Has Anybody Seen My Elephant?


Last year, 6,600 people in the UK alone decided that life wasn't worth living any more. Make sure you're arming yourself with the tools to avoid mental health meltdown, in our pressure-cooker of a world.
As humans, we naturally resist change. We muddle on, we make do, we tell ourselves it'll be different next time. But how many next times will we get?

The bid and proposal world can be an unforgiving one. Deadlines, long hours, weekend working, time pressures and the often horribly-misaligned work/life balance. Yet still we plough on, far too busy to take the time to learn the lessons that nearly brought us to our knees beforehand.

Within our industry, much like anywhere else, work still needs to be done to educate people about the importance of learning to address the elephant in the room... their mental health.

Through this interactive session, you'll learn more about how to recognise emotional triggers, how to develop coping techniques and, most importantly, how to stand up and face your elephant once and for all.
Takeaway: A greater understanding of how to manage your mental and physical health in a high-pressured world, both at work and at home.

Mike Fernott

Mike manages the Bid Team at occupational health provider Optima Health and has been a bidding and marketing professional for over 12 years. He became APMP Practitioner certified in 2016 and was one of the UK's winners of the APMP's 40 Under 40 Award in 2018, for helping to shape the global bid management profession. Mike is also an APMP Mentor and has helped several members achieve their APMP Practitioner certification.

Mike has been a strong advocate for mental health since overcoming his own issues in recent years. He is a proud father of two and enjoys powerlifting and drumming.