Organised by Invest St Helens – in partnership with St Helens Council Public Health – the Invest St Helens Workplace Health event aims to support businesses of all sizes to find out how they can make improvements that will boost staff and business performance.
According to the Office of National Statistics, more than 130 million days are lost to sickness absence every year in the UK and working age ill health has an annual cost to the economy of more than £100bn.
At the informative and interactive event – which will include inspirational talks from Colonel Andy Reid MBE; Dr Phil Cooper, founder of the State of Mind charity; and former rugby league player Danny Sculthorpe, who overcame acute depression after injury forced him into retirement – businesses will be given expert advice, as well as access to a number of services which cover physical activity at work; free blood pressure checks; healthy weight; stop smoking support; and alcohol awareness.
With mental health the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing businesses an average of £1,035 per employee per year, those in attendance that have not already done so will be encouraged to join a number of the borough’s biggest employers in signing the ‘ Time to Change’ pledge to demonstrate their commitment to change how they think and act about mental health in the workplace, and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for public health, said: “Having a healthy and productive workforce should be every organisation’s ambition, especially in today’s competitive business environment. Businesses are recognising that investing in the physical and mental health of their staff could save them a fortune in the long-term and this event will help provide employers with the necessary tools to achieve this.
“It is great to have Andy and Danny speak at this event. Their testimonies help to make us understand the real danger surrounding poor mental health. It will be great to hear from Dr Cooper too who will no doubt champion the fantastic work done by State of Mind. It is important to get the message out there that it is okay to talk. We need to look after each other, even at work too.”
The Invest St Helens Workplace Health event will take place at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium on Tuesday 9 July from 8:00am to 10:30am.