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WorkPride Panel: Mental Health – The Things We Don’t Say

The importance of speaking up and admitting you need help is considered a sign of courage in a world that dismisses stress and sadness. For that reason, many people are still constrained when it comes to talking about their feelings and mental health condition, they are afraid of not receiving the support and understanding they truly need. 

The LGBTQ+ community is historically more prone to higher levels of depression and anxiety due to the prejudice and discrimination they face on a daily basis. This panel will discuss the importance of saying how you truly feel, what strategies you can use to express your feelings in an efficient manner and what channels are available to get help. 

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  • David Liversage
    David Liversage
    Founder/Lead Consultant
    Human 4
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    Jessica Chu
    Jessica Chu
    Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion
    RS Group
    Australian born and bred, I arrived in London in 1999 for a six month back-packing holiday and loved it so much, decided to stay! I have spent the last 20 years working in the Financial Services sector across a number of disciplines and for the last decade I've specialised in leading diversity and inclusion programmes at leading banks and now at RS Group a global digital and engineering organisation. As the Group Head of D&I, I am responsible for delivering work that has a real impact on our people and communities we operate in. What I love most is the breadth of my role and the fact that no two days are ever the same! I have two young children, who keep me extra busy when not at work. As a family we love to spend time at the park, having picnics, riding bikes and jumping on the trampoline. I also love to cook, garden, watch movies and read.
  • Carole Mehigan
    Carole Mehigan
    Responsible Business Manager
    Reed Smith LLP
    My name is Carole Mehigan and I am the Responsible Business Manager for EMEA at Reed Smith. I manage all our community outreach projects focussed on vulnerable areas of the community, D,E & I programmes focussed on young people of all ages and our larger fundraising initiatives. I also help with our internal D,E & I focusses with a particular interest in mental health. I am a mental health first aider and a first aider at work for the firm.
  • Klaus Goodwin
    Klaus Goodwin
    Exec. Director, R&D Quality & Compliance
    Living my best live as R&D Quality Leader
  • Victoria Payne
    Victoria Payne
    Global Head Learning & Development
    Fitch Group
    Victoria is the Global Head of Learning & Development at Fitch Group. She works closely with her DEI colleagues to support the organizational strategy from a learning perspective and has recently helped to set up the Mental Health First Aider network across Europe. In addition to her role Victoria is also the Chair on the Board of Directors at Hillingdon Mind, which she started in 2021. Key areas of focus are to ensure that Hillingdon Mind provide a variety services that are reflective of the differing needs of those living within Hillingdon and the community they serve as well as ensuring that the Board members reflect that.
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