How to build a happy team

Free Online Workshop | Wednesday, 31 July 2019 | 4:00pm BST (London), 11:00am EDT (New York)

Happy teams are the foundation of a productive and high performing public service. Yet significant numbers of public servants are taking time off for mental health reasons (nearly half of the UK’s public sector), and the WHO estimates that $1 trillion in productivity is lost every year due to mental health issues in the workplace.

As an individual public servant you have an important role to play. You spend 40 hours a week or more with your colleagues and can contribute significantly to their wellbeing and to team culture. Do you know what impact you are having and how to improve it?

Hear how our expert panellists have successfully changed internal culture to improve mental health, how you can be part of and build a happy team, and what comes within your responsibility as a colleague. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and hear from other public servants.

Our panel:

  • Poppy Jaman OBE is the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a co-founder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and non-executive director on the board of Public Health England. As CEO of MHFAE, Poppy grew this small government project into a nationally successful community interest company. She has named by the Secretary of State as one of England’s top mental health experts.
  • Debra Lerner is a Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Medicine at Tufts University and has served as advisor for multiple employee health programs for the US government – including the US Veterans Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and Social Security Administration Disability Programs. She is the founder and director of the Program on Health, Work and Productivity. Debra is also a lead of the Be Well at Work program.


The webinar will be presented by Apolitical with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Global Ideas Fund at CAF America. (The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.) It is open to all participants from the public service, civil society, and academia. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the event.