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AFB ESG Series: Mental Health & wellbeing (People and Board perspective)

Globally, every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide.  In the UK, evidence suggests that around 1 in 6 people experience mental health issues in their workplace. May is mental health awareness month and it is more important than ever to prioritise awareness and wellbeing in the middle of a pandemic.  As result of Covid-19, and the response to the pandemic, there will be significant impact on the nation’s mental health through increased exposure to stressors such as bereavement, isolation, loss of income, fear, and anxiety.   

Evidence shows businesses that prioritise mental health and wellbeing see tangible benefits for their workforce as well as significant returns on investment. Responsibility lies across the whole organisation and it’s vital to have the support and involvement of senior management and the board to implement a robust mental health programme.  

The AFB is delighted to partner with City Mental Health Alliance who will help members understand the essentials of workplace mental health and what they can do to support their own and their colleagues’ wellbeing.

Please note the AFB has a new website and member portal, you will need to log in to our member portal to complete your event registration.  The log in details you used previously on our old website will no longer work – you can find further information on how to book and register at the bottom of this email. Deloitte’s Mental Health and Employers Report 2020, makes a positive case for investment in mental health by employers, finding an average return of £5 for every £1 spent. The report also acknowledges the shift among employers talking more openly about mental health at work and providing greater support to staff.

Why attend?

This session will cover:

  • Understanding mental health and the impact of stigma
  • Understanding and protection of own mental health through positive wellbeing strategies and self-care
  • Listening and communication skills – a framework to have an appropriate and effective mental health conversation with colleagues.

What will participants be able to implement Back@Bank after this virtual seminar?

A good understanding of building a mentally healthy workplace – foundations, key principles and modelling behaviour.

Who should attend?

This seminar is designed for anyone who has an interest in Mental Health & Wellbeing including CEOs, Board Members and HR Professionals. All AFB members are encouraged to attend.

Speaker Biography

Alison Unsted, Deputy CEO & Global Strategy Director, City Mental Health Alliance – Alison has over 20 years’ experience gained in both operational and specialist global HR leadership roles across professional services, retail and STEM industries working for employers such as law firm Hogan Lovells, the John Lewis Partnership and BAE Systems plc.  She is a subject matter expert in the field of diversity, inclusion, and workplace wellbeing.  In her role, Alison works closely with the CEO and Board to set and deliver the CMHA strategy and to establish operational processes ensuring the CMHA is well positioned to deliver to its future vision. Alison leads the Thriving at Work programme, working closely with member organisations, providing workplace assessments and consultancy support in helping them to identify priority areas in terms of mental wellbeing in the workplace, providing practical guidance, and working collaboratively across member organisations to deliver projects that support these priorities.  Alison is a Fellow of the CIPD and a trained and accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.


Please note the AFB has a new website and member portal, you will need to log in to our member portal to complete your event registration.  The log in details you used previously on our old website will no longer work.  Your username is your email address, use the ‘Recover your log in details’ button as this will allow you to set a password.  Alternatively,  If you cannot remember your password, you can reset this here or email You will receive details on how to join the session a few days before the event.
Cost: Free to attend (included in AFB membership subscription)
Format: Virtual Seminar (platform: GoToWebinar)