Let’s Talk Disability and Mental Health: Small details undermining big diversity policies

Event Date: 18 April 2018

Wednesday 18 April 2018, 10.30am-4.30pm – St George’s Hall, North Entrance, St George’s Place, Liverpool, L1 1JJ.

This conference is hosted by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). With the recent developments around disability equality, discrimination, and intersectionality, this conference aims to bring together experts in the field of disability equality, mental health and wellbeing to debate the key issues. Participants are expected to leave with tangible solutions and ideas for change in their various organisations as they work to promote inclusivity and respect for all.

With increasing number of calendar days lost to sickness absence and stress, as part of the day, the speakers and audience will explore and debate how managers, lecturers and organisations can better support staff and students to ensure they have a sense of belonging, enjoy work or studies and contribute their part. The debate will also consider whether or not the Equality Act 2010 has delivered on Disability Equality and Mental Health.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Conference Chair: Gary Graham, Deputy Chief Executive, Academic Enhancement
  • Opening speech: Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing for Public Health
  • Professor Val Williams, Professor of Disability Studies, University of Bristol
  • Francesca Martinez, Comedian, Speaker, Actress, Writer
  • Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton and Chair, Disabled Student Sector Leadership Group
  • Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive, Student Minds
  • Ruth Gould MBE, Director of DaDaFest, Canon of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and a Fellow of LJMU


Let’s Talk Disability and Mental Health Event Programme

To book a place at this conference, visit the LJMU Online Conference Shop.

For any enquiries, contact LJMU’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team via email at DisabilityEvent2018@ljmu.ac.uk.

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