Mental Health & Workplace Seminar

In support of our #MentalHealthUnited campaign, IBI Group and Mates in Mind hosted an exclusive seminar, just before the Construction Cup commenced.

Sponsored by acoustic specialists Ecophon, this informative lunchtime seminar provided 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.

Event Sponsored by Ecophon

Catering sponsored by Swan Nu Living

The speakers and programme include:

12:00 ‐ 12:20 Networking & Light Lunch
12:20 ‐ 12:30 Welcome & Introduction – Tony Burley, IBI Group, Regional Director UK & Ireland
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 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 Joscelyne Shaw
Mates in Mind
Director of Strategy
Joscelyne is Director of Strategy at Mates in Mind, an industry charity striving to improve mental wellbeing in the construction sector by promoting environments of positive mental wellbeing. Prior to this, Joscelyne was an Executive Director at the British Safety Council where she was Head of Policy and held responsibility for HR, Awards and Events. Before moving to the British Safety Council, Joscelyne was a consultant providing health, safety and environmental risk communication, management and performance measurement services. Joscelyne has a MSc from Lund University, Sweden, in environmental policy and economics, and an BA (Hons) in Environmental & Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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 Christian Van Stolk
RAND Europe
Executive Vice President
Christian van Stolk is Executive Vice President at RAND Europe and Director of the Home Affairs and Social Policy research group. He has worked extensively on social and employment policies. He has a particular interest in wellbeing, mental health and the world of work. He has also undertaken reports on human capital development for the OECD, the World Bank, the European Commission and the UK government. Van Stolk holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Mental health in the workplace; the challenge, the response and outlook
• What challenge does mental health pose the world of work?
• What is the picture in the construction sector?
• What are employers doing about it?
• What is the role of government?
• Where will we be in 5 years time?
13:40 ‐ 13:50 Q&A and Close – Tony Burley, IBI Group, Regional Director UK & Ireland
13:50 ‐ 14:00 Networking followed by the Construction Cup Charity Football Tournament