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Two training sessions are being held to help businesses in Hull promote and protect the mental health of their employees.

As part of the Working Voices initiative NHS Hull CCG is pleased to offer an opportunity for local businesses to attend a health seminar which aims to provide key information and useful contacts in support of workforce emotional well-being.

Recent government statistics have shown that roughly 500,000 workers suffered with work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17, leading to a loss of around 12 million working days.

The CCG has listened to the needs of businesses and has arranged two identical sessions at times and in a format to fit with the demands of business.   Both seminars offer the same content but at different times of the working day.

  • Tuesday 5th June, 8am – 9.30am
    The Studio, Sewells, Geneva Way, Hull HU7 0DG
  • Wednesday 13th June, 5pm – 6.30pm
    University of Hull, Allam Medical Building, HU6 7RX

The aim of these seminars is to provide local businesses with a range of information & connections around the topic of emotional well-being.  There will be six key-note speakers offering short presentations on a range of topics including:

  • Perinatal Mental Health awareness for Mums & Dads – find out about the importance of this aspect of mental health and local services available to support parents.
    Speaker:  Rebecca Price – Practice Development Lead 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service
  • Emotional wellbeing – top tips.  What is mental health, how to achieve optimum wellbeing and what to do if things begin to dip.
    Speaker:  Jo Sherriff – Team Leader, HEY MIND
  • Mindful Employer – Learn more about how to become a Mindful Employer.
    Speaker:  Rachel Forsey – Senior Employment Advisor, Emotional Wellbeing Service (NHS Humber)
  • Social Prescribing – Find out about this new service which links patients to non-clinical community services & voluntary groups to support health and wellbeing.
    Speaker:  Phil Wray – Operations Manager, Connect Well Hull
  • Improving mental health with exercise – Find out how 1-1 support to get people active is impacting on improved mental health for men and women in communities across Hull & East Yorkshire.
    Speakers:  Nicola Green, Clinical Psychologist/Bridget Horner, Co-ordinator –  Fitmums & Friends In the Pink Scheme
  • Suicide Prevention – Hear about an example of a community group that offers mental well-being support to men and is making inroads to improved mental health particularly around suicide prevention.
    Speaker:  John Hilton – Director, Pulse Rate Group

There will also be manned displays to give businesses maximum exposure to some key means of support for their workforce.

Sam Barlow, the engagement manager for business and local workforce at NHS Hull CCG, said:

“The Working Voices project has grown from strength to strength since it began a little over 18 months ago. We now work closely with 22 businesses, reaching out to nearly 20,000 staff members.

“One thing that employers are always asking about is how they can protect and nurture the mental health of their workforce. With this in mind we’ve put together a panel of local experts who will be sharing their knowledge.”

Working Voices is a free NHS programme which aims to reach people at work so that employees can have their say about local health services and also benefit from better links between employers and the NHS to support access to health and lifestyle services.  For more details see HERE or contact Sam Barlow

Business can sign up to this completely free event by booking online here:

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