Mental Health & Workplace Seminar

In support of our #MentalHealthUnited campaign, IBI Group and Mates in Mind are excited to be hosting an exclusive seminar:

Mental Health and the Evolving Workplace
Friday 13 September | 12:00—14:00
Shoreditch, London

Sponsored by acoustic specialists Ecophon, this informative lunchtime seminar will provide insight, knowledge and practical advice on mental health awareness and support, researching and creating spaces for positive mental wellbeing, and a forward‐look to workplace wellness best practice.

The seminar will be of particular interest to senior management focused on workplace mental wellbeing from an employee, design or policy perspective. A light lunch is also included.

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Following the seminar, there will be the opportunity to continue networking at the IBI Group Construction Cup and cheer on teams from across the industry.

Spaces are strictly limited. If you would like more information about the event, please contact Katie Bryant

Sponsored by Ecophon

The speakers and programme include:

12:00 ‐ 12:20 Networking & Light Lunch
12:20 ‐ 12:30 Welcome & Introduction
12:30 ‐ 12:40 Kirk Robinson
Mace Group
Associate Director, Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Kirk has been a Health, Safety and Wellbeing professional since 2000 with 44 years construction industry experience, previously construction manager with various sectors including rail, commercial, public realm, health, and residential. He has a special interest in lifting and plant operations and took on the role as mental health supporter and Mental Health First Aider.

‘Teenage mental health and &ldsquo;Presenteeism Support’
• Personal background – how did I get here (potted history of my career);
• Daughter’s background – from a happy kid to one struck by mental illness;
• Dealing with an eating disorder from dads’ perspective – how did I let this happen to my best friend?
• Support at work from line manager and above – how ‘presenteeism’ feels and affects colleagues;
• Aftermath – where next?
12:40 ‐ 12:50 James Rudoni
Mates in Mind
Managing Director
James Rudoni is the Managing Director at industry charity Mates in Mind. Mates in Mind, launched in 2017, supports organisations across the UK to improve their workplace’s mental health. They do this by providing employers with the clarity and confidence on how to raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma that surrounds mental health. Importantly, Mates in Mind are enabling individuals to understand how, when and where they can get the support they may need. 
James has a 30‐year track record in charity, healthcare and commercial sectors. Prior to leading Mates in Mind, he was Director of RBLI Living, Royal British Legion Industries leading support for some of the hardest to help veterans (including those with PTSD, depression and complex health issues), current service personnel and their families

Taking a ‘Whole Organisation’ Approach to Mental Health
• Workplace cultures and mental health
• Exploring the cost of mental ill‐health and its impact on UK industries
• What does positive and poor mental health look like?
• The importance of starting the conversation about mental health
• The positive impacts of a whole‐organisation approach to mental health
12:50 ‐ 13:00 David White
Galliford Try
Assurance Director, Construction & Investments
David performs the role of Assurance Director for Galliford Try Construction and Investments and is accountable for directing the effective provision of Health, Safety, Sustainability, Environment, Wellbeing and Quality support services to the business. David was named Individual Champion for Large Organisations at the 2019 Mates in Mind Impact Awards for his passion and commitment to delivering our wellbeing programme, ‘Be Well’ which has previously won ‘Most Inspiring Mental Health Initiative’ at the Inspire Awards and ‘Best Mental Health Strategy’ at the Employee Benefit Awards.

Promoting Wellbeing in the Workplace
• Overcoming barriers and getting started
• The subtle art of not re‐inventing the wheel
• Focusing on people, not process
• Learn from your mistakes
• Dinosaur hunting
13:00 ‐ 13:15 Paige Hodsman
Ecophon Saint-Gobain
Workplace Specialist
Paige is the Concept Developer for Offices in the UK and Ireland for Saint‐Gobain Ecophon. She has co‐authored the Acoustics chapter in the book Ergonomic Workplace Design for Health Wellness and Productivity, by Alan Hedge and has written extensively on the subject of psychoacoustics in the context of office workers’ responses to sound stimulus, including literature reviews and research papers: Planning for Psychoacoustics: A Psychological Approach to Resolving Office Noise Distraction, with Dr. Nigel Oseland and Physiological Factors in Office Acoustic Design — a Sensory Processing Approach with Tania Barney. Working in the field of office design since 1997, she has been interviewed on BBC radio, presents internationally and writes for magazines and professional publications on the subject of office acoustics for human health, well‐being and performance.

Psychoacoustics and the Workplace
Paige will take a fascinating look into the evolution of human hearing, how we perceive sound in the office and how this affects us both psychologically and physiologically. The presentation will include an acoustic biophilic perspective and how sound can affect our overall health and well‐being.
• A brief history of the evolution of the human ear.
• Office design, trends and philosophies
• Creating a good experience ‐ biophilia
• Our senses and inclusive design
• How sound affects office workers, inclusive design
• Practical acoustic solutions
• Images and Close
13:15 ‐ 13:30 Wendy de Silva
IBI Group
Architect & Mental Health Lead
Wendy is an award winning architect and the Mental Health Lead for the design and technology practice, IBI Group. She has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practice in the delivery of mental health and is passionate about wellbeing in the community. For many years she was also a carer for a family member with a long‐term mental health condition. She is also very interested in evidence‐based design and the roll out of digital technology and its potential to empower people to manage mental health and to promote wellbeing.

Working With Emotions
• An evidence‐based approach – the importance of understanding emotions
• How we use emotions to influence the way we design spaces and workplaces
• Exploring alternative workplaces and their impact on wellbeing
• The Construction Site and its role in the holistic approach to mental health
13:30 ‐ 13:40 Speaker TBC TBC
13:40 ‐ 13:50 Q&A and Close
13:50 ‐ 14:00 Networking followed by the Construction Cup Charity Football Tournament