The issue of mental health wellbeing is a growing problem in the UK. According to figures from Mind, one in four people experiences a mental health problem each year, while the NHS suggests one in six suffers from a common issue, such as anxiety or depression, in any given week.


Research carried out on behalf of ADP, meanwhile, finds 20% of staff suffer stress on a daily basis, and a third (33%) say they are so stressed they are considering looking for another job. Failing to address the issue of mental health, meanwhile, is costing the UK between £33bn and £42bn a year, according to the government's recent Thriving At Work report.


There are signs, though, that this is now getting more prominence from employers; research by the Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection found some 60% of chief executives cite mental health in the workplace as the area of employee wellbeing with which they are most concerned. And, while just 16% of employers currently have a defined mental health strategy in place, 37% plan to introduce one in the next 12 months and a further 26% by 2020.

This webinar will look at the issue of mental health wellbeing in the workplace – asking the steps employers can take to improve the mental health of their employees; and looking at how things such as early intervention strategies can help.


It will also ask how employers can create a more open culture within their organisation, helping remove the stigma associated with mental illness; and also look at what are the key tools businesses can employ to improve mental health.



Jonathan Stapleton

Workplace Savings & Benefits

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Jonathan is editor-in-chief of Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB).

He has over 16 years' experience in journalism, beginning his career writing about capital markets in Russia and East/Central Europe before he started to write about UK occupational pensions and benefits in 2001.

Jonathan has won a number of awards throughout his career – most recently the Society of Pension Professionals’ Journalist of the Year Award 2014 and the Investment Association’s Trade Journalist of the Year Award 2015 – and is holder of the PMI's Retirement Provision Certificate. He has a degree in economics from the University of London.


Dr Philip McCrea

MD, MRCP(UK), FRCP(Glasg), MFOM, MFOM(RCPI) – Chief Medical Officer, BHSF

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Philip is an expert in occupational health and has 28 years' experience of working full-time in occupational health.

Philip has been a consultant in occupational medicine to over 1,000 corporate clients, and has extensive experience in the management of mental health issues in the workplace, specifically stress-related illness. Philip has acted as an expert on stress in 168 industrial tribunals and court appearances, more than any other occupational health practitioner in the UK.


Brett Hill

Managing Director, The Health Insurance Group

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Brett Hill is Managing Director of The Health Insurance Group, an independent, whole of market intermediary specialising in health and wellbeing solutions for business and individuals throughout the world. Brett’s career spans over 20 years, working in technical and senior management roles with leading insurance companies, including AXA PPP healthcare, Standard Life Healthcare and Unum.

Brett has been responsible for charting The Health Insurance Group’s increasing work in wellbeing and prevention, guiding clients in understanding the relationship between employee's health and business performance.

Fahd Rachidy

Founder & CEO, ABAKA

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Fahd Rachidy, Founder & CEO. Fahd is a serial entrepreneur passionate about improving people's financial wellbeing, and re-inventing the way the pensions industry works. Fahd’s previous venture was, the leading European pension platform for custom factor investing ($12bn AuM).

Business summary:
ABAKA is a financial wellbeing platform for employees, powered by Artificial Intelligence. We enable employers to directly engage, educate and empower their members. It directly helps employees engage with their pensions to save better, make intelligent and educated decisions with their savings and encourages financial wellbeing at work.

ABAKA's focus on financial wellbeing helps employees reduce financial worries whilst employers enjoy the benefits of increased workforce engagement, communication and productivity. ABAKA offers a unique mobile-based access to employees and a truly intuitive and innovative way to communicate with them through our digital assistant.

Lisa Ost

People Business Partner – Health and Protection, Aviva

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Lisa has worked in the People function at Aviva for 22 years having joined in August 1996. Her current role is that of People Business Partner for the Health and Protection business which she has held since June 2017. She’s held a number of partnering roles to Aviva’s UK businesses. As well as her current people partner role, Lisa is the UK Wellbeing Lead responsible for delivering Wellbeing @ Aviva, a UK wellbeing programme launched to employees in May 2017.

As a member of the Health and Protection Senior Leadership Team, Lisa contributes to business success through development and implementation of strategic people plans, focused on equipping employees with the environment, leadership, skills and tools to deliver the best work of their lives.

As Wellbeing Lead, Lisa is responsible for delivering Aviva’s UK wellbeing strategy based on three key pillars - prevention, early intervention, data and insight designed to actively promote improved physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing.

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