Zoom in: Carole Spiers, Founder, International Stress Awareness Week

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Carole Spiers is the Founder of International Stress Awareness Week. In 2020, this is running from 2nd to 6th November. It is focused on managing stress and mental health issues in the age of COVID-19.

Carole is also Chair of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). In this role, she is the driving force behind the Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit. The Summit is running every day from 2nd – 6th November. It has a prestigious lineup of speakers, including Lord Mark Price, Professor Sir Cary Cooper and Rachel Perkins OBE.

In this five minute video interview, Carole shares thoughts around the changing profile of mental health as a result of COVID-19. We also discuss the joint responsibility of employers and employees, and how we can collaboratively keep workplace mental health and wellbeing on the national and international agenda.

For more insights about how employers can support workplace mental health and wellbeing throughout the pandemic and beyond, check out the MAD World sessions on demand at MADFlix.

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Carole stresses the importance of communication. You can also read more about the crucial role of internal communications in this article by Renee O’Drobinak.

In this interview, Dan Willis, Co-founder of digital mental health platform Well Good also echos some of Carole’s points. He argues that ‘open door’ policies are no longer enough. So, it’s time for employees to take active roles and hold business to account.

About the author

Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for the MAD World and Make a Difference Summits. She also drives the content for Make A Difference News. Claire is on a mission. She wants to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times

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