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Acas digital conference: Mental health and work in the pandemic - returning to the workplace


Join Acas and guest speakers as we explore mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic. This event will give attendees practical ways to effectively manage, support and minimise the impact of mental health in the workplace.

Business need

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the workplace, with many employees still working from home. But with the summer ahead and the vaccination programme rolling out quickly, this could be about to change. How keen are your staff to leave their homes and go back into the workplace and how will this affect their mental health? 

Experience of long-term absence has shown that the longer people are away from the workplace environment, the more difficult it is to get back into it. Covid 19 could replicate this on a much larger scale.

According to a recent Acas policy paper, “The Road to enlightenment: work and mental health in the Pandemic”, 19% of adults were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the pandemic, almost doubling the pre-pandemic figure of 10%. Research from the ONS reveals that at the start of November, with its darker evenings, 8% of adults were 'always or often lonely', representing 4.2 million people.

Delivered via Zoom, this digital conference looks at the impact the pandemic has had on our mental health and explores how businesses can prepare to support staff as they head back to the workplace.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This digital conference will include the following speaker sessions, and will incorporate and develop three character scenarios:

Carole Sayer – Senior adviser and mental health lead: Acas Yorkshire and the Humber. Insight into how COVID-19 has impacted workplace wellbeing.

Angela Han - National account manager, Able Futures: Access to Work Mental Health Support Service. Coping mechanisms and strategies to work with the new normal, whether that be flexibly, remotely, or in the workplace.

Laura Hodgson- Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager: Public Health England. The context of the pandemic and who has been most adversely affected. A demonstration of a suite of interconnected toolkits that take a whole person system approach to mental health.

Martin Smith PhD - Senior Lecturer Social Sciences: Nottingham Trent University. Compassion fatigue: a subject beyond stress management or resilience but aimed at understanding a potentially very serious and damaging condition for staff and the organisation.

Interactive Q&A panel session - supporting wellbeing in the workplace: practical options, potential stress points and alternative resources.

Venue Delivered digitally via Zoom   Map (opens in new window)   Date 29/04/2021    Time 09:30 - 13:00   
Price £110.00 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.