We need to 
talk about 
mental health

Is your organisation interested in making a social impact while advancing diversity and inclusion within its workforce? 

Then We Need To Talk About Mental Health.


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About Talent RISE

A diverse, healthy and productive workforce is essential to the success of organisations. However, pre-Covid-19 almost 1 in 7 people in the UK experienced mental health challenges in the workplace and evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness days could be attributed to mental health conditions. At the same time mental health challenges can fluctuate, making them hard to explain to employers, so those affected can struggle to find new jobs or stay in work. This makes those with mental health conditions one of the most disadvantaged groups in the workplace. 

Young people can be particularly affected. 75% of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 24 and even before the pandemic, many young people were often juggling zero-hours contracts, education and challenging home lives, which impacts on their emotional well-being. 

These stresses have only increased due to Covid-19, with young people now also suffering from long-term isolation and even more uncertainty about employment. When in work young people often fear raising issues around their mental health with their managers for fear of being treated differently and even losing their jobs. 

Many employers want to help but are unsure how to support young people when mental health issues are raised. They can sometimes make the situation worse through a lack of knowledge and appropriate support. This event, organised in partnership between 42nd Street and Talent RISE, is an opportunity to change this.

// Young people leading 42nd Street's “Make Our Rights Reality” (MORR) programme will introduce research conducted with 150 young people with lived experience of mental health conditions. 

// The research findings
and accompanying report will be shared with employers in attendance so that they leave feeling more confident discussing emotional well-being and mental health. 

// Employers attending will learn more about the mental health issues young people face and will become better equipped to support them, creating more positive working environments for everyone. 

About 42nd Street

Talent RISE is a global charity that helps young people facing barriers to employment to prepare for, access and sustain supported employment and work experience opportunities, wherever possible in the digital tech sector. 

To date Talent RISE has engaged more than 2,500 young people and placed over 200 into meaningful employment and work experience. We work in close partnership with a range of youth organisations who refer young people to our programmes and help ensure that young people are supported professionally and personally.

42nd Street is a Greater Manchester charity that supports young people aged 11-25 years with their emotional wellbeing and mental health, promoting choice and creativity. We champion young person-centred approaches that demonstrate local impact and have national significance. 

We offer a range of individual therapeutic support and encourage and support young people to have a voice, and access opportunities to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate to themselves and others that they are able to recover, manage their mental health and wellbeing and achieve their full potential.

Talent RISE is the charitable foundation of Talent International.

// Employers will receive knowledge and skills they can use to cultivate working environments that are supportive of young people’s mental health. 

// We’ll also open discussions and make recommendations about how employers can take proactive, positive and practical steps to create working environments that are supportive and understanding. 

// The main event will include a mix of presentations, including recommendations to employers, and an interactive myth-busting quiz about mental health in the workplace. Guests will then be encouraged to join a final 30 mins of discussions, prompted by questions set by the young people leading the research. 


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We strive for better

We give a damn

Thursday July 30th 
Main event: 2:30pm - 4:00pm 
Optional discussions: 4:00pm - 4:30pm 

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