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Priory specialists address professionals on mental health issues at work

At CeeD’s Health and Safety Clinic at East Kilbride Group Training Association, on Thursday 23rd May 2013, Directors from Priory Hospital Glasgow, Graeme Weymes and Dr Alex Yellowlees, will be providing a seminar relating to mental health in the workplace. This session will be of particular interest to managing directors, HR directors/managers and those responsible for health and safety within corporate or public organisations.

Graeme Weymes, Hospital Director at Priory Hospital Glasgow has many years’ experience in corporate healthcare and will be providing an introduction which relates to most employers' current duty of care provision for employees. These include employee assistance programmes, occupational health and rehabilitation programmes; he will be illustrating the range of tools currently being used to aid and support businesses in this area.

Dr Alex Yellowlees, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Priory Hospital Glasgow, will be discussing what to look for in employees, how to recognise mental illness and how to link in with provisions of care, providing examples from the industry. This will give business leaders a detailed understanding of how they can help their employees gain access to support, and the role they have to play in getting people back to work.

Dr Yellowlees specialises in the treatment of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders and other emotional and relationship difficulties. Alex frequently provides expert comment in the media on a range of psychological issues and has published and co-authored many books on such subjects in addition to writing a weekly column for the Herald entitled the 'Mind Clinic'.

Priory Hospital Glasgow has the expertise and experience to treat all major general psychiatric illnesses including stress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and mood disorders.

The hospital also has well-respected, dedicated general psychiatric, addiction and eating disorder treatment programmes, with clinics situated in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Graeme said: “We are delighted to be associated with CeeD and in trying to assist companies in supporting its employees. For Scottish businesses, when a colleague or employee has a mental or behavioural issue, this can be very concerning. Employers not only have a duty of care to their employee but they often have to back-fill the role of an employee who takes time off due to anxiety and depression or a related illness. Worse still are those employees who try to be stoic and continue with their professional lives but have an underlying issue that affects their performance and their interactions with other colleagues, clients or customers.

Many employers do not know what to do but there are many options available.”

CeeD is a growing community of businesses and academics. CeeD has joined these disciplines together to pool its members’ talents, expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence within organisations. In doing so, its aim is to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness – improvements that will impact the bottom line.

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