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Mental health in student recruitment: Are you doing enough?


Hosted by Accenture, Central London

Last year nearly five times as many students reported a mental health condition to their university than 10 years ago*.

This rise in poor mental health amongst students not only has a huge impact on universities, who have duty of care to look after their students, but also on employers. These students are bright, hard- working and ambitious, in order for them to succeed in the workplace, employers must be able to provide the support they require to flourish in the tough environments that they will invariably face.

During the first half of the Cafe, experts will enlighten you on the subject of mental health and define what we actually mean when we talk about ‘mental health’. There will also be a particular focus on the causes of mental health issues among young people and the challenges that transitioning from university to the workplace bring.

Students and recent graduates will also share their experiences of mental ill health as well as their thoughts and concerns about entering employment, being open about their condition with potential employers and requesting the support they require.

In the second half we will turn our attention to what employers are doing to reduce the stigma that exists around mental health, and how they can encourage openness amongst their employees enabling them to provide the required levels of support.

Individuals will again share their own experience, including the support they have accessed through their employer and the importance of networks and mental health allies.

In attending this Café you will learn more about the subject of mental ill health and in doing so remove the stigma, fear and silence that exists around this subject. It will build your confidence to have relevant conversations with your applicants and employees, enabling them to have the support they require to excel in their role

*New Institute for Public Policy Research analysis


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Adam Dempsey

Adam is a future trainee solicitor with Baker McKenzie. Before starting his career in Law, Adam studied Politics at Durham. During his time at university, Adam struggled with bouts of depression, upon which his condition was diagnosed for the first time. On moving to London, he volunteered for two years with a mental health helpline, serving for one year in their executive committee. While in a brief period of employment between academic studies, Adam was involved in a mental health campaign addressing associated stigmas in workplace environments. Adam is keen to improve access to mental health services and reduce the stigma around those suffering from mental health-related issues and is involved with this project for that end.

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James Martin

James is the European Sales Support and Bid Manager at Enterprise Holdings, working for the company for more than 21 years and holding multiple positions during this time. Having lived with depression and anxiety for more than 25 years, James received a formal diagnosis nearly 10 years ago, having been forced to take an extended leave of absence.

James is passionate about raising awareness of mental health, helping to break the stigma that still exists (especially in the workplace) and ensuring that mental health needs is treated on an equal footing with other diversity strands.

In order to promote a more open environment for all employees, he talks openly about his own experiences and he is a Champion for Time to Change, the growing social movement that exists to transform how we all think and act about mental health problems. James is driving Enterprise’s efforts to sign the Time to Change Pledge and, as a member of the Disability Strand of the Diversity Team, organises company events around significant Mental Health days.

MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Platinum and Gold members who signed up or renewed in 2019 are entitled to 2 complimentary places at Disability Cafés. Additional complimentary places may be available depending on room capacity, with priority being given to Platinum members. 2018 Gold members are entitled to 1 place and 2018 Platinum members are entitled to 2 complimentary places.

MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Silver members may purchase places at a reduced price of £175 +VAT

Non-members may purchase places at a price of £350 + VAT.
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