We live in a world where mental health struggles are prevalent, with no indication of abating. Employers and employees are becoming increasingly aware of the reciprocal relationship between work and mental well-being.
Organisations may be aware of this issue, but don’t have the tools to approach it in the most effective way. Our diverse network of experts provide insights, helping individuals and organisations meaningfully engage with this topic. Ironically, one of the few certainties we all face, is the reality of uncertainty. Therefore, becoming more resilient and adaptable should be a priority in this modern era.
The mental well-being of employees is shaped by their working conditions, and the success of every business is impacted by the well-being of its employees. Depression and anxiety cost the global economy around $1trillion per year in lost productivity, and as many of the below speakers’ work has shown, there is a direct increase in innovation, engagement and performance in the workplace when employees are happy.
Listed below are London Speaker Bureau’s top mental health speakers. These speakers shed light on the intricacies of the mind and suggest tangible ways of improving the happiness and mental well-being of employees. With World Mental Health Awareness Week reminding us that depression is the most widespread health ailment in the world, it has never been more imperative to engage in these issues.
Mo GawdatFormer Chief Business Officer for Google [X], serial entrepreneur, author of Solve for Happy, and founder of One Billion Happy
The happiness expert that made 51 million people happier, Mo Gawdat, is the former Chief Business Officer for Google [X], a serial entrepreneur, author of Solve for Happy, and founder of One Billion Happy.
Through his 12 year research on the topic of happiness, he created an algorithm and a repeatable well engineered model to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness regardless of the circumstances of life. Mo’s happiness model proved highly effective. And, in 2014, was put to the ultimate test when Mo lost his son Ali to preventable medical error during a simple surgical procedure. Solve for Happy is the pillar for a mission Mo has committed to as his personal moonshot, a mission to deliver his happiness message to one billion people around the world (#onebillionhappy).
In 2020, Mo launched his successful podcast, Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat, in which he conducts interviews that explore the extraordinary lives of everyday people.
Steven Bartlett is a speaker, investor, author, content creator and the host of one of Europe’s biggest podcasts, ‘The Diary of a CEO’. In 2021 Steven released his debut book, ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’.
In this Sunday Times bestseller, Steven dismantles the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that people have been led to believe, replacing them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that helps people live a truly fulfilled life.
Steven Bartlett, known for his podcast “Diary of a CEO,” has gained significant knowledge and insight into mental health through his personal experiences and his interactions with various guests on his podcast.
Steven Bartlett29-year-old Founder of the social media marketing agency 'Social Chain' and Investor On BBC's "Dragons' Den
Ruby WaxBestselling author, actress and Mental Health Campaigner with a masters in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford
Ruby Wax is both an established comedian and a qualified cognitive therapy expert. Expertly blending neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy, she has authored 3 best-selling books: Sane New World, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, and How to be Human.
Ruby built her comedy career first as an actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then as a writer, interviewer and comedian with the BBC, working on scripts for cult classics such as Absolutely Fabulous.
Driven by her own struggle with bipolar, Ruby attained her Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University in 2013, later gaining an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and becoming a Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey. Ruby Wax has been awarded an OBE for the work she has done in mental health.
Ronan Harrington teaches on the KPMG C-Suite Leadership Programme and advises world leading companies on how to create healthy, high performance cultures.
Ronan reveals the hidden drivers of burnout, and how outdated ways of working put us on a trajectory that harms both health and revenue. He provides the essential skills and tools you need to become truly resilient, built on the latest insights from the neuroscience of resilience.
Ronan teaches the secret formula that winning teams use to perform at peak levels without burning out and losing morale.
Now more than ever, we need guidance on how to keep going in the face of adversity. Ronan’s story is a moving reminder that even most difficult circumstances are an invitation to transform.
Ronan HarringtonResilience Expert with an Inspiring Story of how to Overcome Adversity
Felicity AstonExplorer, Scientist and Author
Felicity Aston, MBE, is a polar explorer, scientist and author. She has broken numerous world records; the first woman to journey across Antartica’s landmass alone, and the only person to have done so using muscle power. During these extreme expeditions, Aston pushes herself both mentally and physically, noting that “the psychological journey is often more interesting than the physical journey itself”.
Aston has spoken about the profound loneliness she experienced traversing Antarctica. For 59 days, Felicity saw no one: not even another life form. Following the pandemic, her tactics for dealing with this isolation, and her insights on reintegrating with society have resonated with many. Her motto ‘just get out the tent,’ encapsulates her personal battle in Antarctica to face, every morning, the -50°C climate outside her tent, and the perseverance we must all call upon in moments of adversity.
