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Mental Health in the Workplace SEMINAR

Workplace strategies to improve mental wellbeing to enhance organisational performance and productivity


31 October 2017
River Club, Cape Town

Mental illness is more prevalent than many employers realise.

Research indicates that job stressors and other related psychological hazards are emerging as the leading contributors to the burden of occupational disease and injury. The fast changing environment as well as the political and economic uncertainty employees find themselves in also has a bearing on mental distress. In South Africa, the absenteeism and presentism productivity losses associated with mental health issues are estimated at 28 days a year for anxiety disorders and 27 days per year for depression. The costs associated with poor mental health gives the business case for dealing with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This unique and timely conference will thus serve as an important platform for the exchange of new ideas and applications as well as best practice examples and innovative ways in identifying and managing a range of mental health issues in the workplace. The programme is designed to assist organisations in reducing stigma and bias on mental health as well as unpack strategies, frame works and models for implementation back in the workplace.

No other event offers an in-depth exploration of mental health in the workplace – new ideas, practical guidance, essential research – this event has it all!

Register and reap a tangible reward of reduced costs and high performance and productivity in your organisation.


  • Hear from organisations leading the way in workplace wellbeing, reducing stigma and bias on mental illness in the workplace
  • Find out from mental health experts and recognised practitioners on the risks associated with mental health and how to manage them across your organisation
  • Benefit from inspirational advice developed through lived experience
  • Discover how to implement various well-being strategies
  • Network and share ideas with other professionals
  • Explore strategies to reduce absenteeism and presentism costs of mental health issues in the workplace
  • Learn how to respond effectively to trauma in the workplace


The Mental health in the workplace conference represents a critical platform for all South African organisations to explore their duty of care to their employees. As such, a wide range of HR practitioners, line managers, organisational and clinical psychologists, counsellors, as well as group wellness specialists and professionals within the mental health arena will be in attendance. Presentations will be appropriate for organisations across all sectors.

For more information about the Seminar, please contact Busie Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.




Registration and Morning refreshments


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Marisa Farinha-Lloyd, CEO, Mindful Revolution


The paradox of management – how to manage mental health issues with care and  concern and productivity at the same time

Dr Tony Davidson, Organisational Health Specialist

Siham Boda, Commercial and Workplace Mediator and Facilitator

10:15 – 10:45 Morning tea break

10:45 – 11:30

Mental health and the Labour law

Jason Whyte, Director, Norton Rose Fullbright

11:30- 12:15

Embracing anxiety

An Bakkes, Author, Agile Coach, Trainer & Facilitator  

12:15- 13:00

Case study: Organisational well-being: raising awareness on Wellbeing, reducing stigma and providing tools your organisation can use to create a mentally healthy workplace

Gerda Holmes, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Vodacom

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30

Experiential Mindful practice: Reimagine yourself and build your resilience

Steven Heyman, Mindfulness Facilitator, Mindful Revolution

14:30 – 15:15

Walking the high wire: practical strategies for managing an acute mental health crisis in the workplace 

Judith Ancer, Clinical Psychologist, Shrink rap

15:15 - 15:30 Afternoon tea break

15:30- 16:15

Discussing the various frameworks and models for working with mental health in the workplace

