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AFB ESG Series: Mental Health & Wellbeing Changing the Culture and Creating Conversation

The last 18 months have pushed mental health firmly onto the board agenda. Progress was already being made but Covid and all that it has entailed has shone a spotlight on the issue, together with political upheaval in the world, Black Lives Matter, Brexit, environmental concern, economic uncertainty and so much more has reinforced the need for all organisations to think more strategically about their approach to this important subject and address the needs of their staff.

What should organisations be doing? Where should the energy and urgency be directed?

In recognition of the World Mental Health Month in October, the AFB is delighted to partner with Byrne Dean who have specifically designed this session to help foreign banks think about what a good strategy and framework should include, providing some concrete examples of what works. Join us to hear about our presenter’s personal experience in how he struggled with the pressure of a City job and how he had the courage to acknowledge and address the impact it had on his mental health.

Why attend?

This session will cover:

  • Why a strategic approach is important?
  • Building blocks of a strategic approach
  • A deeper dive into two initiatives which have been shown to foster lasting cultural change – This is Me and the Mindful Business Charter

What will participants be able to implement Back@Bank after this virtual seminar?
Practical steps to create and sustain a mental health strategy and framework in their workplace.

Who should attend?
This seminar is designed for anyone who has an interest in mental health and wellbeing including CEOs, Board Members and HR Professionals. All AFB members are encouraged to attend.

Speaker Biography:

Richard Martin is a director of Byrne Dean, a leading workplace consultancy. He heads up their mental health work. A former city employment law partner, Richard experienced his own serious mental illness in 2011 and this enthuses his work. He delivers training to organisations around the world, leads Byrne Dean’s work promoting and developing the Mindful Business Charter and co-chairs the steering committee for the Lord Mayor of London’s This is Me campaign. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, a qualified coach and in 2018 published a memoir of his illness and recovery – This Too Will Pass – Anxiety in a professional world. Logistics

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This event will be recorded.

Format:               Virtual Seminar (platform: Zoom)

Cost:                    Inclusive

Date:                   Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Time:                   09:00 – 10:15


This Virtual Seminar will be held under the Chatham House Rule, in order to promote open and constructive discussion .There will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the session, however, if you would like to submit a question before or have any specific questions or areas that you would like the virtual session to address, please send them to the AFB at as soon as practicable. You will receive details on how to join the virtual session a few days before the event.