Taking care of mental wellbeing can have positive effects on both health and productivity.
On World Mental Health Day 10 October 2018, Kent Police, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Kent County Council are joining forces to invite businesses to a conference looking at mental health in the workplace.
FSB Kent area leader Deborah Turner says: “With one in four of us expected to suffer some form of mental illness, we want to encourage the conversation about wellbeing amongst Kent’s 140,000 small businesses. Business owners present with all the same issues and illnesses as the rest of the population but the difference is that we may have less time to deal with them, which in turn means things can quickly escalate. It can be those who seem to be the most robust or who are putting on the best front that actually need the most support. This conference will show where and how we can get that help and support.”
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott says: “Mental health and wellbeing is everyone’s business and I’m really pleased to be working with Kent and Medway’s small businesses to improve the support we offer, and raise awareness of the help that is available. There are many issues we need to address, such as stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and other conditions and it is good to be able to come together to listen and learn.”
Kent County Council’s public health consultant Jess Mookherjee said: “Given Kent’s higher than average rates of suicide, we want to work extensively with partners across the county to tackle and improve mental wellbeing, and workplaces and employers are important as each life lost is a tragedy. We welcome this opportunity to work with Kent’s businesses by enabling them to find and use the tools available to keep their staff safe and healthy. This event will showcase the huge range of services available in Kent and our role in keeping workers in small businesses healthy.”
The programme includes advice and guidance on managing mental health in the workplace, as well as three guest speakers who will talk about their personal experiences of mental illness and how it affected their working lives.
Business owners, managers and directors are invited to attend the free conference on 10 October 2018 at County Hall, Maidstone from 8.30am to 1pm.
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Pictured: Matthew Scott