Non-Institute Events

The sticking plaster and the stairwell webinar


12.30 – 1.30 PM

How does your organisation safeguard the mental wellbeing of its staff? Training mental health first aiders (MHFAers) can certainly help, as can an employee assistance programme. But are these just sticking plasters, to apply when something’s already gone wrong? Is it not better to make the stairwell safer, so that people don’t fall and hurt themselves in the first place?

In the IP sector, our people are our greatest assets. Keeping them happy, healthy, safe and productive is an important responsibility. It requires systemic policies that extend throughout the workplace and include preventative measures as well as solutions to individual problems.

This online discussion will see our panellists exploring how organisations can take a more holistic approach to mental wellbeing. An approach that connects and supports individual measures – such as the training of MHFAers – so as to make them more effective. One that is tailored for the organisation and its people, and sustainable into the future.

  • Mental health trainer and counsellor Penelope Aspinall will speak for the IP-focused mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice, drawing on the practical guidance they’ve been compiling for IP professionals and their employers.
  • Lisa Whittleton, Director of the wellbeing support consultancy Illuminate VR Services, will explain how leaders, managers and HR professionals can be more creative and proactive in their approach to wellbeing, and tell us about the resources available to help them.

Experienced IP professionals will share their own experiences in this context, and you’ll have a chance to put your questions to the panellists during the final Q&A session.


This event is for anyone who works in IP and is interested in mental wellbeing. You might be a mental health first aider, an HR professional or a leader or manager. Or you might be none of the above – because mental wellbeing matters to *all* of us.


Please register using the Eventbrite link above (top right). If you have specific access requirements for the event, please get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.


This event is free. So are all our resources. We think it’s important to keep IP Inclusive the right side of the paywall.

That said, we do need money to keep the show on the road, so if you enjoy the event please consider contributing to our 2021-22 fundraising campaign. For more information – including about corporate donations – visit our fundraising page.


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