The presentation will cover general mental health awareness in the workplace, and will include its impact on construction. Included will be advice on what the causal factors may be and how to identify those illnesses which people are more likely to come across in day to day business. The speaker will talk about the use of Mental Health First Aiders and other resources which can be called upon to help identify and address the rising incidence of mental health in the workplace.
Information about the speaker
Nattasha Freeman has been working in health and safety for over 27 years in sectors which include, construction, infrastructure, property management, education and manufacturing. She is currently still working in many of these sectors delivering CDM and other services, working as a SHEQ Director in the Turner & Townsend Birmingham Team
Nattasha is a former IOSH President, whose presidential theme was “Proactive Intervention and (Staged) Return to Works”: chosen because it was in a time where both the government and employers came to realise that in managing health and safety, we have only really previously focused on safety. With the release of the first Dame Carol Black report came the identification of the psycho-social impact of work on absenteeism and presenteeism. As a result of Nattasha choosing this theme she was invited to join the Council for Work and Health and represent IOSH on the Board, when they were assisting employers on how to manage workers who had been issued with fit-notes. Nattasha is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
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