As part of this year’s Insurance Charities Awareness Week we ran an event, ‘Managing mental health & developmental disability in the workplace’ for Line Managers and HR professionals working in the insurance, and insurance related sector.
As a charity we often see people with nowhere else to turn who have hit rock bottom. We believe that with the proper help and assistance, and earlier intervention, some of these people could have stayed in their jobs, or returned to work sooner. Our event addressed this issue and looked at ways in which staff can be better supported and how employers can, in turn, provide this support.
The aim of the event was to give attendees an understanding of:
- The challenges facing those on autistic spectrum along with practical pointers for employers;
- Depression in the workplace and practical pointers for employers;
- Where the Insurance Charities fit in.
Alison Lawrence from Depression Alliance (Mind) and Robin Bush from Autism Together (who form part of Autism Alliance) spoke about mental health and autism and how these can be managed in the workplace. Annali-Joy Thornicroft, CEO and Company Secretary for The Insurance Charities gave an overview of how The Insurance Charities can help both employees and employers who may be facing these issues. Allen Prior, current President of The Insurance Charities, wrapped up the proceedings.
The slides from these presentations can be viewed at the Birmingham Insurance Institute’s website, a copy of examples can be seen below.
The lunch and lecture took place as part of the Birmingham Insurance Institute’s lunchtime lecture series. We would like to thank the BII for their generous help in hosting this event.