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Mental Health & Returning to Work

The WAM programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers. 

When: October 14th 2020 from 11.30am - 1.00pm. 

The WAM programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a 6 month minimum fully paid and mentored work internships with high profile employers. WAM was established in 2005 and, to date, have placed over 470 graduates with both private and public sector employers. 

Event information 

We are still living in uncertain times and this webinar will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on mental health for potential and current employees with disabilities now that many organisations are planning a return to the workplace in 2021. This pandemic has resulted in the biggest changes in our work practices in our lifetime so what can your organisation do to support employees.

We last visited this topic in our June WAMinar, which you can watch back here, where Fiona Coyle, CEO of Mental Health Reform discussed the immediate impact of Covid-19 on the population. Now, here we are towards the end of 2020, what else has changed?

We are delighted to have Fiona back as our keynote speaker where she will be highlighting some new studies and what employers need to be mindful of as they make a plan to return to the workplace. 

We are also delighted to announce our second speaker Barbara Brennan - See Change Coordinator. Barbara will speak about the recent launch of their publication, "A New Reality: living with Covid-19", as well providing information on the See Change Green Ribbon campaign.

 Speakers Biographies 

Fiona Coyle - CEO of Mental Health Reform 

Fiona Coyle joined Mental Health Reform in 2020 as Chief Executive Officer. Before this, Fiona spent two years as Director of END FGM Europe. Fiona has extensive experience working in national and international civil society organisations, specialising in strategic and political planning and implementing multi stakeholder advocacy. Fiona was International Advocacy Manager at IPPF European Network where she led the federations engagement with the European institutions. She has previously been the netowork coordinator for EuroNGOs and Programme Manager at Dóchas, the Irish national platform of Development NGAs where she managed policy and programme coordination across the network of 65 NGOs and other civil society stakeholders. 

Barbara Brennan - Programme Coordinator for See Change; the National Stigma Reduction Partnership Ireland  

An inspirational 'thought leader' in her field, Barbara has over 12 year's experience in changing the culture of mental health at all levels of society. A regular contributor to national mainstream and social media, Barbara is at home speaking to local community groups, CEOs or senior leaders in the public and corporate world. She has lectured at Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Cork, inspiring people to think differently about mental health and well-being. In the national discourse on mental health, Barbara has motivated change and advised policy makers such as the National Office for Suicide Prevention, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Mental Health Commission, and Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association. A highly esteemed trainer and facilitator, Barbara now uses her passion and experience to lead a national programme 'See Change', to give voice to people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, inspire a message of hope and recovery, and ultimately spark an international conversation on reducing stigma.


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