Mental health at work: Expert meeting, 11 October 2016, Geneva

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In today's increasingly demanding and changing world of work, more attention needs to be paid to mental health-related matters. Building up on last year's Global Meeting and on the findings of OECD's report on the issue, the ILO Global Business & Disability Network has established a working group on mental health to facilitate the gathering and exchange of knowledge on how to better handle mental health issues at the workplace. 

During the expert meeting, specialists and representatives from major companies will discuss the results from the research carried out by the working group and exchange experiences of successful initiatives and strategies in tackling this challenge. 

Register here for the meeting (the meeting is free of charge).

Agenda (CET)

Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Time: 09:00-17:30
Venue: ILO Headquarters, Room IX, Geneva, Switzerland (Route des Morillons 4)
Participants: Experts from the field of mental health in the workplace, ILO Global Business and Disability Network members, and other stakeholders.


Arrivals and registration


Opening session

Welcome, roundtable presentation of participants and introduction to the meeting


The economics of mental health at work

Shruti Singh, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Directorate, OECD


Session 1: Workplace mental health and wellbeing promotion strategies

Moderator: Valentina Forastieri, ILO

Catherine Kilfedder, Head of Wellbeing, BT

Dr. Ulrich Birner, Head of Psychosocial Health and Well-Being, Siemens


Coffee break


Session 2: How to combat mental health stigma and implement awareness strategies

Moderator: Kirsty Leviers, AXA

Barbara Harvey, Managing Director and UK Executive Sponsor for Mental Health, Accenture

Dan Bilsker, Vancouver Psych Safety Consultants


Lunch break


Session 3: Disclosure of mental health conditions in the workplace and reasonable accommodation

Moderator: Adeline Braescu-Kerlan, Sodexo

Susanne Bruyere, Director, Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University

Derek J. Jones & Colleen Sheppard, Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism, McGill University Faculty of Law


Coffee break


Session 4: Return to work and disability management

Moderator: Elisabeth Grimaldi d'Esdra, Michelin

Graham Halsey, Working Well Matters, UK

16:15-17:00 General discussion
17:00-17:30 Next steps and closing

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