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DMH Stallard’s Strategic Employment Conference 2018

26 Mar 2018


Wednesday 2nd May 2018


The Grange St Paul’s Hotel

10 Godliman Street

London, EC4V 5AJ



This conference will assist employers in exploring the issue of mental health at work and help them to develop, implement and refine a fresh approach within their own organisation.

Supporting those with mental health is a hot topic, not least in the workplace. Most employers will be aware that 25 percent of employees are likely to suffer from mental health issues at some point in their working life. Research suggests a positive return of between 150% to 900% for money invested in this area. But how should employers go about planning for and implementing an organisation-led change? In this session we will look at some of the difficulties and obstacles faced by employers and identify some positive steps and actions that can be taken to achieve a sustainable programme of change in this area.

With our panel of expert industry speakers, this conference gives HR professionals and others interested in and committed to improving emotional wellbeing in the workplace a useful insight into key areas of mental health and implementing successful strategies in your organisation.


Session 1: Introduction

Simon Bellm will start the conference with an overview of key themes to consider including::

  • The particular difficulties that mental health issues give rise to in the workplace
  • The economic and commercial implications  of those difficulties to the employer
  • Key recommendations from Stevenson/Farmer review and ACAS guidance


Session 2: Unconscious bias

Luise Usiskin will focus this session on::

  • Attitudes towards mental health issues
  • Taking a positive approach


Session 3: Implementing a policy/approach in your organisation

In this session, Sarah Restall will talk us through a number of factors to take into account when looking to bring in a mental wellbeing policy:

  • Introducing a fresh approach to mental health issues in your organisation
  • Implementing a policy and taking account of the perspectives of the different stakeholders
  • Some of the barriers/solutions/steps to take, including looking at what works and how to measure progress 


Session 4: Common clinical themes in mental health in the workplace

Dr Michael Isaac will share his thoughts gained from 30 years of work in this area, including:

  • How to spot problematic cases early
  • Applying disability legislation in the context of mental health
  • How and when to seek medical advice: some do’s and don’ts 


Session 5: Case Study

A case study by Darea Flanagan, Health and Wellbeing Manager at E.ON UK, looking at how that organisation has successfully implemented a fresh approach to mental health and its impact, drawing on their experiences and sharing innovative and practical ideas to generate engagement


09.30    Arrival & registration

10.00    Introduction - Simon Bellm

10.30    Unconscious bias - Luise Usiskin

11.10    Refreshments break

11.30   Implementing a policy/approach in your organisation - Sarah Restall

12.20    Lunch

13.30    Common clinical themes in mental health in the workplace - Dr Michael Isaac

14.10    E.ON Case Study - Darea Flanagan

15.00    Questions and event close



£120 +VAT per person standard rate

£95 + VAT per delegate for existing clients of DMH Stallard’s Employment Team or if you book two or more places at the same time


Discounts and cancellation policy:

Client Discount

A 25% discount will be applied to any client of our Employment Team. Any organisation that instructs DMH Stallard’s Employment Team for the first time within 3 months of the date of their attendance at this event will receive a refund equivalent to the relevant client discount.

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to cancel a conference or workshop for any reason without any liability to you other than to offer you a place at an alternative event or a refund. In the event of a cancellation by a delegate, we reserve the right to charge the following cancellation fee: More than 30 days notice: Nil; 14-30 days: 50 % of the delegate fee; Less than 14 days: 100% of the delegate fee



To register to attend this conference, please email marketing@dmhstallard.com

Contact us:

Should you have any questions or require any further information, please contact our Events Executive, Stephanie Brownings.



Speaker bios:

Simon Bellm - Simon is a Partner in the Employment team at DMH Stallard.  He has a particular interest in actively promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Simon is known for his ability to deliver pragmatic, commercially sound advice to organisations in both the public and private sectors with a particular specialism in supporting clients through complex employee relations and structural change issues. .

Luise Usiskin - Luise has a range of equality and diversity experience gained through her work with Stonewall and Challenge Consultancy. She speaks at conferences and forums on a range of diversity and inclusion issues such as unconscious bias, diverse recruitment and inclusive leadership. Luise has designed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership and Unconscious Bias training courses for Challenge and delivered training to organisations within the private, public and charity sectors.

As a trainer and consultant she has worked with over 200 organisations including universities, police services, private companies, third sector and public sector institutions.

Sarah Restall - Sarah is the Employer Engagement Manager in the Time To Change Team at Mind. She works with employers to tackle stigma and discrimination against mental health problems in the workplace and assists employers across all sectors with developing plans to drive activity, offering expert advice, coaching and support. Sarah works with teams across Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and contributes to external forums such as working with Disability Rights UK and The Work Foundation.

As well as writing and developing tools for employers to practically apply in their workplace to assist with anti-stigma activity, influencing policy change and implementing mental health training, Sarah delivers presentations and training sessions across England.

Dr Michael Isaac – Dr Isaac is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Hon Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the South London & Maudsley Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry in the University of London. His specialist areas include stress and stress response syndromes (especially post-traumatic stress disorder) and mood disorders (especially depression). He has extensive medico-legal experience of psychiatric injury in the context of  employment, housing and discrimination matters, and is a practising member of the Academy of Experts and is qualified in ADR.

Darea Flanagan - Darea works at E.ON UK as part of a multi-disciplinary in-house Occupational Health Team and has responsibility for wellbeing in the UK.  She has responsibility for physical and mental health and manages a small team who deliver strategic wellbeing policy documents, manage external partners and develop in-house training packages and health promotion activities to engage and encourage E.ON staff to proactively manage their own health.


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