10+ Popular Keynote Speakers for World Mental Health Day 2024
It is a well-known fact that your employees' mental health will directly impact their physical wellbeing and workplace performance. It is estimated that mental health support can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year, due to lower employee turnover and fewer days off sick.
Booking a speaker is an investment that can produce staggering results. In a survey, it was found that if a business of 500 employees invested £40,000 in their mental health, through workshops and seminars, they will see a net return of £347,722 in savings.
Financial gains aside, in this post we explore the other benefits of booking a speaker for World Mental Health Day and how to support wellbeing at work.
"We were eager to work with Dr Alex after developing our Emotional Pillar within Consumer Experience for L’Oreal Professional Products Division. Alex is a great figure, doing some amazing things to raise awareness and amplify the topic of Mental Health and he did not disappoint. He inspired the delegates and got people thinking about the important topic. He was on time for every meeting and even when we made a last-minute date and time change he accepted and adapted without any complaints. Alex was inspiring, professional and relatable throughout and we will definitely be looking to work with him again. Keep up the fabulous work Alex!"
“Ruby Wax spoke with passion, amazing depth of knowledge and, of course, great humour about the pressures and pitfalls of the human mind. She was incredibly well-received by all who attended. I would definitely recommend Ruby for any event where mindfulness and mental health are a priority.”
"I just wanted to let you know that the event last night went very well. Everyone was captivated by Simon, who gave an excellent presentation. The Q and A session was very good and enjoyed by the audience, and could have gone on for longer"
"Kelly was fantastic. We enjoyed having her on stage and the audience were clearly engaged - she covered a wide variety of topics in a relatable way. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from attendees. The crowd were particularly interested in her charitable endeavours. She was both humble and inspiring."
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Katie. She spoke with inspiration, authenticity, truth, and confidence. Her story is undeniably unbelievable and her positivity and words of wisdom will stay with me for my entire life. I’ve tried to think of my favourite moment, but honestly I don’t have one as it was all outstanding."
"I just wanted to pass on my thanks to you and Ollie for yesterday’s webinar. To say it was well-received is an understatement! I truly believe the discussion resonated with the attendees, indeed in some cases I’ve been contacted to confirm this. Ollie – It is clear you are extremely passionate about what you do and this was not lost on our delegates yesterday. Thank you! An excellent brief and hugely inspiring. I hope we can work together again in the future."
"It was very obvious that Samantha loves what she does and cares about helping people. She genuinely cared about the problem we were having on our team and thought very critically about what could be done to help solve it. We appreciate Samantha’s hard work and dedication. She is a very talented woman and I, and my team, enjoyed working with her"
"I would probably say that it was one of the most powerful and inspiring mental health talks I have ever seen. You can put posters up, you can tell people where to go for help but this event delivered something so impactful that I truly think it has made a big difference. Jonny and Neil were absolutely amazing."
Nigel Owens | Record-Holding Rugby Union Referee, Stonewall Gay Sports Personality of the Year
Testimonial from Gilead:
"On behalf of all the staff at Gilead, we would like to thank you for such an inspiring webinar today. The messages we have received have been overwhelming. We had just over 200 on the call (some were watching from a large screen in our meeting room). Thank you so much for your time and I wish you all the best in the future."
5 Reasons to Book a Mental Health Speaker
Ahead of World Mental Health Day, we have documented the five key reasons to hire a wellbeing speaker for your internal corporate event.
1. To Educate Management
Mental health support starts from the top down in business, as senior members must express empathy and understanding when their employees open up about their emotional battles. Wellbeing experts teach managers how to best support their staff while maintaining a professional working relationship.
Including regular one-to-ones and mental health awareness training, these speakers offer a wide range of strategies for creating a judgement-free environment. By booking a mental health speaker, you are investing in the quality of your management team.
2. To Promote Understanding & Acceptance
Presenteeism, a loss of productivity due to employees working while ill, is a common side effect of mental health issues in the workplace. Mental health speakers promote the power of understanding, counter presenteeism and open positive discussion about your employees’ struggles.
It can be difficult to support one another during our darkest times, to know the correct advice to give and help to offer. These insightful speakers educate attendees, teaching them how to care for one another’s emotional wellbeing through understanding and acceptance.
3. To Improve Performance
Mental health issues in the workplace can directly impact employees’ productivity and performance, and therefore the business’ profits. Wellbeing experts share their top tips for maintaining self-motivation and assuredness in the face of personal hardships, to safeguard a business’ prospects and improve its employees’ mental health.
Encouraging staff to leave their workplace stresses at the office will avoid burnout, improve performance, and increase motivation. These speakers teach audiences how to separate their personal life from their professional life, to create a valuable divide that ensures a solid work/life balance.
4. To Encourage Open Conversation
Whether it is a death in the family or financial struggles, several life factors can contribute to mental health issues. Emotional wellbeing speakers discuss the importance of encouraging honest conversation between management and their staff, to make allowances for such personal hardships.
For your employees to approach you with their own battles, you must destigmatise mental health issues in the workplace. A lack of communication can often lead to presenteeism, so mental health speakers teach attendees how to encourage open, judgement-free communication with their colleagues.
5. To Reduce Turnover
It is within a business's best interests to retain high-performing, talented staff. However, a lack of mental health support in the workplace can cause employees to leave their roles for greener pastures, causing a costly turnover.
Booking a mental health speaker will send a clear message to your staff, telling them you care about their emotional wellbeing. This is a key workplace benefit in the 21st century that can make your company stand out on the job market and retain talented employees.
Sophia Reed joined the family business in 2011 as Champions’ Magazine Sales Director and Sports Manager. She has spent the last decade managing the Aspirational and Inspirational Magazines, which were named “the best independent magazine[s] in ... Read more
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