Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in the Workplace Event

Press Release  

10 December 2015


Derry Healthy Cities – Health@Work NI and CLEAR Project both funded by the Public Health Agency, recently hosted a half day seminar and networking event for employers, the purpose of the event was to raise awareness of local mental health service providers and provide an opportunity for employers to network. The event was a huge success attended by over 50 workplaces and feedback was fantastic.

The event focused on providing employers with support and advice on helping employees who are at work with a mental illness and support for employees that have a mental illness to return to work. There was a number of speakers and the day finished with a speed networking exercise which proved to be very successful.

Shauna Houston (Director of Derry Healthy Cities) said:

“The average person spends approximately a 1/3 of their waking life at work. In targeting the workplace setting we can therefore get key health and well-being information to a large portion of the population. I commend encourage employers for attending this events as it will serve to add to the productivity and employee retention of their workplace in the long term.

“We are delighted to support this event as it will enable proactive employers to understand and support those employees who want to work despite having a mental illness. Most employers recognise that their employees are their key resource, so events like this will allow employers to hold on to the skills and experience of that resource for as long as possible.


Notes to editor:

Health@Work NI is a Derry Healthy Cities Initiative funded by the Public Healthy Agency.   Established in 2004 it is the longest established workplace health programme of its kind in Northern Ireland, dedicated to improving the health of employees in Derry/Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady council areas.

See our website www.healthatworkni.com for further information.

The CLEAR Project was commissioned as an Integrated Community Development Project as part of “Protect Life” the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy (2006) which seeks to reduce the suicide
rate in Northern Ireland. CLEAR represents a unique partnership initiative which offers developmental opportunities to community & voluntary organisations providing mental health & emotional well-being services in the west.

The CLEAR Project serves Community & voluntary organisations providing mental health, emotional well-being and suicide support services within the west of Northern Ireland i.e. Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh & Fermanagh district council areas

See our website http://www.clearproject.co.uk

Derry Healthy Cities (DHC) is a leading public health NGO operating a range of community health interventions across the West of the province and cross border. Established in 1992 we are the longest serving inter-sectoral partnership operating in the NW of Ireland. Our Mission is ‘To improve the overall quality of, and reduce inequalities within, the physical; social; and mental health of our communities.” As the City’s lead strategic organisation in improving public health DHC was designated by the World Health Organisation in 2009 as a Healthy City Project and has been agreed as a strategic facilitator for two of the eleven catalyst projects in the ‘One Regeneration Plan’ for Derry (Early Intervention City and Health for All).

The PHA was established in 2009 under a major reform of health structures in Northern Ireland. They are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence and have four key functions:

  • health and social wellbeing improvement;
  • health protection;
  • public health support to commissioning and policy development;
  • HSC research and development.


PHA were set up to provide a renewed and enhanced focus on public health and wellbeing by bringing together a wide range of public health functions under one organisation.

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