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WorkPride 2023: How to Support Your Colleagues with Mental Health (HR Focus)

Mental health has never been more important as we emerge from the post-pandemic impact of lockdowns, isolation, and more. Mental health support, including spotting signs and how to ensure your colleagues are doing well, is increasingly becoming a key consideration of employees and business leaders alike. Join us for this session as we explore how you can support colleagues, and consider their needs as we all deal with mental ill-health. 

- Join the next WorkPride 2023 event here: WorkPride 2023: How to Secure a Career in Financial Services

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    Claire Brody
    Claire Brody
    Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion
    Warner Bros. Discovery
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    Darren Dear MCIPD
    Darren Dear MCIPD
    Head of HR Operations
    HCA Healthcare UK
    A senior HR professional with extensive experience of delivering both operational and strategic strategies within the private, public and charitable sectors. Experienced in partnering with senior stakeholders to achieve both commercial results and employee engagement driven results that drives employee engagement and increased business outputs. Proficient in developing and embedding HR shared service modules across multiply locations and business stakeholder groups. Experience of implementing CRM’s (Service Now) shared service support platform and design and roll out of several Workday modules including Core Human Capital Management (HCM), Time and Absence, Talent and Performance, Recruitment and On Boarding. Responsible for delivery of a range of HR Projects that support employee engagement and business strategies. Ranging from Reward and Compensation initiatives, group and departmental re-organisation, transition from local to a group HR Shared Service model and streamlining employee and business practices and process to increases efficiencies and participation. Managed a range of teams and individuals, ranging from operations functions through to specific HR functions including day to day HR processes, HR Shared Services, On Boarding, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Total Rewards, HR Systems and Facilities.
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    Harriet Lunney
    DEI Lead - UK
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    Bhavna Raithatha
    Bhavna Raithatha
    Mindset Coach, Psychotherapist, Speaker, Writer, Trainer and Critical Incidence Debriefer
    Bhavna Raithatha Consultancy
    I am an experienced and highly qualified Psychotherapist, Coach, Speaker, Clinical Supervisor for Therapists and Coaches, I am also a highly experienced Critical Incidence Debriefer (supported Emergency Personnel on site after London Bombings, supported many organisations around the UK with employee deaths and trauma) and have worked with over 18.5k clients in the last 29 years. I am an experienced, highly regarded and passionate Speaker especially on topics that include: DEI and Intersectionality, LGBTQ+ and Mental Health, Transformation and Self Confidence issues especially in BAME communities. I have been invited to a number of speaking events, including UK Black Pride in 2022 (and joined South Asian Heritage Month as a panellist), to share my Coming Out Journey as a South Indian Woman Living Life By My Rules and the impact this has on mental health in the LGBTQ+ Community and shared the lessons I learned to empower others to embrace their truth and identities with dignity and Pride. As a Trainer and Adult Educator, I have worked with many thousands of students to help them learn new skills and change careers. I offer Organisational Training for groups of all sizes and have been invited to write and present bespoke webinars on: Well-Being in the Workplace Self-Care and Resilience For Emergency Workers and How to Prevent PTSD for Cambridgeshire Constabulary Because of my work, I have been sought out to write Expert Columns in magazines on Mental Health issues including: Suicide, The Legacy For Those Left Behind Love is Love: Understanding the Prejudice Against and Struggles of, the LGBTQIA+ Community, Adult Bullying and How To Challenge It, Journalling: The Joy Of Text What Happens When Opposites Attract? (Expert guest on editor's article) Coming Out In Later Life - a specially commissioned piece for older LGBTQIA+ individuals coming out later in life Managing Stress in Daily Life I have guested on webinars, panels and podcasts globally discussing Suicide, Courage, Mental Health, LGBTQ+ Issues and appeared on radio shows offering support to listeners during COVID and to help tackle loneliness If you'd like to work with me, here is what you can expect: 1-2-1 Coaching, Coaching Supervision, Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Supervision and Group training Expert Speaker, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Expert Writer My Coaching and Psychotherapy clients include, but are not limited to: CEOs, (Global) Heads of Departments, Directors, Executives, Managers and Business Owners from around the world. I have helped leaders use their voices, find and use their courage, including helping women leaders especially, balance work, life, relationships, parenthood, anxiety and sanity with success. I particularly welcome clients who identify as LGBTQ+ and who may not necessarily be out to their wider community or family. We have addressed the high level of stress, demands and isolation at the top, problems with relationships both personal and professional. Fears, insecurity, the ever-present Imposter Syndrome and the regrets and anger that comes with having had to make sacrifices of not having a family in order to have had a career. Increasingly, I am witnessing Organisational Genocide™ towards women employees over 50 who are being pushed out of careers while male counterparts continue to be celebrated and championed. I have supported many women leaders to address grief, anger and for some, the trauma of rejection and abandonment after years of service and sacrifice. My focus is on helping clients transform their lives through rewriting old scripts and to help you live the life you deserve rather than the one you're tolerating. As an Indian Lesbian Woman who is part of the LGBTQ+ community, coming out at 32, I am keen to support AND CELEBRATE fellow LGBTQ+ individuals navigate their sexuality and gender identity through affirmative support. My personal, therapeutic experience and clinical expertise enables me to have a deep and unique understanding clients from BAME (particularly South Asian) LGBTQ+ communities around the world. As a result of my work, I was invited to become a Pride 365 Champion (Certified) which is a huge honour for a little girl from East Africa. I am available for paid speaking engagements to share my story and the lessons learned and offer training on Intersectionality and Inclusivity, Mental Health and how to create a safe workplace where employees can thrive from a LIVED and academic perspective to organisations. Please note I do NOT offer pro bono work so please don't ask for OR expect it. I expect to be paid for my work like everyone else.
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    Angela Donnelly
    Angela Donnelly
    Head of People, Business Partnering & Operations
  • Rachel Pears
    Rachel Pears
    Head of Responsible Business / Employment Counsel
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