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 workplace and intervening to help colleagues in trouble.
With our roster of names taking shape nicely, our next port of call was to Sarah Boddey, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Northern Trust.
Sarah has been driving the mental health strategy at financial services company Northern Trust. Her remit covers preventing mental ill health through various wellbeing initiatives and events as well as helping to build a culture where those with mental ill health difficulties are helped and supported.
Sarah’s role is international, which means she must ensure that mental health strategies in businesses across the globe are culturally appropriate.
We approached Sarah and were thrilled by her enthusiasm. She jumped on board and told us why she was delighted to be involved.
“I’m really excited about This Can Happen and the step-change I know it will bring for many companies in their approach to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace,” she said.
It’s highly practical approach is a refreshing change other mental health conferences I have seen in the past and encouraging delegations, rather than individuals, to attend fully supports a best-practice strategy which relies heavily on an integrated approach across a multitude of stakeholders within an organisation. I firmly that believe that no one person or team should ‘own’ mental health in an organisation – it is everyone’s responsibility and when we collaborate effectively we can make change happen so much more quickly.”
Sarah’s take on collaboration signifies a break from tradition, with a fresh approach to individual responsibility for colleagues’ wellbeing. She believes that we should all be looking out for each other and that every member of staff must be trained to look out for signs of anxiety in others.
We look forward to hearing her recommendations for showing concern and acting to prevent suffering at work. It will be a refreshing and vital session – don’t miss it!