28th October 2021 / 10:00-16:00
2nd December 2021 / 10:00-16:00
Information about these workshops
Absence from work resulting from mental ill health is the most common cause of long-term sickness absence in the UK. According to the Independent, workers in the UK will spend 3,507 days at work over their lifetime. Although there are positive benefits of good work on health and wellbeing, for some people work can impact negatively on their wellbeing with work related stress, anxiety and depression, accounting for 44% of work-related ill-health and 54% of lost working days.
This series of two workshops will give an overview of mental health and work, particularly in the context of COVID-19. The workshops aim to develop an awareness and understanding of the impact of work on mental health and wellbeing and will consider ways that employers can promote mental health awareness in the workplace.
Information about the facilitator
Professor Anne Harriss is Emeritus Professor, London South Bank University, became President of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) in June 2020 and commenced her year as Immediate Past President in June 2021. She has significant experience in occupational health education, latterly as Course Director for Occupational Health Nursing and Workplace Health Management programmes at London South Bank University.
Anne has contributed to the development of public/occupational health initiatives nationally and internationally as a result of projects in New Zealand, Slovakia and South Africa. She was lead adviser for the recent SOM (2020) systematic review titled The Mental Health of Nurses and Midwives in the United Kingdom. She has a particular interest in promoting mental health in the workplace and has delivered training to managers and others in organisations as diverse as the military, NHS, universities and third sector organisations. She has been integral to the development of a number of SOM COVID-19 resources which support health professionals and employers.
We recommend that delegates attend the Introductory workshop before the Advanced workshop, however this is not compulsory - Delegates are welcome to register for either of the workshops or both.