What is your background in mental wellbeing?

I studied Mindfulness at Bangor University, one of the UK’s leading training providers in Mindfulness, and with a strong focus on subtractive psychology, I believe that we all have the capacity for wellbeing.

I am an Executive and Transformation coach and I have been working with people and companies internationally for over a decade, supporting them to get the best out of themselves and their people whilst improving wellbeing.

It is important to make the distinction between mental wellbeing and mental health. At Auxilium we focus on mental wellbeing and performance, in order to prevent Mental ‘ill’ health.

The change occurs when a shift in mindset and an increase in clarity is achieved.

My clients are predominantly from the corporate world, where I deliver bespoke seminars and one-on-one coaching programmes that create impact through a change in mindset.

Since arriving in Gibraltar at the end of 2017, I have been working with local companies that place a high value on their people’s wellbeing and experience of work, and I have been fortunate enough to become involved with local charities CYE-CYL and GibSams, supporting them in the invaluable work they do for the community.

What led you to creating this event; what is the goal behind it?

Through my work on increasing people’s mental wellbeing, I regularly witness incredible changes in people without the need to change their circumstances or situation. Throughout my programmes, change occurs for people at different stages; however, the change occurs when a shift in mindset and an increase in clarity is achieved which impacts people’s effectiveness at work, their personal lives and overall wellbeing.

The capacity and human potential for shifting the mind and creating positive change is limitless and demonstrates that living one’s desired life is available to each and every one of us.

I have experienced first-hand the misunderstanding about what gets in the way of wellbeing and high performance and the need for an open dialog around mental wellbeing at work that is focused on positive, person-centred solutions.

Some companies have strategies and policies in place, some don’t. Some are very proactive in supporting their people before it becomes a necessity some are more focused on providing a safety net when things become difficult.

This event is to bring leaders together, to inspire other companies to do more of what works, learn from one another and raise awareness of ways to create better futures for all of us at work, in our personal lives and in the community as a whole.

What will the event consist of?

The conversation around mental wellbeing can be muddied with stigma and preconceptions at times, and some leaders may feel fearful of getting it wrong. This event will clear up some of those stigmas and preconceptions and will invite attendees to consider tried and tested approaches that will be provided through an open dialogue.

The format will be a panel discussion between leaders from various local companies, and will specifically focus on why it is important to support all employees, including senior people, and the different approaches that can be taken – their effectiveness and outcomes will be openly discussed and shared.

Each of the panelists has valuable experience and insights to share which will provide ideas and inspiration for other companies and their leaders to consider when creating and implementing solutions that are aligned with their company’s mission and values.

There will be drinks and canapés served before and after to provide an opportunity to network and continue the conversation.

Living one’s desired life is available to each and every one of us.

Do you think mental wellbeing at work is a big problem in Gibraltar?

Mental wellbeing is a hot topic across the globe as mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and estimated at costing £105.2 billion a year.

It affects companies bottom line, people’s personal experience of work and life, and often extends to affect the whole family.

I have been working across the UK and Germany, but since working in Gibraltar I have been thrilled to see the large number of companies and leaders that take the wellbeing of their people seriously, placing it as one of their top priorities and recognising the connection between the wellbeing of their people and the value it creates for their company.

There are already many companies in Gibraltar that are leading the way with a preventative, solution-focused and person-centred approach.

I see the opportunity for Gibraltar to lead on this globally, and this event is to inspire and connect leaders that want to drive forward positive change to improve wellbeing and performance.

How can this event help the issue?

I am privileged to witness incredible changes in people that have a positive knock-on impact on those around them both at work and at home. I also get to see the changes it creates for companies increasing employee retention, reducing absenteeism and improving overall performance. This event will openly share real examples and depict some of the great things achieved by companies and their people.

Mental wellbeing can be muddied with stigma.

If more companies are inspired to support their people in a proactive, preventative, solution-focused and person-centred way, it will create more positive change in the local community and economy through reduced absence/presenteeism, increased engagement, positive outlook, commitment and drive, whilst increasing people’s quality of life and work overall.

If the event inspires one leader to consider how they take care of their people and support one person to the point where their life is positively impacted, the event has been a success in my view – changing lives one person at a time and transforming the way they work and live as they do so is very much the mantra of Auxilium.

I see the opportunity for Gibraltar to lead on this globally.

In addition, the event is supporting GibSams to highlight the important work they do on the side of suicide prevention. All proceeds of the event will go to our chosen charity CYE-CYL, a fairly new local charity doing incredible work in supporting the young people of Gibraltar with life skills, and resilience to achieve increased wellbeing.

This event will take place on Wednesday 23. October, 6pm at the World Trade Centre. Tickets are limited and are available on buytickets.gi.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact kerstin@auxilium-ctc.com.