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ICMA Women's Network: Mental health in the workplace
Date: 5 June 2019
Time: 17:30-20:30

Venue: Freshfields
Northcliffe House
26-28 Tudor Street
London EC4Y 0BQ

Event overview

ICMA has organised a summer event to focus on the importance of safeguarding mental health particularly in the challenging environment of financial markets. Hosted by the ICMA Women’s Network, the event was open to all ICMA members irrespective of gender. Attendees were joined by the following speakers in a fireside chat discussing the stigma which still exists around mental health in city workplaces, explaining the resources and support that are available and how to maintain mental wellbeing.

Poppy Jaman OBE

Poppy helped to found the City Mental Health Alliance in 2013 and has been CEO since 2015. As CEO, she works with senior business leaders from across the City to achieve their shared vision of creating workplaces where mental health is no longer stigmatised, but instead is treated in the same way as physical health. She wants employers to support employees in maintaining their mental wellbeing, leading to more sustainable workplaces where people can flourish.

Joanne Theodoulou

Joanne is the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider. Joanne sits on the Board of Trustees of Mind, the UK's leading mental health charity. Mind provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem - campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Joanne brings to her board role a compassionate understanding based on experience, and with it the vital message of hope.


Photo Credit: Jesse Rose Photography

Post Event Resources


  • Mind - first port of call for information on MH issues and for their helpline
  • Mind's Workplace hub has a wealth of materials. Strongly recommend organisations consider registering for the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index. See why here.
Mental Health First Aid City Mental Health Alliance

Additional Resources
  • For those with young people in their lives see Young Minds for a wealth of resources for children and teens, and for their parents.
  • For the lawyers out there, definitely take a look at LawCare for online resources, useful stats and their independent, confidential helpline.
  • Also for the lawyers, check out this new Wellbeing for Lawyers e-learning course from Central Law Training 
  • Samaritans - their website has some excellent resources such as their brilliant advice for having sensitive conversations
  • Papyrus - for issues around suicide in particular