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Hadleigh charity MANUP? to host business summit on mental health at Ipswich Corn Exchange





An annual business summit shining a light on men’s mental health is set to take place in Ipswich later this year.

MANUP?, based in Hadleigh, hopes its event will emphasise the role employee mental health plays in the success of businesses.

The event, named ROI on Mental Health, will be hosted by BBC Suffolk’s Wayne Bavin and take place at King Street Cinema, inside Ipswich Corn Exchange, on June 7.

MANUP? will host its annual business summit shining a light on men's mental health in June. Picture: MANUP?
MANUP? will host its annual business summit shining a light on men's mental health in June. Picture: MANUP?

There will be guest speakers and attendees will be shown tools and case studies into positive mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Dan Somers, chief executive of MANUP?, said the charity remained committed to ensuring men everywhere ‘break the cycle and no longer suffer in silence’.

MANUP? aimed to raise awareness, start discussions and highlight what people could do to improve their wellbeing, how they treat people and tackle issues before they become a problem, he said.

Dan Somers, chief executive of MANUP?. Picture: MANUP?
Dan Somers, chief executive of MANUP?. Picture: MANUP?

Mr Somers said: “With ROI on Mental Health, we are working to empower Suffolk employers with the knowledge and tools to do the very best by their teams.

“We are proud to have secured some impressive speakers for our 2024 event. Through this event, we have the potential to improve the lives of thousands of people (not just men) across the region and beyond, by upskilling employers and helping them understand how their moral responsibilities to their employees goes hand-in-hand with cultivating a strong and successful business.”

Guests at the event include Graham Mummery from Larking Gowen, Fiona Ellis from Survivors in Transition, Andy Smith from StrategiQ, Kirsty Birch from WorkitWell and Ian Dempsey from Themoneyman.

Mr Somers said MANUP? offered therapy support, extended mental health support lines, community aid, mental health training and rehab aid, among other services.

Mr Somers founded MANUP? in response to the suicide of The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint in 2019.

He added: “I am incredibly proud of our journey so far. We want to show that mental health in the workplace does not have to be complicated.

“We look forward to welcoming diverse teams to the event in June, where together, we will advance the dialogue and impact of mental health in the workplace.”