Navlika Ratangee, Operations Director, ICAS SA

16:15 Close of Seminar


Jason Whyte, Director, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc
Jason is an employment and labour lawyer based in Cape Town. Jason has been specialising in labour related matters since admission in 1998. Jason has extensive experience litigating for, and appearing on behalf of clients, in the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Industry Bargaining Councils as well as the Labour and Labour Appeal Courts. Jason is a former President of the Western Cape Chapter of the South African Society for Labour Law and sits on the Cape Law Society and Law Society of South Africa specialist committees for labour law. He has acted as a Judge in the Labour Court. Jason obtained a BA LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and a LLM from the University in Stellenbosch.
Tony Davidson, Organisational Health Consultant
Tony has been bridging the gap between medicine and the workplace as an organisational health specialist for the past 20 years. His key aim is to help clients – both employers and employees reap the benefits of health as well as deal with the ramifications of illness in the workplace. Exposure to many challenges over many years in a broad range of sectors, has led to the development of a pragmatic approach to deal with those perplexing issues where performance has been impacted by physcial and emotional conditions. Down-to-earth training programmes based on this experience have been developed to help HR help managers and supervisors deal with these sometimes bewildering issues. Tony has been a contributor to a number of books on implementing health and wellness programmes in the workplace - including The Role of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
Marisa Farinha-Lloyd, CEO, Mindful Revolution
Marisa’s work across diverse contexts and business environments have shaped her expertise as a solution designer and facilitator of high impact, mindfulness based experiential processes and leadership coaching. Having qualified as a Social Worker, Marisa spent her early career working with youth, with a particular focus on gangs, their role in communities, mediating between rival gang members and dealing with trauma due to gang violence. After having worked intensively as a Social Worker for 8 years, she reached a tipping point in her personal experience of burnout. The experience and insights she gained from her journey to recovering from burnout inspired her to create the Woodlands Spa and Centre for Conscious Living in Muldersdrift, Gauteng. During this time, she developed a body of work with her colleague Dr Ela Manga focusing on energy management for individuals, leaders and teams. Her work in this arena formed part of two Masters Research Thesis and crystallized her approach to organizational engagement and burnout in leadership and employees. Her role at Deloitte Consulting provided Marisa with the opportunity to digitize this energy management approach into a business-to-staff-solution. She has also contributed greatly to Deloitte’s Greenhouse, a highly innovative environment designed to create breakthrough’s for teams. Her work is underpinned by her training with the Presencing Institute (MIT) where she has a Master Level accreditation in Theory U a framework for mindfulness, sense-making and creativity.
AN BAKKES Author, Master Coach, Facilitator & Agile Coach
An is a pilgrim of life that spends her time engaging with her passions. These passions include life and business coaching, interactive workshops, facilitation and conversations that shape people, organisations and the world. She holds an MPhil (Management Coaching), BCom (Sports Management) and is a Certified Agile professional (ICAgile). An’s corporate journey includes executive and senior management roles as well as managing mergers and acquisitions. An brings versatility and insight that stretches across disciplines, knowledge domains and different industries. An does what she calls “Portfolio Living”. These portfolio’s include: Life and Business Coaching, Coaching Entrepreneurial enterprises, Agile coaching and team transformation, facilitation and training.
Siham Boda, Commercial and Workplace Mediator and Facilitator
Siham is an admitted advocate of the high court as well as an internationally accredited commercial and workplace mediator. She runs an advisory practice where she uses her diverse experience in a variety of sectors to assist clients with managing conflict through negotiation and mediation practices. Siham has designed a training programme for workplace mediation for the Law society of South Africa as she believes using the appropriate dispute resolution option leads to a more ideal management of organisational conflict.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


31 October 2017 - Mental Health in the Workplace Seminar
R4 100.00 excl. VAT

Please note:

  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
SETA grants and accreditation requirements
Many of our delegates enquire about the accreditation of our events. There is a misconception that organisations qualify for SETA grants only for accredited programmes. This is not correct. The payment of SETA grants is regulated by the Government Gazette, no. 9867, Vol. 570, 3 December 2012, no. 35940. These Regulations clearly state that the SETAs “must allocate a mandatory grant to a levy paying employer” that has submitted a WSP and ATR by the regulated date, has provided all the information required in the regulated template, and is up to date with skills levy payments. Furthermore, the template in the Regulations (Section C: Skills Development) allows employers to include ALL planned training in the report; not only accredited programmes.
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  • Special discount for registered NPO’s, small businesses (30 or less employees) & full-time lecturers at universities – contact us for more information!


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