BIMA Hangouts – Protecting Mental Health in a Crisis

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BIMA Hangouts – A practical, forward thinking & interactive session focusing on the challenges presented by the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Online Only Event: We will send you a meeting link once you sign up .

In these sessions you’ll be able to access expert support and advice to help you manage the next few weeks/months successfully.


This week, as the implications of coronavirus continue to take their toll, how can you protect your own and your team’s mental health?

In our third BIMA Hangouts session,our Inclusion and Diversity Council members – Dan Willis (Co-founder, Well Good) and Ross Taylor (Founder at Hidden) will answer your questions, and explore issues including:

• Coping strategies for crisis

• How to spot signs of stress in others – and yourself

• Employer responsibilities

• Practical steps to improve your mental wellbeing

• Techniques to survive the mental stress of self-isolation or lockdown


Just understanding your options can help you to stay one step ahead. Our Hangouts sessions will cut through the rumour and misinformation and arm you with practical information you can put to work in your business.

Our Hosts :

Dan Willis, Co- Founder at Well Good

Recognised within the BIMA100 as someone shaping the British digital industry, Dan has consistently delivered award winning brand and marketing strategies to global brand and charity clients, leads Well Good’s growth and is Strategy Director for the one of the South of England’s first BCorp accredited digital agencies, Studio Republic.

He is an influential mental health campaigner and Ambassador for the charity Mind, working to improve wellness provision in the workplace, particularly in the digital industry.

Kate Rand, Group Employee Experience & Inclusion Director at Beyond

Kate is the Group Employee Experience & Inclusion Director for International design and technology agency, Beyond. She passionately believes that DE&I is not a competitive advantage, and to support the wider creative and tech sector in driving this, she has started up the HumanHR meet up, which has been running for the last year and a half. She has also been instrumental in the creation of the Belong frameworks, which have been open-sourced so that the sector may begin to build on the same foundation and put the effort into iterating on a common solution such as a principles-based flexible working program, rather than reinventing the wheel.

Her team at Beyond has won several awards over the last two years around their innovating approach to D&I, and she is personally very passionate about Mental health and wellbeing in the industry.

Her belief is that creating a space of belonging begins with people process created through “equity inspired design”, giving people the agency to make a difference, and empowering them to focus their energy on their crafts. All the while, knowing they have the equity and the support they need to be their best selves.

Ross Taylor, Founder at Hidden

After 15 years in agency recruitment, Ross realised things needed to change. In June 2018, with co-founder Richard Bloom, Hidden was born to change the game. With the mission to create talent and culture strategies for a better working world, Hidden puts people at the centre of its decision making whilst providing a service that pushes Diversity. The business works with leading digital, creative and technology businesses from the inside; placing Talent Acquisition Partners onsite, building more Diverse and effective teams from within, all powered by Hidden’s unique mobile app which completely removes bias from the hiring process whilst increasing efficiency.

Alongside running Hidden, the business partners went on to found Pairents in April 2019, a job sharing platform that challenges the notoriously unwelcoming nature of the digital and tech industry to returning parents who require a more flexible way of working.

Ross is passionate about mental health and promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2020
10:00 - 11:00


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