BUSINESS leaders in Swindon heard about the impact positive mental health can have at the tenth Swindon Mindful Employer Network conference.

The network, which brings businesses together to advocate the importance of good mental health practice in the workplace, celebrated ten years at the conference at the Marriott Hotel.

Among the top speakers 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, leading psychologist, counsellor and inspirational speaker Mandy Rutter who spoke about the science of stress, resilience and mental health.

Delegates also saw a return visit by the UK Lead for Mindful Employer Richard Frost, who recently was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours

David Latham, who leads the business network, said:“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."

Melanie Richens, the guest of honor and chairwoman of the UK College of Personal Development, added: “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!"

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

It was World Mental Health yesterday which has aimed to raise awareness and combat the social stigma around mental health since it began in 1992.