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Discussion: The importance of mental health in the workplace

This live interview on February 23rd at 4pm will focus on the increasingly important issue of mental health in the workplace. 

We will hear from Martin Lockham, who represents Mates in Mind, a charity that enables organisations, of any size, to improve their workforces’ mental health, and Rick Bow Lusher a self-employed painter and decorator of 30 years, who has launched his own mental health Facebook forum called SOUL, after battling with his own personal mental health struggles.

After a mental breakdown, Rick went down the self-help route and truly believes the teachings have transformed the way he looks at life and as a result his depression and anxiety nowadays is very minimal. He says it helped him to continue to work and produce the work he knows he is capable of. Rick described his light bulb moment where he thought, “If I can help myself out of trouble then I can help others too” leading him to build his group SOUL, (an anacronym for Support Others and Understand Life) and share what he’s learned for the benefit of others going through the same thing. “Mindset is everything, I believe with a little guidance in the right direction it’s possible to live the life you desire”.

Together in this session, we will explore how businesses can better support their employee’s mental health, including issues around raising awareness, how to recognise mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and loneliness, and discuss how to address the stigma around mental health.

Martin Lockham

Martin Lockham Bio

Martin Lockham is Growth Development Manager at Mates in Mind, a charity that enables organisations, of any size, to improve their workforces’ mental health. We do this by providing the skills, clarity and confidence to employers on how to raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Working alongside our partners, sector leaders and growing community of Supporters, our work is delivering effective change across Construction, Transport & Logistics sectors and more widely. We bring insight and expertise that is improving the understanding of mental health across hundreds of workplaces.

Importantly, our approach enables individuals to understand how, when and where they can get support. 

Rick Bow Lusher

Ben Bow Lusher Bio – Soul

I’ve been trading as a self-employed painter and decorator since 1997. I’ve always been a sole trader working alone which I love, but like anything it can have a downside.You get to think way too much.

Being someone with a very over active mind any way, I would think myself into very dark places sometimes, especially if work didn’t go to plan.

Cut a long story short, things got so bad I ended up in hospital after a mental breakdown. I had several other episodes which forced me down the self-help route.Having all that time to watch paint dry Literally, I thought I’d sign up with audible. Over 100 hundred books later I started to notice the changes in myself thanks to the teachings.

Then, one day I had a light bulb moment. “If I can help myself out of trouble then I can help others too”

I then went on to create my group Soul, which is an acronym for Support Others & Understand Life.

I started off with around 50 or so members then nearly four years later I have over 700 members and it keeps growing and growing.

I decided to join a decorating forum to get some advice on the best decorator’s caulk and had the idea of promoting my page on there. The response was much larger than I anticipated.

In my group I basically share things that’s helped me. I put what I’ve learnt into my own words making it easy to understand. I also share books and teachers that have changed my life.

Then I got spotted by Paula McIntosh of the Trade Decorator Forum and she asked me to join this event . I truly believe the teachings have transformed the way I look at life and my depression and anxiety nowadays is very minimal. It helped me continue to work and produce the work I know I’m capable of.

Mindset is everything, I believe with a little guidance in the right direction it’s possible to live the life you desire.

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