Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Supporting Positive Mental Health

Wednesday, 12 May 2021
12:00 - 13:00 BST
Free to attend

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up on 10-16 May. This year’s theme is ‘Nature’, with the Mental Health Foundation’s CEO noting that walks in nature and being in green spaces have been the nation’s top mental health coping strategy during the pandemic (according to their research).

Join The Rising Network for this FREE session during Mental Health Awareness Week, with two mental health experts, who will help you build healthy habits, be confident having conversations about mental health with others, and support people around you with their own mental wellbeing.

Talk 1: Understanding Stress – taking small steps to alleviate feelings of stress by Kate Beed, Head of Training and Consultancy at Cambridge, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire MIND

By understanding more about why we feel stresses and how that manifests itself, we can learn how to pay attention to our stress signals and take action earlier so that we don’t become overwhelmed.

Talk 2: Mental health conversations by Jacqui Kemp, Director, Your People Potential

Are you passionate about looking after your mental health and supporting others through their struggles? Do you worry about starting a supportive conversation with others and somehow getting it wrong?

If you are a manager and you are not sure how to open up a conversation about mental health, or if you have friends and family you are concerned about, but just don’t know how to start a conversation without putting your foot in it, Jacqui will show you how.

With over ten years’ experience of working as a therapist and trainer, Jacqui is comfortable and confident at initiating those difficult conversations, she will share a discussion framework that you can adapt to work or home, helping you to reach out and offer support, while also protecting yourself from becoming emotionally involved and burning out.

This session will cover:

  • What are we all feeling right now – the Covid Coaster
  • The impact of stress and why we need to pay attention to our early warning signs
  • Investing in our own wellbeing
  • 5 ways to well-being – focus on Nature

 What you will learn:

  • How to talk to colleagues, friends and family about mental wellbeing
  • How to support yourself and the people around you with mental health
  • How to identify the signs of stress in yourself and others
  • How to lower stress and live a happier life
  • How to protect yourself from burnout whilst supporting others

How you will benefit:

  • Enhance your ability to communicate with others about mental health
  • Learn how to support your team, colleagues, friends and family effectively
  • Develop tools and systems to manage stress
  • Build up essential mental health first aid tools in your managerial tool kit
  • Build awareness of the core habits that help our mental wellbeing flourish

Who should attend?

Mental health concerns will affect most of us, at some stage of our life, whether it’s personally or colleagues, friends or family suffering mental ill health.  This session is for everyone who would like to gain a clearer understanding of how to have important conversations around mental health, and how to support mental wellbeing through core habits.


12:00 – Welcome by Sharon Budworth
12:05 – Talk by Kate Beed
12:25 – Talk by Jacqui Kemp
12:45 – Q&A
13:00 – Close

How to book:

 The event will take place on 12th May 2021 and registration will close 24 hours before the event starts so book before to secure your place.


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About our speakers:

Jacqui Kemp, Director, Your People Potential

Jacqui set up Your People Potential in 2014 to support organisations that are serious about employee wellbeing. Merging her skills from the worlds of HR and therapy, Jacqui takes a pragmatic approach to supporting good mental health and wellbeing.

Jacqui works with organisations to identify their strategic health and wellbeing goals aligning with the core values of the business. Working with HR professionals and senior business leaders Jacqui develops programmes of training to address skills shortages, whether it is enabling managers to effectively identify and address concerns around mental health and wellbeing, or helping individuals and teams to build resilience, Jacqui always provides a calm, compassionate and respectful approach to the needs of the business and the individuals.

Kate Beed, Head of Training and Consultancy at Cambridge, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire MIND

After a successful career spanning over 20 years in central government delivering diversity and inclusion programmes as well as large scale change programmes, Kate experienced the trauma of losing a relative to suicide.  This ultimately led her to join CPSL Mind and develop a Suicide Mitigation training programme for local GPs and practice nurses.  The programme was recently recognised nationally when it was awarded a ‘This Can Happen’ award in 2020 for the Best Mental Health Initiative in the Workplace.

Kate has subsequently become Head of the Training team at CPSL Mind where her team offer Mental Health training for staff and managers to a wide range of businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Event chair: Sharon Budworth, Co-President Cambridge Chapter, HR Director, UK & EMEA, Domino Printing Sciences

Sharon is currently HR Director, UK & EMEA at Domino Printing Sciences in Bar Hill, Cambridge. She has worked in Human Resources for over 25 years, beginning her career in the 1990’s at Napp Pharmaceuticals on the Cambridge Science Park. Sharon has gained significant HR experience across a variety of sectors including Telecoms, Higher Education, Software, Retail and Engineering. She is passionate about HR and is particularly interested in the rising trend in applying ‘disruptive approaches’ in the workplace. An advocate for greater diversity in technology and engineering she is committed to leading change. Domino Printing Sciences is now a member of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and has started reaching out to similar organisations to find new and innovative ways to attract more women into STEM roles.

Leadership Development, Talent, Engagement, Employee Experience and Wellness are a few of the key projects that Sharon and the Domino Printing Sciences HR Team are focusing on right now.

Sharon is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has also taken opportunities to develop elsewhere. She is a trained Doula, Childbirth Educator and Yoga for Pregnancy Teacher, teaching Yogabirth classes in Cambridge for eight years until 2016. She is married, has three children and lives in St Ives Cambridgeshire.

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