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 industries.
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 Health.
“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, BrandOpus