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Friday, 17 March 2017

Mental Health Matters

A Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 10th Anniversary Satellite Event In Aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity (registered charity No1146420) 6pm for 6.30pm on Thursday 30 March 2017 St Stephen Walbrook, City of London, EC4N 4BN.

Mental ill health touches every one of us in one way or another. Whether personally, professionally or through friends and family. One in six UK adults experienced episodes related to a common mental disorder in the past week. The damage that can be caused from out-of-control stress, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression - a by no means an exhaustive list - is never too far away from us.

Following the recent launch of the first Institute of Directors Mental Health Strategy, IoD City is proud to bring together leading authorities and the pioneers of workplace mental health programmes to share their experience, insights and wellbeing guidance with our members and guests. St Stephen Walbrook, our host venue for the evening, is also the birthplace of Samaritans, the charity set up by Chad Varah over sixty years ago to provide listening and emotional support for people in distress.

Our Speakers:

Felicity Varah Harding is an ambassador for Samaritans and the daughter of their founder, Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH, CBE. She has a long and varied career in social and therapeutic work and has performed various roles within the voluntary and charitable sectors - including with Voluntary Service Overseas in Anguilla, a non-executive role for National Victim Support and trustee and later Chair of Vision Aid Overseas. Felicity is a member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and will become Master of the Company in 2017/18.

The Reverend Sally Muggeridge is curate of St Stephen Walbrook. A former Chief Executive of the Industry and Parliament Trust, she has skills and professional recognition in both marketing and human resource development. Sally has worked at Board level in several major international plcs
including British Telecom, Cable and Wireless, Pearson and Total. She served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors in 2013/14 and is Chaplain to the Lady Masters Association.

John Binns is a Non-Executive Director with the City Mental Health Alliance and Vice Chair and Trustee of Mind. A former Partner with Deloitte, he is now nationally and internationally recognised as an independent advisor to high perfromance organisations and individuals on mental health, wellbeing, and personal resilience. John is a qualified CBT coach.

Colonel (Retd) Simon Diggins OBE served for over 36 years in the British Army from 1978 to 2014 after which he was a Director of Strategy and Campaign Consulting before joining the NHS in 2016. He is currently a Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services Manager at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Simon will be speaking on the work of the London Veterans Service. This
is a free NHS Mental Service for all ex-service members of the British Armed Forces living in or
registered with a GP in London. The Service also supports veterans who have served in the Reserved Forces.

Net proceeds from the event will be donated to The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2017 in aid of ABF The Soldiers Charity. Ticket price per person is £30 (inclusive of VAT of £5.00) for members and £36 (inclusive of VAT of £6.00) for non-members. Dress code is business wear. Bookings may be made via the IoD website


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