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Jonny & Neil look forward to International Men’s Day

November 19th marks International Men’s Day, with Positive Male Role Models as the 2018 theme. The campaign lays out its objectives as focussing on men’s and boy’s health; improving gender relations; promoting gender equality and highlighting positive male role models. In celebration of the achievements of our inspirational founders and the challenges they have overcome...
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This is Normal. This is Me. This is All of Us.

Lyssa Barber founded the mental health network at UBS. She spoke to us about her driving force and why this initiative is so important. You know that list you sometimes see of ‘top 5 most stressful life events’? I suspect you’re supposed to experience them one at a time. In  2004, I managed to tick...
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Wellbeing at Bright Horizons – Tackling stigma and offering meaningful support

Bright Horizons is very proud to sponsor This Can Happen. With 1 in 4 employees in the UK experiencing a mental health challenge this year alone, supporting the wellbeing of our people has never been more important for both the individuals and our organisation.  Research has shown that mental health challenges are the leading cause...
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Mental health in the workplace: the nutritional approach

Angela Steel from SuperWellness spoke to us about healthy eating in the workplace: This Can Happen’s purpose to make prevention a top priority for businesses makes it a very exciting partnership for us. This philosophy of prevention is at the heart of our approach too. We’ve made it our mission to help make workplaces nutrition-smart,...
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BIBA tackles mental health in their workplace through innovation and commitment

Pam Quinn tells us why BIBA is committed to fully supporting every staff member who may be facing mental health challenges. Q. Please can you tell us about BIBA’s work with mental health? Where did the inspiration come from and what are you doing to help your staff? A. At BIBA we have always recognised...
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MQ gathers support for scientific research into mental health

Lindsey Bennister, MQ Chief Executive, speaks frankly about the impact of mental health on our working lives and tells us what MQ is doing to help. Q. Can you tell us a bit about MQ. What you do, why you do it and what you hope to achieve? A. We’re MQ – the UK’s leading...
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Samaritans launch Wellbeing in the City

Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans CEO, spoke to us about the importance of this initiative and the impact of stressful working on our mental health.  Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Our volunteers receive a call for help every six seconds. People contact us for many...
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Sarah Boddey

Mental health support strategies for your staff

Sarah talks about the strategies her workplace has put in place to support staff facing mental health challenges
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It’s OK to talk about mental health at work

Yvonne talks about the importance of creating an organisational culture where employees feel comfortable to talk about mental health issues.
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Natasha Devon talks mental health

I was ten when I had my first panic attack. Of course, this was in much less enlightened times, when my understanding of mental illness was restricted to a third-hand account of the plot of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, so I didn’t know what was happening to me. I received a diagnosis of...
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Returning to work after a mental health related absence

Laura talks about how employers can help those returning to work after mental health related absences.
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Poorna Bell

Poorna Bell Tackles Workplace Mental Health

Award-winning journalist and author Poorna Bell was one of the first speakers confirmed for This Can Happen. As former UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost she has written extensively about mental wellbeing in the workplace and is a mental health activist. Her area of specialism is the mental health of men and...
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Improving the performance of your workforce

Brian Dow talks about how organisations can improve the performance of their workforce by prioritising mental health.
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Presenting This Can Happen 2018’s Host – Tina Daheley

This Can Happen is thrilled to introduce our host for the day, BBC TV and radio journalist Tina Daheley. Tina’s energetic and engaging presenting style, coupled with her extensive experience in the mental health arena will ensure that our conference on November 20th will be a truly scintillating, stimulating and effective event. Tina spoke to...
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Technology in the workplace

Marcus Gardiner discusses why technology is playing a vital part in managing workplace mental health
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Mental Health @ Mercer Group – Leading Edge Support for Staff

The team at This Can Happen is always on the lookout for businesses breaking the mould to protect and support their staff. Mercer is a global consulting leader, and we spoke to Beth Robinson about their cutting-edge mental health programme. The Mental Health @ Mercer group was established in 2017 following a conversation between two...
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This Can Happen Partners Create Innovative Audio Project – Headtrip: Hearing Depression

In 2017 Rebecca Hatchett, Lucia Scazzocchio and Ella Saltmarsh partnered up with Kings College London to produce Headtrip: Hearing Depression. An experience we’re looking forward to bringing to our guests at This Can Happen. Today we talked to Rebecca about the project, how it came about and the hopes she has for its future. I’m...
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Nick Barnes of The National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training speaks exclusively to TCH

On 10th September millions are encouraged to channel their precious memories of loved ones to help tackle the heartbreaking and often preventable tragedy that is suicide. For those left behind, there are endless questions about what they could have done to intervene or whether they could have spotted signs before their friend or relative took...
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Tom Kirkham – Where Music Meets Mental Health

In our pursuit of companies and characters who share our commitment to tackling mental health challenges in the workplace, This Can Happen has found inspiration in some very unlikely places. One such individual is Tom Kirkham whose book Pop Life is an unfiltered, funny and insightful journey through his relationship with music, work and mental...
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Lithuania Befrienders international

Neil and Jonny tackle global suicide awareness in Lithuania

This summer Jonny and Neil travelled to Lithuania to join the global suicide prevention charity Befrienders worldwide at their European regional conference.
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Sheri Hughes, PageGroup

25% of your workforce may suffer from mental health issues - you can't afford to ignore it". See the full video here.
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Confirmed Speaker – Gian Powers’ Mental Health Role Models Make a Real Difference

One of the most exciting aspects of our work with This Can Happen is unearthing some truly amazing people to speak at the conference. Heroes, actually. People who have suffered greatly in the past and have harnessed the memories of their pain into innovative ways to help others. Here’s one such individual. As a former...
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Jonny and Neil Receive Honorary Degrees from the University of Bristol

Like any proud parents, Team This Can Happen is basking in the glory of our very own founders, Jonny and Neil, as they are honoured for their incredible mental health work by the University of Bristol, with two honorary degrees. Already the recipients of many awards for their pioneering work, the pair donned wigs and...
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Neil & Jonny Speak to Clyde & Co About Spotting Signs of Distress in Colleagues

This Can Happen founders Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin met on Waterloo Bridge under extremely emotional and stressful circumstances. Jonny was contemplating taking his own life as hundreds of passers-by walked past him, oblivious to his distress. But when Neil took that leap from concerned passer-by to a sympathetic ear, he saved Jonny’s life and...
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Confirmed Speaker – Meet Professor Neil Greenberg!

The team at This Can Happen has been seeking out fascinating and insightful individuals to offer wisdom and ideas at the conference in November. From all walks of work and life, every single confirmed speaker brings unique knowledge, thinking and strategizing to the corporate mental health sphere. Professor Greenberg is a consultant academic psychiatrist at...
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MindCycle – Rob Stephenson Raises Awareness on his Bike

One of the most exciting aspects of planning TCH is meeting some of the world’s most inspirational mental health activists. There are so many heroes out there, doing incredible things to raise awareness. One such hero is bi-polar sufferer Rob Stephenson. Rob is a dad, a husband, a chartered accountant and founder of MindCycle and...
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Care For Yourself By Caring For Others

An annual survey of carers has just stated that 72% of carers report mental ill health as a result of caring – higher than the impact on their physical health. Lorna Easterbrook supports the carers amongst us – those selfless people who are responsible for providing or arranging care for a friend or relative who...
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The Surprising Benefits of Volunteering

The TCH team is always on the lookout for innovative ways to improve mental health in the workplace. We were struck by the fairly new and incredibly exciting programme that has been adopted by a number of businesses in the UK called ‘Volunteering Leave’. In 2016 the Government announced 3 days of paid volunteering leave...
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