Ipswich business leaders are counting the cost of poor mental health in the workplace, tackling the root cause at an all-day conference in March.
The Mental Health Summit is to held on March 30 – organised by Suffolk Libraries’ new HIVE network, in partnership with Suffolk Mind – at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building.
The conference aims to help companies understand the costs of poor mental health and stress in the workplace.
It also shows positive action that can lead to addressing key issue related to employees and employers.
A 2017 government-commissioned report by Deloitte estimated that poor mental health in the workplace costs employers between £33bn and £42bn every year. Although workplace absence has fallen in recent years, the proportion of days lost due to mental health issues has risen.
But research has also found that the return on investment of workplace mental health interventions can make a big difference when it comes to tackling the issue and uplifting the wellness of the workplace.
Advisers to the programme include former Ipswich Football Club chairman David Sheepshanks, who is business and life coach for Vistage Group, Doug Field, chief executive of East of England Co-op and chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind.