East Sussex businesses are invited to a mental health conference this October. The conference will help employers better understand mental health and learn how to support employees’ mental health at work.

The statistics around mental health are staggering with three out of every five employees experiencing mental health issues because of work. According to the Mental Health Foundation, in 2017/18 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days. This has an associated cost to employers of up to £1,560 per year, per employee.

With that in mind it is time all employers were better equipped to recognise and support employees experiencing a mental health problem.

This Mental Health at Work conference aims to help employers better understand mental health and the impact it can have at work.

Every year 300,000 people leave the work place because of a mental health problem. While only 13% of the UK workforce feel able to disclose a mental health issue to their line manager.

By attending the conference, you can find out how to:

  • tackle the stigma of poor mental health at work
  • support your employees to thrive
  • spot the early warning signs of poor mental health
  • support staff affected by poor mental health, and
  • get further support around mental health at work.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life – act now to support your workforce.

The conference will take place on Wednesday 16 October, 9am to 2.30pm in the Welcome Room at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre.

Spaces are limited, book yours for free now.

Who should attend?

Business owners, senior leaders, HR or occupational health professionals and workplace champions from East Sussex businesses are all welcome.

This conference is being arranged by East Sussex County Council with partners MIND in Brighton & Hove, Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex, Federation of Small Business, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Southdown.