In light of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Workspace partnered with Shine Workplace Wellbeing (and Start-Ups Magazine) to bring you a week long series of webinars, designed to engage, inspire and give our mental health a welcome boost in these challenging times.

We closed the week with a lively panel discussion on mental health in the workplace. Catch up below if you missed it: 

The panel of respected names in the employee wellbeing space shared their thoughts on the current state of mental health awareness in the workplace. What can businesses do to eradicate any stigma around mental ill-health? What approaches have worked in businesses so far? How effective is Mental Health First Aid training on a corporate level? What should companies be considering around mental health and wellbeing in light Covid-19’s impact? These are just some of the questions the panel answered.

The Panel

Rimmi Shah
Rimmi is a Partner and Director advising senior teams and boards on corporate communications, public policy and strategic stakeholder engagement. Her client experience includes Hargreaves Lansdown, The Phoenix Group, Propertymark, The Property Ombudsman, The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and Simplyhealth. Rimmi is on the PRCA’s Board of Management and is an Advisory Board member of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

Anna Flockett 
Startups Magazine Editor, Anna Flockett loves to get chatty with startups and meet new innovators & entrepreneurs driven to change their industries. She has a keen passion to learn about everyone’s story and how startups are doing on their journey  

Martin Roberts
Martin is the Mental Health Lead, Lloyds Banking Group, Group Transformation Division who, having suffered first-hand mental illness in 2017/2018, now plays a role where through lived personal experience where he can share with colleagues and external organisations not just his own personal journey, but more importantly that 'it's okay not to be okay' 

Laura Edralin
Laura co-founded the UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective to reduce the stigma around mental health and improve wellbeing practices across the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. She is also a calligraphy artist and illustrator focussing on themes of kindness and happiness in her work. Mum to two boys, living in London.  

About Shine Workplace Wellbeing
Offering an independent perspective and fresh approach to employee wellbeing – from one-off initiatives to longer term consultancy services - we design and deliver tailored wellbeing programs that help employees flourish, promoting positive workplaces.