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'Health, wellbeing and productivity: How can we ensure a productive and happy workforce in the era of covid-19 and beyond?'

Wednesday 4th November, 2020 11am

In collaboration with the Health GRP, Professor Swaran Singh and Dr Lena AlKhudairy will discuss their work on the impact mental health has on work and productivity in this webinar. Furthermore, this talk will also examine the role employers have in the mental health of their employees.

Webinar recoding coming soon!

Presenter Biographies and Presentation Topics

'The wealth of a nation is the mental health of its youth'

Professor Swaran Singh

This talk will cover the different ways in which mental health and employment interact, especially in young people with emerging mental disorders.

Swaran's research has mainly been health services oriented, with focus on early psychosis, somatisation, and deliberate self-harm, cultural and ethnic factors in mental illness, mental health law, transitions and medical education. Over time he has become more interested in youth and minority mental health problems in the context of service configuration and delivery, with particular focus on improving access to care and outcomes. He was appointed Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at the University of Warwick in March 2006, he is also the Centre Director for the Centre for Mental Health and well being and is a thematic lead for Mental Health in the Health GRP.


In this talk, summarising the latest evidence, some of which has been generated by the Warwick team, the webinar will make a social, clinical and economic case for better funding of mental health services in general and the need for employers to prioritise the mental wellbeing of their employees.

Dr Lena Al-Khudairy is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director in Health Technology Assessment within the Warwick Evidence Group at the Warwick Medical School. She is part of the rapid response to policy group in Applied Research Collaboration Wes Midlands. Her research interests are broadly in the areas of lifestyle factors and chronic conditions.