The Swindon Mindful Employer Network held its big 2018 conference at the Swindon Marriott on 8th October. “Inspiring Mental Wellness in the Workplace” featured inspirational speakers and highly relevant topics on how to improve mental health and wellbeing for employees – and once again this year the Swindon Marriott generously supported the big network event.

David Latham, who leads the business network, says it was also a celebration: “This network started in 2008 and has seen incredible interest as businesses wake-up to mental wellness at work. The conference also reflected this success and over 140 delegates enjoyed some excellent thought provoking speakers and sessions – many of whom left the Swindon Marriott inspired to improve mental wellbeing in their workplaces”. Among the top speakers who appeared were TV and radio regular Dr Stuart Farrimond who was interviewed by Graham Seaman of BBC Wiltshire about his own challenges with physical and mental health issues. Geoff McDonald the former Vice President of Unilever and mental health campaigner lead the final session.

The network welcomed back the leading psychologist, counsellor and inspirational speaker Mandy Rutter who spoke about the science of stress, resilience and mental health. Delegates also enjoyed a return visit by the UK Lead for Mindful Employer Richard Frost who recently was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Aimee Cain who is Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager at Thames Water presented a best practice session.

Also joining the conference were Frances Mayes and Charlie Paradise of Public Health, Hazel Howe and Suzanne Baxter of Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland who is also HM Solicitor General. The event was chaired by Melanie Richens of the UK College of Personal Development and the Mayor of Swindon was guest of honour.

Chairwoman Melanie Richens says: “Our conferences are exciting events to attend and I believe have contributed to improving mental wellness at work in the Swindon area. I hope the good work will continue for another 10 years !”.

This Swindon network is hosted by Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind and funded by Public Health at Swindon Borough Council.

For more information about this event please contact: smen@sgmind.org.uk