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Everyone is talking about Mental Health but employers are STILL IN DENIAL!

WAM Debate - Conor Cusack, Tom Lenihan and Carol Hunt added to the line-up!

When: 10:00-13:00 Dec 12th 2013

Where: ESB, 27 Lwr. Fitzwilliam St., Dublin 2

Mental health is on all our minds these days.

But what is a mentally-healthy workplace?

  • 1 in 4people in Ireland experience a mental health difficulty
  • 3 in 5Irish people stop working because of mental illness
  • 47% believe that disclosing at work would have a negative influence on their relations with peers
  • 57% believe that being open at work has a damaging effect on their careerMan with head in the sand
  • Untreated mental health illnesses, including depression & anxiety, costs employers billions!

In January 2013, Canada became the first country in the world to publish an official set of workplace mental health standards. It is timely that we have an honest debate about workplace stress or other mental illnesses in the workplace. The WAM Programme at AHEAD in conjunction with ESB are hosting a FREE event – an interactive debate about mental health in the workplace.

Is there enough know-how and information for employers and their management about mental health promotion in the workplace? Are you a graduate seeking employment with a mental health difficulty? Are you a hiring manager? What do you think?


This debate will be be facilitated by Carol Hunt (journalist/columnist with the Sunday Independent/Herald) and will feature Andrew Blair (Head of HR Business & Consumer Banking, Bank of Ireland), Conor Cusack (Irish Sportsperson), Scott Ahern (Outreach & Partnership Officer, SeeChange) & Tom Lenihan (President of Trinity College Dublin Student Union).

Directions, Public Transport & Parking

This event is being held in ESB Head Offices, Lwr Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2. The location of the venue is on the corner of Merrion Square East and South in Dublin city centre. Information about car parking and public transport is outlined on this interactive map.

Car Parking

  • On-street car parking is available directly outside ESB Head Offices and all around Merrion Square (More Info).
  • There are two nearby car parks available, Gratten Street and Dawson Schoolhouse Lane, which charge €2/€3 per hour respectively (More Info).

Public Transport

  • The best way to travel to the venue is by Dublin Bus towards Merrion Square or towards Lower Baggot Street. To find out what number bus suits you best, check out the Dublin Bus website by searching on the route map.
  • If you are arriving from Hueston Station, you could get the Luas (Red Line) to ISFC, cross over the River Liffey to Lwr Fitzwilliam St. It is approximately 15 minutes’ walk. If you are arriving from Connolly Station, you could also walk to Lwr Fitzwilliam Street which would take about 20 minutes.


This event is unfortunately full booked. To join the waiting list, email wam@ahead.ie or phone 01 592 3667.

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