Wellbeing conversations are as simple as ABC (D)
One of the key recommendations from the Farmer Stevenson report “Thriving at Work” was: “Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling”.
You don’t have to be a mental health first aider, or have in depth understanding of different mental illnesses, to see someone is struggling with mental distress, to listen non judgementally and signpost them to further support.
Supporting someone is as simple as ABC (with a D for duties if you are a manager).
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Our work when we train in wellbeing conversations, is we believe to spend time honing listening skills. Our job is to recognise all the signs that someone might be struggling and not to categorise that struggle. They may indeed be struggling with a mental illness, or more likely with mental distress, with feelings of anxiety, perhaps stress and burnout – with all the things which life has thrown at them – especially during a pandemic.
Sometimes the greatest gift we can give is to #MakeTime.
Heather Beach is Founder and Managing Director of The Healthy Work Company. Heather will be speaking at the virtual Workplace Wellbeing Conference, from 1-3 June 2021. Catch her interactive workshop, ‘Wellbeing conversations for managers’, at 12:00 on Wednesday 2 June. Tickets to the conference are £120 + VAT, with 20% of the ticket price donated to conference charity partner, Mind.
Other speakers include former No. 10 director of communications and strategy Alastair Campbell; astronaut Major Tim Peake; Mind CEO Paul Farmer; Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams; award-winning campaigner Tom Dunning; HSE Principal Human Factors Specialist Phoebe Smith; and many more.
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The Workplace Wellbeing Conference is part of Safety & Health Expo and Workplace Wellbeing Show Connect 2021, your first major opportunity to come together with the rest of the occupational health, safety & wellbeing community online from 1-30 June. The month-long, online event will make it easy for you to find health and safety products & services, connect with suppliers and access thought-leadership content from your own home or workplace. Connect 2021 is free to attend.
Workplace Wellbeing Conference – Connect 2021
Taking place over three days from 1-3 June 2021, the Workplace Wellbeing Conference is part of Connect 2021, which runs online from 1-30 June.
Hear from 40 expert speakers, whose mix of achievements, experience and inspirational stories will help you deliver effective wellbeing initiatives in your business; support your colleagues; and support yourself. Expect a healthy debate in a truly interactive, online experience.
Alastair Campbell, Mental Health Campaigner and former Government Press Secretary and Director of Communications and Strategy; Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind; Major Tim Peake, CMG; Amy Williams, former Team GB skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist; Tom Dunning, Mechanical Engineer, British Sugar and TED speaker; Phoebe Smith, Principal Human Factors Specialist, HSE; Nick Wright, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Vodafone; Karen McDonnell, Policy Advisor, RoSPA; Karl Simons OBE, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Leader; Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company; Faye McGuiness, Director of Programmes, Education Support; Wendy Rose, Head of Strategic Relationships, Bupa; Tim Eldridge, Vice President, IOSH and Global Head of Health and Safety, HSBC; and more.
Tickets: £120 + VAT, with 20% donated to conference charity partner, Mind.