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Keynote: Evaluating the Workplace Ecosystem and Collaborating for Mental Health Culture Change


Working in health and social care for over 20 years my work was always focused on the why when people were experiencing their darkest moments and concentrating on what they needed to help them to thrive. The first place we look in social work is to the environment and improving the ecological systems where the causes of oppression has led them to the point where health and social care interventions were required.

We can take this same perspective with our teams, departments and whole organisations. Viewing them as a living breathing Ecosystem instead of a production machine focused on outputs, we are able to shift our mindset towards inputs and nurturing a person environment fit to develop occupational performance and engagement. A human workforce requires a human solution.

This keynote will provide you with a new perspective on creating a mentally healthy workplace. Using the Our Mind’s Work ECO model and Culture Change Progression Framework we will explore a deeper understanding of the workplace ecosystem and how creating a mentally healthy workplace impacts the ecology of the whole business.



Managing mental health by default or design?

Poor mental health of employees is the number one reason for sickness absence in the UK. And with work related stress, anxiety and depression accounting for 56% of work related illness, it is also a workplace hazard that need to be prevented. Yet many managers are missing the essential capabilities needed to design a supportive culture.

A manager’s knowledge, skills, tools and behaviours are essential for creating a mentally health workplace ecosystem, preventing psychological injuries caused by work and early intervention to support employees when they are struggling with symptoms of poor mental health.

This workshop is a practical session where you will learn about how to use the Our Mind’s Work’s ECO model to evaluate employee mental health, provide collaborative employee centred support and empower individuals to take ownership on actions for recovery with two OMW tools designed to promote positive mental health in the workplace.

You will experience ways to introduce an employee mental health evaluation traffic light tool and know how a Stay Well at Work Support Plan can benefit employees to stay mentally well when at work.



Emily is a visionary and thought leader in the corporate mental health field. She is a corporate Mental Health Programme expert with 20 years’ experience and qualifications enabling her to work as a professional in the mental health, substance misuse and health and social care fields.


Emily has designed and delivered safe and ethical approaches to corporate mental health culture change programmes with synergistic outcomes from changing lives to return on investment, creating mass mindset change to community impact. Emily’s programmes have proven to work in all industries they have been embedded in to from emergency services and traditional male oriented industries to public services and blue-chip companies.

Emily has driven change throughout her career which all began after her own lived experience of severe mental health problems in her early 20s. Her recovery ignited her passion which has motivated her to provide education, support, treatment and guidance to thousands of people across the UK. From young people in secure and community settings, to adults with dual diagnosis and homelessness to four years ago focusing on employee mental health, bringing her 20 years expertise in to the workplace.

PEOPLE POWER is an event series dedicated to people:  to skills, training, HR, employment and workplace productivity.  


The 2021 conference is designed to help you focus on The People Agenda - to provide you and your team with the knowledge and skills that you need to ensure your workforce thrives, to improve performance, increase productivity and to help you compete effectively in the new world. 

The conference takes place 16 November at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. Attend in person or online. 

Tickets start from £35+VAT.

People Power

Organised by:  The Projects Studio Ltd.

19 Lansdowne Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE3 1HP

+44 (0)191 580 4005



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