Essex academic hopes to improve mental health in county’s workplaces

  • Date

    Wed 13 Sep 17

An Essex Business School academic is campaigning for better mental health support in the workplace by launching a series of collaborative coaching sessions with local businesses.

Dr Maria Hudson, Lecturer in Human Resource Management, is creating an Action Learning Set (ALS) to help Essex employers better understand mental health issues at work and act on best practice.

Essex academic hopes to improve mental health in county’s workplaces

The free sessions will involve a group of six to eight employers meeting regularly to discuss the issue in a confidential environment. They will be facilitated by Dr Hudson and provide participants with support in finding out about better mental health policy and practice.

Dr Hudson said:

"Mental illness is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. There is great concern about the negative impact that poor management of mental health in the work environment can have on individuals, businesses and society. I want to raise awareness of available solutions that help reduce this statistic."

The project will engage with organisational challenges linked to mental health at work, organisational responses and what support employees with mental health conditions can expect to receive from their employers.

Provisory dates and venues

  • Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Essex Business School
  • Wednesday 6 December 2017 – Wivenhoe House Hotel
  • Wednesday 21 February 2018 – Wivenhoe House Hotel
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018 – Wivenhoe House Hotel
  • Wednesday 4 July 2018 – Wivenhoe House Hotel
  • Wednesday 26 September 2018 – Essex Business School


Interested employers from Essex and surrounding areas should contact Dr Hudson by email at or telephone 1206 873981.

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