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50 organisations represented at our latest wellbeing event

We welcomed more than 70 professionals to our fully booked Business Breakfast on Tuesday 28 November.
- 1st December 2023
A large group of people are sitting at different tables in a conference room. They are holding up large Emotional Needs & Resources cards.

Representatives from 50 local, national and international organisations highlighted their commitment to supporting and improving mental health at our networking event on Tuesday 28 November.

We welcomed more than 70 professionals to our fully booked Business Breakfast at All Saints Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, hosted in partnership with Ellisons Solicitors and Beckett Investment Management Group.

An attendee of a business networking event takes a look at one of the 'Quick Tips' flyers highlighting the Emotional Need for Food & Drink.

An attendee reading our Quick Tips to help meet Emotional Needs

Together, we shared approaches to creating, practicing, and maintaining good workplace wellbeing – with engagement and insights from a range of sectors, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Legal
  • Financial
  • VCSE
  • Arts and Entertainment

Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind – our parent organisation – says: “Supporting our mental health is a crucial part of our lives, and our workplaces can play a big part in that.

“As we spend much of our time working, it’s essential that companies help their teams meet their physical and emotional needs.

“The huge number of attendees across numerous industries shows companies are serious about mental health.”

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Julian Outen from Ellisons Solicitors

The morning included guidance from Julian Outen, Partner and Head of Employment at Ellisons Solicitors, on the legal responsibilities around workplace wellbeing. Later, Jon presented our interactive Introduction to The Mental Health Toolkit session, to give attendees a taster of our approach to mental health training.

Ian White, CEO of Beckett’s, chaired the event. He also highlighted how his company has committed to workplace wellbeing through incorporating The Essentials into their induction process.

Ian has previously said of this half-day workshop: “[The Essentials] ensures that everyone begins to understand their own mental health and creates a common language amongst the team.

“I believe it is an important foundation of creating an open culture within the organisation.”

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Ian White from Beckett Investment Management Group

Jon adds: “Employers have a duty to ensure their teams are supported, and through our training they can access the skills and knowledge to do just that.

“There are also business benefits to having a team who are meeting their needs. For example, people with good mental health will often be more productive.

“Not only that, but a supportive environment can also lead to improved staff retainment.”

That’s where we come in.

The Mental Health Toolkit provides practical mental health training for organisations and individuals across the UK, helping people to support their wellbeing both at work and at home.

Explore the Toolkit to find out more about the training we offer.

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