8 August 2019 - Health charity, St John Ambulance, is launching a new series of one-day mental health conferences which will see experts discussing key topics in mental health and workplace wellbeing at three locations across England 

Following on from the success of their inaugural mental health summit in London last year, Embedding Mental Health Best Practices in the Workplace, the first event of this new series will take place in Manchester on Thursday 26 September at ETC Venues. 

Conferences are also planned for Bristol on Thursday 28 November at We The Curious and Birmingham in February 2020 with plans for more to follow this pilot regional series. 

The events are designed to give HR leaders, policy influencers and health & safety professionals a chance to exchange ideas and hear authoritative views on mental health in the workplace from leading companies across a variety of sectors.  

Speakers will include HR and Health & Safety professionals, wellbeing leaders and others with an interest in the mental health and welfare of their workforce. Confirmed speakers for the Manchester conference include senior representatives from multinational companies such as WHSmith, Marks and Spencer and Nestlé. The sessions will combine case studies, strategy masterclasses and panel discussions. 

Mel Fox, Director of Training & Enterprise at St John Ambulance, said: “We’re excited to launch this series of regional conferences to foster discussion and share knowledge among business leaders about the best way to support the health and wellbeing of their workforces and communities. 

“At St John Ambulance, we are committed to bringing physical and mental health together within first aid training. These conferences will be an excellent opportunity for sharing ideas and expertise in communities across the country so we can learn from each other and help build resilience in mental health.” 

The conference series highlights St John’s renewed focus on a more holistic approach to health, recognising the importance of our mental health in an increasingly pressured society. St John has trained 14,500 people in mental health first aid since developing a partnership with Mental Health First Aid England in November 2017. 

Earlier this year, the two organisations celebrated their joint training vision by signing a treaty which set out each organisation's commitment to share their expertise and experience to help equip more people with the skills to look after their own and others' mental health.