on mental health and wellbeing, as well as how to create a psychologically healthy workplace. Further takeouts included how to spot a colleague in difficulty and confidently initiate a supportive conversation, and how to identify and manage stress effectively.

Jon Birrell, BPMA CEO, said: “I was very pleased with the support for this initiative and such an important topic. The dashboard of wellbeing is something all businesses should be sharing with their staff. Thanks to all the members who participated in the days.” Debbie Willsmer from Willsmer Wagg said: “I attended the mental health seminar and found it really useful.

Working in a high-stress level industry, staff wellbeing needs to be a priority. This is a great start on creating policies, training, and understanding as a business owner what our responsibilities are.” Leah Fitch fromCyan group said: “Fantastic content given by two extremely knowledgeable individuals. It was food for thought – I’m excited to help make a difference within our industry, thanks to learning many new ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression within the workplace.”

The BPMA plans to organise more wellbeing related seminars in the future. If you have any ideas or suggestions on future topics please do get in touch.

The dashboard of wellbeing can be found in our resource center at bpma.co.uk.

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