Beyond Stress Management: From Stigma to Solutions

Stress Awareness Day
Online Summit Programme
1 November 2023

The 2023 programme has something for everyone with an interest in stress management, mental health, wellbeing and workplace performance

Event Schedule

Stress Awareness Day Programme Summary




To access information about scheduled events, please follow these instructions:


1. Click the arrow on the right. This will open to a list of events.


2. Click on the arrow on the right-hand side of each event to reveal an overview of each event and details of the speakers.

09:00 - 09:10

by Alastair Greener

Live Address

Introduction by Alastair Greener, TV Presenter and Founder, Present Yourself Training

09:10 - 09:15

by Carole Spiers

Live Address

Welcome from Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK; Founder, International Stress Awareness Week; CEO, Carole Spiers Group

09:30 - 10:30
Session 1
Why Do Men Find It Hard to Talk About Their Mental Health?

Overcoming Male Stereotypes and Focusing on Early Intervention


By Simon Hawtrey-Woore (Moderator)

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live Event Moderated by Simon Hawtrey-Woore

It’s a fact that men are reluctant to talk about mental health and less inclined to seek support for mental health concerns. This pattern can be attributed to several factors, but notably the enduring stigma surrounding mental health issues and the persistence of the traditional 'strong male' stereotype in our society - men are often expected to be the breadwinners and to be strong, dominant and in control. This stereotype suggests that displaying emotions or seeking help might be interpreted as a sign of weakness, discouraging men from openly addressing their mental health needs. As a society, we need to promote awareness, challenge stereotypes, provide accessible resources, and normalise seeking help to address men's reluctance to seek mental health support.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the experts

Sponsored by MANUP?

logo Manup?
  • Russ Kane, Men’s Radio Station

  • Ruth Pott, BAM UK & IRE

  • Dan Somers, MANUP?

  • Jim Pollard, Men’s Health Forum

11:30 - 12:30
Session 2
Why Conversations About Money Are So Difficult

Breaking down the social taboos around money, finance, and wellbeing


By Mike Segall (Moderator)

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live Event Moderated by Mike Segall, serial entrepreneur and mental health first aider

The stigma around financial wellbeing means many endure their financial burden silently, fearing judgement from others. This stigma not only isolates those in need but also hampers open conversations about finances. But financial stress has an impact on mental wellbeing and mental wellbeing can affect how we earn and manage our money. This can become a vicious circle with no way out. What impact could an increase in financial wellbeing have and how can leaders support the 68% of UK employees who say they wouldn’t tell their employer about personal money worries or feel able to talk about money? By breaking down the stigma surrounding financial issues, we can foster a more empathetic and understanding society, where people feel comfortable seeking assistance to overcome their challenges.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the experts

  • Ian Dempsey, The MoneyMan

  • Charlie Goodman, Institute for Financial Wellbeing

  • Ryan Briggs, FinWELL

  • Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

13:00 - 14:00
Session 3
Using the Power of Music to Reduce Stress and Improve Wellbeing

A discussion with musicians and other experts, plus a specially selected playlist


By Nick Woodeson (Moderator)

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live Event Moderated by Nick Woodeson

Music acts as a powerful aid in alleviating stress and improving our mental and emotional wellbeing. It can impact favourably on stress levels, whether we’re listening to or participating in music, helping us reduce stress and achieve a positive state of mind. Much more may be possible if the restorative powers of music are harnessed to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. Our experts will explore some of the research supporting the beneficial effects of music, share fascinating insights about the effect of music on wellbeing and demonstrate how different types of music can suit specific purposes. As our playlist will show, these include calming reflection, re-energising, and stimulating positive emotions.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the experts

  • Ursula Smith, cellist and trainer

  • Gábor Birta, opera singer

  • Laura Westcott, Founder, Music for Mental Wealth

15:00 - 16:00
Session 4
A Father and Daughter Journey with Bipolar Disorder

with Mike Segall, Eleanor Segall Mandelstam

By Lizzie Hermann-Bonner (Moderator)

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live event moderated by Lizzie Hermann-Bonner

After nine years of cyclical mania and depression Mike was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder 1 in 2000 at the age of 44. Only four years later in 2004, aged just 16, his daughter Eleanor received the same diagnosis. As father and daughter, Mike and Eleanor are on a mission to educate, explain and give hope to those suffering from bipolar disorder by speaking publicly about their journeys and experiences. In this webinar you will learn how talking about it helps, why therapy and medication is vital, how to recognise the signs of mania and depression in others and how to strive and thrive despite mental health issues.

This is your opportunity to put questions to Mike and Eleanor

  • Eleanor Segall Mandelstam MA Hons, Author and mental health blogger

  • Mike Segall, Serial entrepreneur, mental health first aider

17:00 - 18:00
Session 5
Navigating the Future of Work

Balancing Technology, AI, and Employee Wellbeing in the Evolving Workplace


By David Briscombe (Moderator)

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live Event Moderated by David Briscombe

The dynamic nature of our world means it is in constant evolution, posing a perpetual challenge for employees and others striving to keep pace. This ever-shifting environment significantly impacts individuals within the business environment. In this session, we will delve into emerging trends in working practices, technology and AI and how they are affecting people in today’s workplace. There is a need to devise strategies that will reduce stress and enable effective management of this ceaselessly changing landscape. By attempting to discern what lies ahead for the future of work, we can find ways of equipping individuals with the tools to thrive in transformative times.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the Experts

  • Charotte Kemp, The Futures Alchemist

  • Nick McClelland, Champion Health

  • Asia Sharif, Tech Influencer

  • Tony Reeves, Digitising Defence, Deloitte UK.

18:30 - 19:30
Getting to know you

Free to attend

Live Networking Event moderated by Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK

Come and meet other delegates

19:30 - 19:45
Just one more thing

Live Event

with Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK; ISMAUK Ambassadors and members of the ISMAUK A-Team

ISMAUK Ambassadors and members of the ISMAUK A-Team join Carole to bring Stress and Awareness Day 2023 to an end, picking up on stories, insights, learnings and experiences.

'“Stress manifests itself in many facets of people’s lives and statistics show that stress and mental health-related issues are increasing since the pandemic. Therefore, we need to amplify our efforts to address these issues, seeking to reduce their adverse effects, as well as the stigma that continues to attach to them. I am delighted that ISMAUK are redoubling their efforts in these areas, and the Online Stress Summit they are holding on the 25th anniversary of Stress Awareness Day will shine a spotlight on some of today’s key topics, including men’s mental health, the social taboos around money, finance and wellbeing, and the impact of technology and AI on people in the workplace. Please support their efforts by spreading the word and attending these helpful sessions.”
  Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE

buy tickets logo