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Specialist discussion highlights mental health at work

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Pictured left to right: Eugene Farell of AXA PPP Healthcare, Stephanie Love of Moneypenny and Jake Mills of Chasing the Stigma.

DTM Legal and Hays Recruitment recently joined forces at Hays Liverpool, presenting a panel of experts who led a discussion on mental health in the workplace.

Panellists at the event, which attracted 45 attendees from Liverpool’s business community, included Stephanie Love, wellbeing manager at Moneypenny, Jake Mills of digital charity Chasing the Stigma and Eugene Farrell, mental health lead at AXA PPP Healthcare.

The panel discussed topics such as how to manage workplace stress, tactics to implement and successful case studies.

Jake Mills, CEO of Chasing the Stigma, commented: “Mental health within the workplace is an often challenging and complex issue but it is absolutely vital that we take that challenge head-on. We have to be creating true environments of understanding within the workplace and making mental health part of the everyday.

“Events like this one, led by DTM Legal and Hays Recruitment, are a great example of how we can and should be working together, to share experiences for best practice. By working together, we can make a difference”

Stephanie Love, wellbeing manager at Moneypenny said: “We appreciate that the work environment can play a huge factor in workplace mental health issues; this is why we have adopted successful strategies to combat this. It’s important to remember that you can’t do it all overnight – but starting the journey is key.”

People with mental health issues say that the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

Tom Evans, head of employment at DTM Legal, which is also championing mental health by supporting MIND as its charity of the year, commented: “The stigma associated with mental illness can be divided into two types: social stigma, which involves the prejudiced attitudes that others have around mental illness; and self-perceived stigma, which involves an internalised stigma that the person with the mental health condition suffers from. Both are very real and employers need to work with employees to combat these issues to create a healthy and successful workforce.”

DTM Legal is planning more events to raise awareness of the importance of mental health, including a free interactive seminar on 3 July 2019: Mental Health: Managing the Discrimination Risks, taking place at EA Technology in Capenhurst.