Impact Host Mental Health & Wellbeing Roundtable
As part of our series of topical Roundtable discussions on
challenges and new initiatives facing the media industry, last week
and coinciding with World Mental Health day, Impact hosted a
breakfast discussion at Shoreditch House.
Taking the lead was Noa Burger, A Specialist trainer in Workplace
Wellbeing and Mental Health. Also in attendance were HR team
members from BBH, We Are Social, AllSaints, HMD, Brand Opus, Mullen
Lowe Group, Immediate Media and Browns Fashion
Our aim was to build awareness of mental health experienced in the
workplace and to share ideas and initiatives across
It was extremely eye opening to hear how many companies were
supporting their employees and how passionately they were taking
action to break the stigma and create an awareness across the media
and creative landscape.
A couple of key points to highlight include the concern around
employee's relationship with technology - both in terms of never
switching off from work and the impact of extensive personal use.
We also discussed the need to professionally train managers in
spotting the signs and have the confidence to support people e.g.
Mental Health Fist Aid.
It was great to hear that there are many Resources available
including 'Mental Health First Aid training', 'Time to Pledge'-
which is a public commitment to do more on mental health at work-
currently focused on the 'ask twice' campaign, encouraging people
to ask twice whether someone is alright and 'Mental Health at Work'
gateway which is a new portal with a wealth of tools, resources,
guidance on mental health in the workplace.
A big thanks to our attendees … everyone was fully engaged and it
was a very informative session. Overall, we were all able to take
something away from the event and no doubt there will be a follow
up session as we continue to be an advocate for Mental
"Can I just say that the event was SO useful and really insightful
hearing other HR Managers talk about their challenges and ideas.
I've done a few things here this morning for Mental Health
Awareness day which have been really well received!" Lucy Scott,