According to the report “Thriving at Work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers” (UK Government, 2018), around 15% of those employed in the UK have symptoms of a mental health condition. The 2018 IP Inclusive and CIPA survey provided evidence that there is a significant need to address mental health issues in the IP professions.  More and more workplaces are encouraging discussions around mental health and trying to reduce the stigma associated with depression, anxiety and other conditions. Talking is a great first step – but employers need to act as well as encourage their staff to talk.

In this webinar we will hear from Graham McCartney of the charity Jonathan’s Voice, which works to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. Graham will use personal stories to highlight the importance of individuals becoming more aware of their own mental health and more mindful of how their colleagues might be feeling. Organisations need to put mental wellbeing on a par with physical wellbeing, and to help them do this the webinar will explore the value of training mental health “first aiders” as an initial step to minimising mental ill health in the workplace. With input from Vanessa Stainthorpe of HGF and Avril Martindale of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – both IP professionals who have undertaken the training for themselves – we will also provide personal perspectives on mental health first aid training and its impact, as well as on follow-up measures to maximise its value.

This webinar is for all IP professionals, whatever their role or their level of seniority, and for those who support them for instance in managerial or HR functions. Thanks to the generosity of CIPA, who will be hosting the webinar for us, it is free of charge to IP Inclusive supporters. You can also join one of our regional meetings to listen to the webinar with other IP professionals in your area, with a chance to network and share experiences afterwards. Again, we are hugely grateful to the organisations who have volunteered to host these meetings.

For full details visit IP Inclusive's website.