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 Healthy Working Lives Conference 2024

The Healthy Working Lives Conference is Northern Ireland’s biggest workplace wellbeing event. It attracts 170+ HR professionals and operational managers to network and explore the challenges and opportunities facing their business in creating a positive and healthy workplace.

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Healthy Working Lives Programme

  • Reducing the Risk | Physical Health | Nutrition and Obesity

    Location: Location: Riddel Hall | Room: Isdel Courtyard
    Date: 5 June 2024
    Time: 10:00 – 10:40 am and 11:15 – 11:55 am

    Reducing the Risk | Physical Health | Nutrition and Obesity

    Obesity is an increasingly common problem in Northern Ireland. It is estimated to affect around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged two to 15 years. Busy lives, bad nutrition and a lack of exercise all contribute to Northern Ireland’s obesity epidemic.

    In this session, we’ll explore how employers can help by taking some simple actions to help their people become more aware of nutrition and take responsibility for their physical health.

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  • Reducing the Risk | Mental Health | Stress and Resilience

    Location: Location: Riddel Hall | Room: Lecture Room 1
    Date: 5 June 2024
    Time: 10:00 – 10:40 am and 11:15 – 11:55 am

    Reducing the Risk | Mental Health | Stress and Resilience

    Mental ill-health affects one in five people in Northern Ireland – that means that 20% of employees in the average organisation will experience mental ill-health at some stage. Mental ill-health often goes unmentioned because people are afraid of saying the wrong thing. Cited as one of the leading causes of absence from work, this issue is not something that employers can ignore.

    This session will explore how stress affects people, what employers can do, and it will give top tips on how individuals can develop resilience.

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  • A Focus on Men’s Health | Suicide Prevention

    Location: Location: Riddel Hall | Room: Lecture Room 3
    Date: 5 June 2024
    Time: 10:00 – 10:40 am and 11:15 – 11:55 am

    A Focus on Men’s Health | Suicide Prevention

    Suicide is a major public health issue that devastates families and communities. Almost every day in Northern Ireland a person takes their own life. 156 (76%) of the 203 total suicide deaths in 2022 were males and the percentage of suicides in 2022 from Northern Ireland’s most deprived areas (31%) was over three times that of the least deprived areas (9%). Business has a role to play in helping their existing employees and finding ways to help those most in need.

    In this session, we’ll share an understanding of why male suicide in Northern Ireland is worryingly high, and the practical steps employers can take to be aware of behaviours and language from employees are risk. We’ll also hear a first-hand story from someone who has battled with contemplating suicide.

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  • A focus on Domestic Abuse | An Employer’s Guide

    Location: Location: Riddel Hall | Room: Lecture Room 2
    Date: 5 June 2024
    Time: 10:00 – 10:40 am and 11:15 – 11:55 am

    A focus on Domestic Abuse | An Employer’s Guide

    According to the PSNI, in the 12 months from October 2022 to September 2023, there were 33,229 domestic abuse incidents in Northern

    Ireland, an increase of 126 (0.4 per cent) on the previous 12 months. Domestic abuse takes many forms – physical, emotional, psychological and financial. The Equality and Human Rights Commission states that 75% of victim-survivors of domestic abuse are targeted at work. Victims and abusers make up members of the workforce and this can be a complex issue for business.

    This session will take participants on a journey of discovery to challenge their perceptions and thoughts around domestic abuse, help delegates understand the complexities surrounding domestic abuse, and importantly share what employers can do to support their people.

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