Workshop puts spotlight on mental health issues in workplace

Barry Warne

Business owners and HR professionals will receive valuable insights into dealing with mental health problems in the workplace at work at an event in Sheffield on November 8.

With an increasing number of employees affected by mental health conditions – which result in spiralling costs to employers – keynote speaker, Kate Appleyard of Appleyard HR will equip attendees with solutions on how to manage situations.

Kate, who has over two decades of experience in strategic and hands-on HR management, will share practical steps open to employers and outline the business benefits for employers and employees of building a more open and inclusive work culture.

Keebles’ employment experts, who are hosting the workshop, will cover areas which include employers’ legal obligations such as duty of care and personal injury negligence claims. They will also explain how to deal with medical evidence and occupational health services along with implementing six mental health core standards’.

Barry Warne, head of employment law at Keebles, said: “Mental health issues including anxiety and depression affect one in four people at some point in their working lives.

“According to studies, the growing issue creates an annual cost to employers of up to £42 billion every year – half of which stems from ‘presenteeism’ where employees are less productive.

“We’re delighted that Kate Appleyard will share her extensive experience during our interactive workshop. The session will present and discuss case studies on key areas which include reducing the risk of mental health in work, fluctuating and disguised mental health conditions and managing a phased return to work.”

For more information on the workshop which runs from 8.30am–1pm at the Copthorne Hotel, Sheffield, contact Simon Gorman on 0114 290 6230, email


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