Open Up – Employee Engagement and Mental Health

  • May 16, 2018 2:00 pm
  • Peakon

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Join us on the 16th of May with Breaking the Silence and Peakon for a learning and networking opportunity around mental health, dedicated to starting the conversation.

In todays workplace top businesses are recognising the importance of their employees by putting employee wellbeing first. However, a large number of businesses still overlook the importance of mental health as an integral part of their employee engagement and wellbeing schemes.

A report by the Centre for Mental Health revealed that absence due to mental health cost the UK economy £34.9 billion last year.

Additionally, the economy lost: £10.6 billion in sick leave. Data from the NHS shows that alarmingly, 31% of the 5 million people being signed off from work every year are taking time out due to mental health.

Not only does investing in mental health create a supportive workplace culture and improve employees quality of life, it also has a direct effect on business success.

It is for this reason that we are delighted to be partnering with Peakon and Breaking the Silence for an event to tackle mental health in the workplace.

Open – up will be held at Peakon‘s offices on May 16th and will bring you a learning and networking opportunity dedicated to starting the conversation.

Hear from leaders who have shared their vulnerability and see what organisations are doing to bring mental health to the forefront of the business agenda.

As part of our planning session we sat down and had a Q&A about all things mental health and discussed what we will deliver at the event. Click here to read more.

The event will run 2pm – 5.30pm followed by networking drinks and nibbles.



2.00pm Arrival and registration
2.10pm Ruth (EEA) & Victoria (Peakon) Welcome – what to expect from the day
2.15pm David Beeney – Breaking the Silence Happy 2nd Anniversary
2.30pm Jonathan Phelan – Evenhood How to Have a Mentally Healthy Conversation
3.15pm BREAK & discussion to share what they are currently doing in your organisations to support ‘Open-Up’
3.45pm George Bettany – Sanctus Mental Health & Fitness at Work
4.45pm Andrew Rodgers – HSBC  
5.30pm Networking drinks, nibbles & sharing learnings
6.30pm Close

Meet the speakers

About: Jonathan Phelan

Jonathan has held a senior leadership position in a large financial services organisation since 2004.  Alongside his leadership role, Jonathan is also an executive coach.

He gained a deep insight into the obstacles people face when they have mental wellness challenges when he went through the trauma of a child bereavement.

This combination of experience – leadership, coaching and tackling the challenges of a mental health condition – led Jonathan to form a social enterprise called Evenhood, through which he gives motivational talks, training and coaching to help people learn how to have Mentally Healthy Conversations.

Jonathan’s talk on ‘How to Have a Mentally Healthy Conversation’ will take you on a journey through his emotionally powerful and deeply personal experience of post traumatic stress disorder and depression following the death of his son, Theo.
But this is more than a personal story.  Through his talk, Jonathan will invite you to take-on the role of his boss; and ask you to provide the support he needs for his mental wellness challenges.
And on this journey, you will learn about how mental health conversations are often handled in organisations, and how this leads to people either hiding their condition, or finding themselves stigmatised and unsupported.
About: David Beeney 

David has committed the rest of his working life to reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace. He enjoyed a successful career in newspapers and magazines for over 30 years, and was General Manager of a regional daily newspaper and Commercial Director for Auto Trader. He always knew that he wanted to do something different at the latter end of his career, he just didn’t know what that would be! He now feels he has found true purpose in life and wants to make a positive difference to fellow mental health sufferers. He would also like to help employers gain a greater understanding of how they can best support their employees. He is also a qualified Mental Health Counsellor affiliated to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners).

We look at how we can create a culture of trust where managers feel confident to ask employees about their wellbeing knowing how this dramatically improves employee engagement, productivity, efficiency and results.


About: George Bettany

George is the Co-Founder of Sanctus, a company on a mission to change the perception of mental health and to put the world’s first mental health gym on the high-street. They currently work with businesses to bring Sanctus to the workplace, with brands like Red Bull, Aviva, Transferwise and many more …

George will be sharing the Sanctus story and how their own experience of mental health led them on this mission. He’ll also be leading an interactive workshop with the audience, where he’ll be covering the skills and lessons learned along the way.

The venue.

25 Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AE