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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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Coming Soon – Mental Health First-Aiders & ‘Address Your Stress’ Toolkit

There seems to be a special day or week for everything these days. It’s easy to let them pass us by and dismiss them as something only to be recognised if we’re directly affected by the subject matter. And then Mental Health Awareness Week came along. Don’t stop reading. Even if you have not faced...
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How we’re improving mental health at Direct Line Group – Simon Linares

We are all individual and unique, but something we have in common is how important our wellbeing is to our health, happiness and ability to do our jobs successfully. Mental Health is at the heart of our Wellbeing Strategy and we are delighted to be partnering with This Can Happen so that mental health continues...
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May Speakers – Confirmed!

There are many aspects of TCH that make it special and significant – if we may say so ourselves. But the one feature of the conference that excites us the most is the array of fascinating speakers that will expound their wisdom on mental health to our delegates. It’s been thrilling to meet each and...
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Dr. Ellie Cannon

Dr. Ellie Cannon to Speak at TCH

Everyone has a rough day at work. Or a rough week. But when the rough days roll into each other and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, rough can turn really, really tough. We may consider our colleagues as friends, but it’s difficult to speak out about our innermost feelings. There’s a...
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Sarah Boddey

Confirmed TCH Speaker – Sarah Boddey

As the big day approaches, Team TCH is focussed on ensuring that the content of the conference will be fascinating, ground-breaking and engaging. In order to do this we are seeking out some of the world’s most exceptional people, experts in their fields, to speak to our delegates about identifying mental health problems in the...
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Jonny Benjamin MBE TCH

Jonny Benjamin – Why TCH had to Happen

It’s here! The blog you’ve all been waiting for – a Q&A with our inspirational co-founder Jonny Benjamin MBE, whose journey from severe struggles with depression to becoming one of the UK’s leading mental health activists, has hit the headlines and played a game-changing role in the world of corporate wellbeing. Alongside Neil Laybourn, Jonny...
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A fly on the wall at TCH’s AEB

Let me set the scene. A smart West End office, frothy cappuccinos served in elegant Villeroy & Boch New Wave. This is not our usual team rendezvous. It’s a very special occasion – the second This Can Happen Advisory Editorial Board meeting! Why so posh, you may ask? It was all thanks to the wonderful...
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Mini Productions Presents…….TCH the Movie!

Watch our brilliant film about This Can Happen, and read ahead to find out about the day we spent filming with the talented ladies of Mini Productions. April Kelley and Sara Huxley were students at drama school. When the teacher asked ‘What will you do to support your acting career that’s not soul destroying?’ April...
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Dr Aric Sigman Speaks to TCH About Children’s Mental Health

Dr. Aric Sigman is a child health education lecturer and author of a number of books including Alcohol Nation, The Body Wars and The Spoilt Generation. He consults for parliamentary working groups, speaks at international conferences and is frequently invited to offer his opinion on the mental health of children on TV and radio and...
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Jonny & Neil at the Royal Bank of Canada

One bleak day in 2008 Jonny Benjamin could never have imagined that his future would hold such bright prospects. Standing on the edge of Waterloo Bridge contemplating taking his life, the landscape he saw in front of him was terrifying. When Neil Laybourn walked past and stopped to talk him down he also never imagined...
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TCH Joins with Bright Horizons to Cover Childcare on the Day

It’s us again – Zoe, Neil and Jonny – and we’re gearing up for This Can Happen at a cracking pace. Booking speakers, researching content and keeping our finger on the social media pulse is taking up most of our time at the moment but the most important job on our plate is making sure...
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This Can Happen Has Launched!

On Tuesday 23rd January, months of planning finally became a reality. In a room full of positivity and enthusiasm we ate, we drank and we chatted about the upcoming Mental Health event of the year. The TCH launch event was exciting and overwhelming in equal measures. The fact that over 250 of our contacts made...
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On the edge

This Can Happen

As Jonny Benjamin sat on the edge of the bridge, contemplating taking his own life, fate intervened. Neil Laybourn, a complete stranger, was struck by the bleak intensity of Jonny’s appearance as he walked past him.
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Mental health in the workplace

The road to enlightenment about mental health problems in the workplace is a long one. But identifying colleagues that you’re worried about, and talking to them, making them feel comfortable around you and showing support, is a really amazing start.
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