In her latest book, “Life Lessons from Explorers”, Aston investigates how 15 famous explorers have shaped the world of leadership and adaptability. By drawing from their experiences, she is able to offer rare insights into the “explorer’s mindset” and why this concept can benefit
Azran Osman-Rani is the founder of Naluri Hidup, a digital health technology company providing a cost-effective, accessible digital solution to provide mental health and wellness support, and help users adopt healthier lifestyle behaviour changes.
This essentially aims to help individuals make healthier lifestyle and behaviour choices – resulting in long-term change – by developing tools coordinated and holistic across the different disciplines.
Azran Osman-RaniRenowned Asian Innovator
Susie WolffCEO & Managing Partner of ROKiT Venturi Racing, Founder of Dare To Be Different, Former F1 Test Driver
Susie Wolff is the CEO and Managing Partner of ROKiT Venturi Racing. In November 2021, she was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Monaco’s only racing team.
Throughout her career, Susie Wolff has pushed the boundaries of women in motor-sports, both on and off the track. Amongst many career highlights, Wolff made history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years. She is the Founder of Dare To Be Different, an organisation dedicated to increasing the intake of women in motorsports. Wolff is also an ambassador for “She’s Mercedes”, a networking platform dedicated to connecting and empowering women to fulfil their potential.
After working in such a high-performance industry for decades, Wolff has come face-to-face with the pressure to perform. She is able to offer valuable insights on motivation, mental health and forging your own path.
Alvine Tremoulet’s background is firmly routed in communication, she is a leading authority on global environmental, social and corporate governance issues. She analyses the current role and scope of influence between corporate communication actors and top executives, on social issues.
Her expertise on inclusion and performance in the workplace is sought-after. Which aligns with her passion for empowering women in business. She has chaired the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and advocates that a leader should constantly question and learn from others. Alvine Tremoulet strives to help individuals realise their optimal potential… and fulfil it.
Alvine TremouletGlobal Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead - Pfizer
Bruce DaisleyFormer European boss of Twitter who has become one of the leading experts on the evolving nature of work
After eight years as Twitter’s European Vice President, Bruce Daisley has become a leading voice on happiness in the workplace and blends actionable insight with neuroscientific wisdom. His book on improving work culture, ‘The Joy of Work’, was the Sunday Times number one business bestseller in spring 2019 as well as runner-up in the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards.
His second book ‘Eat Sleep, Work Repeat’, is a manifesto for an era overwhelmed with work pressures and was written as a follow-up to his chart-topping, Apple number one, business podcast where he interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and workplace experts to understand how we can improve our jobs.
Bruce Daisley’s scientifically based approach, challenges the culture of many workplaces and serves to make work better for everyone.
Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier holds both a PhD and MBA, resulting in a combined approach to workplaces, a mixture of business and clinical expertise.
Therefore, she is able to translate psychology research into strategies that professionals, leaders and teams can understand and effectively implement.
Dr. Pelletier has worked with a Global 500 company and is on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology.
Dr. Marie-Helene PelletierAward-winning Leadership and Workplace Mental Health Expert, Psychologist, Advisor and Speaker
DandapaniEntrepreneur and Former Monk of 10 years
Before dedicating his time to becoming a monk, Dandapani graduated university with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Sivaya Subramuniyaswami – one of Hinduism’s most prominent spiritual leaders in the modern world – guided Dandapani through this journey. This decade long experience involved learning serious personal discipline and training at his guru’s cloistered monastery in Hawaii.
When his vows expired, Dandapani decided to take on New York City with a strong sense of purpose; to help people live a life of joy and purpose. He achieves this by employing tools and teachings Hindu monks have used for centuries.
He has worked with global organisations and has proved to meaningfully motivate audiences, evidently shown in the millions of people who engage with his content.
Arosha Brouwer believes in a future where individuals don’t join companies, they join causes. And that people will increasingly use their talents to contribute to projects that they find meaningful.
Arosha has a penchant for disruptive innovation, new business models and what needs to change in the modus operandi of large corporations.
Her research led her to launch Quan in early 2020, a wellbeing software– where the mission is “to place wellbeing at the heart of success”.
Arosha BrouwerCEO and Co-founder, Quan
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