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Acas mental health conference: navigating the changing landscape


One in six employees experience mental ill health each year. Whilst the reasons behind mental ill health are not always work related, employers need to know how to address it.

Join us and guest speakers as we introduce the new Acas framework for positive mental health at work, share experiences and discover practical ways to effectively manage and minimise the impact of mental ill health at work.

Business need

Good work is one of the ways to protect against mental ill health. And whilst many organisations provide excellent support for their staff, others are still finding a way to navigate the terrain.

This conference uses the new Acas framework and real case studies to set out simple and practical steps that you can take to promote wellbeing and productivity and minimise the impact of mental ill health within your workplace.

We are delighted to be joined by guest speakers who will be sharing both their personal and professional knowledge and experience of mental health.

Delegates attending this conference will:

  • Discover Acas’ new framework for positive mental health at work and have the opportunity to discuss with the author how to implement it within their own organisations
  • Learn how to improve productivity and staff engagement across their organisation
  • Gain increased understanding of practical ways to:
    • support employees
    • effectively manage mental ill health
    • reduce absence and presenteeism 

Suitable For

Senior managers, decision makers and team leaders; dedicated HR professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs; Trade Union representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This conference will include sessions from the following guest speakers:

Sir Brendan Barber; Acas Chair will open the conference and introduce the new Acas framework for positive mental health at work.

Abigail Hirshman; Deputy Area Director for Acas West Midlands and Mental Health Strategic Lead will provide a range of practical tools to help you effectively manage the mental wellbeing of your employees.

Head of Workplace Wellbeing at charity Mind will talk about how to embed wellbeing within the employee lifecycle.

Clarke Carlisle; former professional footballer at Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United and Burnley FC will share his experience of mental ill health. We will also hear from Clarke’s wife Carrie Carlisle on her experience of recognising the early warning signs.

Karen Powell; MD at CXCS will share her advice for managing remote workers, showcasing what worked for her young and remote workforce.

Dr Christine Grant; Coventry University will offer delegates the chance to access a new online diagnostic tool which can test the wellbeing amongst remote workers.

Giles Barker BEM; Transformation Lead at Transport for London will discuss how introducing peer-to-peer advice has helped support their employees.

Superintendent Sean Russell for West Mids Combined Authority will present a range of local initiatives which your organisation can utilise.

Venue Canalside at The Cube,   Map (opens in new window)   Date 25/09/2018    Time 09:30 - 16:00   
Price £170.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.