Mental Health Awareness for Leaders

November 28, 2023 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Coventry Transport Museum
Coventry Transport Museum
Hales Street CV1 1JD
Mental Health Awareness for Leaders @ Coventry Transport Museum

Build awareness of the challenges of maintaining good mental well-being in the museum workplace and how we can all support each other.

Tuesday 28 November 2023, 9.30am-16.30pm Coventry Transport Museum, Hales Street CV1 1JD

(Bookings Close: 10 November 2023)

[This session is the all day session for Museum Leaders. If you are not a leader, please book on to the morning only session : “Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace” with this link]

Mental Health Awareness for Leaders in the Workplace

Life has been very different since March 2020.

The impact of COVID-19, the cost of living and energy crisis, and ongoing funding and staffing cuts have affected us all, not just in the way we work but also in our day to day lives, our colleagues, friends, and family.

It’s been a tough time.

All of this can have an impact on our physical and mental well-being.

West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD), Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) and ted Learning are partnering to help build awareness of the challenges of maintaining good mental well-being and how we can all support each other.

Morning Session: Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace, 9:30am-12:30pm

The morning session is open to anyone who wants to build a greater awareness of mental health.

The workshop aims to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and consider the language we use when referring to poor mental health and appreciate the impact this has. The workshop will explore what steps we can all take to help promote openness about mental health.

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

• Understand what we mean when talking about mental health

• Identify examples of helpful and unhelpful language and the potential impact of both

• Recognise one thing you can do to encourage more openness when discussing mental health

• Explain what support mechanisms are in place and be able to describe the referral process if you or a colleague are experiencing mental health problems

Afternoon Session: Mental Health and Your Role as a Leader, 1:30pm-4:30pm

This workshop is designed specifically for anyone with managerial or leadership roles in a museum; team leaders, supervisors, volunteer managers or trustees, whether paid or voluntary.

The workshop aims to enable leaders to confidently engage in conversations with those colleagues they suspect may be suffering from mental health problems, by developing the appropriate supportive skills and behaviours.

The workshop with help you to understand what you can do as a leader to proactively create a mentally healthy workplace.

This workshop builds on the learning from the morning session. Therefore, leaders must have also attended the morning’s Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace Workshop.

End of the end of the workshop you will be able to:

• Understand the personal barriers that may prevent you from engaging in conversations with team members you suspect may be suffering from mental health problems

• List the skill and behaviour required to confidently engage in a supportive conversation about mental health

• Demonstrate the skills and behaviours and develop the confidence to engage in conversations with colleagues or volunteers who may be suffering from mental health issues

Maximum two delegates per organisation. Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the East Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation. This event is being delivered in partnership with West Midlands Museum Development. Museums based in the West Midlands can book their place here

Dietary Requirements

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please let us know any allergies or dietary requirements on the booking form when you book your place.


The workshops will take place in the Starley Suite of Coventry Transport Museum. The suite is on the first floor of the building, for which there is lift access. The conferencing suite itself is all on one level (no steps) and all doors have wheelchair access. Please note, this area does not possess a hearing loop. [standard wording around access requirements]

If you would benefit from any adjustment or support for accessibility, please answer ‘yes’ to the access requirements question on the booking form and email the MDEM team ( as early as possible with the adjustment you require.

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