The Mad World Summit is the largest global conference and exhibition dedicated to making a difference to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It features 70+ world-leading, cross-industry speakers, 40 exhibitors, 12 roundtables and 6 workshops

Mad World will take place on 9 October 2019, the day before World Mental Health Day, at 133 Houndsditch in Central London.

Following the successful launch of the event in 2018, The Summit will cater to the evolving information needs of employers who want to make a real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation.

Not only is there a huge human cost of poor mental health at work, looking after the mental health of employees makes business sense. Organisations that are taking the lead with this agenda identify a potential return to business ranging from £1.50 to £250 for every £1.oo invested in workplace mental health and wellbeing programmes. 

Yet, while leading companies are making progress implementing effective mental health and wellbeing strategies, many are struggling to maintain momentum or even get started.

With four dedicated industry tracks of Engagement, Culture & Talent, Leadership, The Future and SMEs, the Mad World Summit will open its doors to 1000+ delegates and visitors looking for cross-sector collaboration. The event features unparalleled opportunities for real-time, cross-sector knowledge-exchange with: inspiring keynotes; insightful case studies; interactive roundtables; practical workshops; and a curated exhibition of leading mental health and wellbeing solution providers, including:

  • A collaboration with Ruby Wax’s Frazzled Cafe charity to create the de-Frazzled zone where attendees will be able to recharge and gather their thoughts.
  • “Harnessing the power of business” panel discussion chaired by Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer, Financial Times which aims to help attendees achieve board-room buy-in for their mental health and wellbeing strategy. 
  • Forward-looking sessions giving insight into workplace mental health and wellbeing developments on the horizon
  • Findings from research into what different generations want from a workplace mental health and wellbeing strategy 

The Summit will convene a range of commercial leaders: from C-suite to line managers and next-generation leadership teams; from SMEs to FTSE 100 companies. It will feature insights – both from leaders in established industries and from bold disruptors who are setting a new benchmark for workplace culture. Speakers include Ian Stuart, MD HSBC UK Bank; Huw Edwards, BBC News anchor and Peter Cheese, CEO CIPD, as well as former CEO of Virgin Money, Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia. Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls will share his perspective as part of a closing keynote session.

Co-Founding Partner, Simon Berger said: “This is a collaborative mission – bringing different people and institutions together working towards a shared goal: to completely eradicate the stigma around mental health in the workplace. We want to shift the conversation about mental health – so it becomes as normal as discussing your physical health, or weekend plans. Mad World Summit is totally solutions-focused and this year is all about showing people how to ‘’walk the walk’’ to ensure we create sustainable and systemic change across all places of work around the globe!’’

Co-Founding partner Mark Pigou added: “Our aim is to make a difference to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by reinforcing the momentum that is building and focusing on clear forward-looking goals. This year we are highlighting holistic strategies that support mental, physical, financial and social wellbeing. We are also encouraging more finance leaders to recognise the fact that supporting mental health and wellbeing makes clear business sense”. 

Event sponsors include Unmind, Heatlhshield, Cirkularis8, Lifeworks and Rising Vibe

The Full Agenda can be found HERE

Access to Press Pass can be found HERE

About Mad World 

The Mad World Summit is a global conference and exhibition dedicated to making a difference to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It’s a unique event where early movers and visionary pioneers are working together both to advance the agenda and engage new voices. The event title Mad World Summit reflects the colloquial “mad world” saying, conveying a sense of turbulent change. It alludes to the challenges associated with the way in which mental illnesses have traditionally been perceived, while acknowledging the millennial openness and sense of playfulness.

Other features that will set the event apart include:

  • The topics addressed will include:
  • Turning talk into action: best practice case studies
  • Workplace wellbeing through the lens of mental health: a whole-person, preventative approach
  • The state of the nation: the now and next of thriving at work
  • Setting a mental health and wellbeing strategy based on the needs of your organisation
  • The culture challenge: embedding an open culture in the organisation
  • Finding creative ways to tackle SMEs’ challenges around supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • The art of active listening
  • Creating and implementing inclusive mental health strategies
  • Bridging the gap between financial wellbeing and mental health in the workplace
  • Getting and maintaining boardroom buy-in: the business case for mental health and wellbeing
  • Assessing the effectiveness of mental health and wellbeing strategies
  • The leaders of the future: understanding the needs of the next generation entering the workforce
  • Digital innovation: finding and implementing the right solutions for your workplace
  • Evolving regulations: legal clarity
  • Maintaining momentum and moving to the next level of implementation
  • Going global with mental health and wellbeing strategies
  • Key trends, emerging practice and exciting ideas driving future innovation that will enable attendees to stay ahead of the curve and future proof their strategies
  • This is the only event that will bring all levels of management to the conversation
  • The opportunity to meet cutting edge solution providers