Time: 14:50 - 15:15
In conversation with Geoff McDonald...
Changing The Lens On Mental Health
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns
in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.
He has written eleven books in the past eight years, including six volumes of diaries, three novels, a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness, and most recently Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport.
He has for many years been chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain's main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes. A former "Mind Champion of the Year", he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country's only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services in the 2005 spending review.
In October 2008 Alastair broadcast an award-winning one hour documentary on BBC2 about his own breakdown in 1986. Both the film, Cracking Up, and All In The Mind, won considerable praise from mental health charities and campaign groups for helping to break down the taboo surrounding mental health, leading to his election as Mind Champion of the Year award in May 2009.
No one, and no organisation, is immune to mental illness.
Alastair Campbell, Writer and Former Spokesperson for Tony Blair, and Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP for HR at Unilever will both share their personal stories about the mental health challenges in their lives.
In an interactive discussion with Dr Alan Watkins, Founder and CEO of Complete Coherence, they will explore the stigma and narrative around mental health.
They will share their experiences and talk about the changes required in order to create a mentally healthy workplace. There will be the opportunity to ask questions.