Book A Mental Health Speaker for Time to Talk Day

Rob Newton 12 January 2021

Staying safe and protecting the mental health and wellbeing of your workforce has never been more important. By using a day like Time To Talk Day, which takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021, it provides a unique opportunity to book a mental health keynote speaker  to share their story and open up the conversation.

Much has been written about how the pandemic has affected all of us individually. There have been media reports attributing the effects of the pandemic to a rise in mental health related illnesses. But what’s important to remember is mental health is a hidden illness, with many myths still to bust and stigmas to dissolve.

We recently organised a virtual masterclass “Managing Our Mental Health This Winter”, where one of our speakers, Jonny Jacobs , discussed the Return On Investment that businesses can receive when they invest into their employees mental health.

This short clip perfectly encapsulates for us why using a day like Time To Talk Day has the power to make a big difference. Jonny goes onto describe the psychological safety employees need to protect their mental health, and indeed allow them to perform at their best.

While speakers like Jonny open up the conversation around mental health, it’s crucial we equip our teams with tools to help them recognise when they are stressed or more anxious than normal, and how to bring those levels down.

We think this is especially important as we continue to work in isolation. Cabin fever, a sense of loneliness, working longer hours than usual or simply the fears about the pandemic on our loved ones, can become amplified without coping mechanisms or people to talk to. While we might be able to share a moment by the water cooler in our office, or perhaps one of our colleagues will ask us how we are, the opportunities to talk about our feelings are severely reduced at this moment.

In the two virtual events we’ve organised discussing the subject of mental health since the pandemic began, we’ve heard from Dr Linda Papadopulous  and Dr Sabina Brennan , two expert speakers, who helped us understand why we’re feeling the way we do and provided a few tips and strategies to support our mental health. Here’s a clip from Dr Linda demonstrating this very point.

Finally, we know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel. By hosting an event on Time To Talk Day we can bring our teams together and remind us that during this crisis, we need to be here for each other, as Mark Henick  describes in this short clip.

Pre COVID-19, significant dates like Time To Talk Day were more easily acknowledged and celebrated when we were physically in the workplace, however this does not mean they should go unnoticed this year despite remote working and social distancing.

Booking a mental health speaker for a virtual event on Time To Talk Day provides an opportunity for businesses to use the resources from health gurus, productive psychologists and experts in mental health to support their employees during this unprecedented crisis.

For further information or to book a mental health speaker for Time To Talk Day, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070  or email  info@speakerscorner.co.uk .

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