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WorkPride Panel and Keynote: The Continued Benefits of Having Mental Health First Aiders in Your Business

A mental health first aider specializes in training employees on how to identify signs of mental and emotional distress as well as what strategies to use to obtain the required help, potentially avoiding or limiting sickness and absences in the process. 

Mental health first aiders are essential to not only keeping the business up and running, but also to make your employees feel that they are truly valued and care for. The latter is especially important for members of the LGBTQ+ community, who might have suffered neglect and prejudice in the outside world. This panel will explore how mental health first aiders can be an integral part in retaining top talent and embracing people from different groups and communities. 

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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Specialist Consultant
    Saski is a well established LGBTQIA+ Inclusion training consultant in both schools and the workplace. She is also a Life Coach and Mentor,  Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer for Podcast, Radio and online. Panel Moderator and Singer.  Saski’s mission is to positively spotlight the LGBTQIA+ community through these various strands of her work and create environments where everyone can be their true authentic self.  In addition she is also a Pride ambassador for Pride Life Magazine, and a PRIDE365 Champion. Saski has the unique ability to be versatile on a wide range of subjects, whilst engaging both her audiences and panellists, bringing about the best conversations for education and awareness. Humour meets grace and knowledge meets’s what Saski does best.  A keen advocate for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows and panels, promoting inclusion. She has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations, as an LGBTQ+ Inclusion trainer, interviewer, and Host.  Collaborations include Inclusive Companies, MyGwork,, Diva Magazine, Pride Life Magazine and various UK PRIDE’s, Mermaids and Diversity Role Models Youth charities, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few.  
Find out more here  and follow Saski on Facebook & Instagram @Saskisinger & on Twitter @Saskisinger1
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    Wesley Dow
    Wesley Dow
    Executive Assistant & Events support
    Hg Capital
    An experienced, customer-service focused EA with a passion for people management and talent retention, who recognises that their role in the success of a business is to provide the most efficient and effective support possible. My industry experience spans business/personal support, people management, market research and event planning, providing me with many transferable skills. I am very adaptable and focused on delivering a truly bespoke service to every role I undertake. With a constant can-do attitude I pro-actively act as a discreet bridge between the leadership and wider business, sensing and heading off problems before they arise, by networking extensively across the company to stay tuned to the heartbeat of the organisation. Leader of the Hg Pride steering group, mental health first aider and mentor to a junior EA. Listed in LGBTgreat’s Top 100 Gamechangers for 2022 and ‘Project 1000 Role Models’ in 2021 for my work in D&I at Hg.
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    Robert Whitley
    Robert Whitley
    Senior Accountant II
    Expedia Group
  • Michael Morgan
    Michael Morgan
    People Partner
  • Emma Murray
    Emma Murray
    HR Generalist
    Enterprise Rent a Car
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