Westminster Employment Forum

Mental health in the workplace - improving support for employers and employees

Morning, Monday, 20th November 2017

The British Medical Association, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP


This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve mental health support in the workplace.

It follows the publication of the independent review into mental health and employers, which found that poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion each year, and called for greater transparency among employers and for further action to improve the recognition and management of mental health conditions.

Delegates will discuss the challenges for implementing the review’s recommendations - including how to encourage employers to adopt the ‘mental health core standards’ - and the further changes that could be made by Government in this important area of employment policy. We expect sessions to examine the challenges for equipping line managers with the tools and training to best support employees and further action for tackling discrimination and stigma.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of employers and trade unions, mental health professionals and campaign groups, lawyers, members of the HR profession, occupational health providers, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

Keynote Speakers

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chairman, Debenhams, Barclays and Heads Together Campaign (Pre-recorded presentation)

Paul Farmer

Chief Executive, Mind and Chair, Review on Mental Health in the Workplace

Tabitha Jay

Director of the Joint Work and Health Unit, Department of Health and Department for Work and Pensions


Lord Low of Dalston

Marc Long

Partner, Clarke Willmott


Garry Graham

Deputy General Secretary, Prospect

Genevieve Smyth

Professional Advisor, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Tracey Ayton Harding

Head of Health and Safety, UNISON

Mark Rowland

Director of Fundraising and Communications, Mental Health Foundation

Richard Daniel Curtis

Leading Behaviour Expert and Chief Executive Officer, The Mentoring School

Rachel Suff

Public Policy Advisor, Employment Relations, CIPD

Belinda Blank

Lead Community Partner, North London District, Department for Work and Pensions

Richard Frost


Marc Long

Partner, Clarke Willmott

Dr Ruth Allen

Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers

Andy Croxford

Deputy Director, Environment Agency

Elizabeth Hampson

Director, Deloitte