See Change Mental Health and Employment day


Date: Wednesday 22th February 2012

Time: 8am-9.30am. Registration from 7.30am

Location: The Irish Times Office, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2

Free Event

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See Change will host a Mental Health and Employment day as part of Sigmar Recruitment’s National Employment Week 2012

Mental health and employment are undeniably important and intertwined aspects of every person’s daily life yet See Change found that almost half of Irish people would deliberately conceal a mental health problem from co-workers and that the perceived stigma would prevent a considerable portion from seeking help.

Creating a healthy workplace environment where people can be open and positive about their own and others’ mental health promotes overall organizational wellbeing, reduces absenteeism, enhances employee stress management skills and can assist employers to develop systems to support the 1 in 4 employees who may experience difficulties at a given point.

This seminar brings speakers from a multiplicity of perspectives to discuss the barriers to employment and the importance of workplace mental health strategies and to provide employers with the tools to support staff with examples from tried and tested initiatives.

The briefing will be chaired by the Director of ‘See Change’ John Saunders. There will be five speakers, which will include:

Dessie Farrell
Chief Executive Gaelic Players Association

Dil Wickremasinghe
Broadcaster, Journalist & Social Entrepreneur
Approaching the issue from a HR and equality focused perspective

June Shannon
Journalist, Irish Medical Independent & See Change Ambassador,
A personal story of experience

Natalie Hodgess
Vodafone Ireland Foundation Officer
A corporate example of promoting mental health wellness in the workplace, and supporting innovative initiatives in suicide prevention and mental health awareness in the community.

Kara McGann, IBEC
Kara is a Policy Executive with IBEC.
-Line Manager’s Guide for Mental Health in the Workplace

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