Thursday, 22nd October | 11:00 – 11:40am


Everyone has experienced the stress that comes from having unresolved conflicts with colleagues. We have all also experienced a crises. If we ignore the crises or conflict it can have a long term impact on our personal mental and physical health. The effects on a company are a loss of productivity, absenteeism and turnover. In this talk by Under The Rainbow we will look at the overlap between crisis and conflict management.

Neither conflict nor crisis have to necessarily be negative. They can often lead to new opportunities, new ideas and ultimately a healthier work environment. We will discuss how to create a psychologically safe work environment that encourages open communication and trust. This talk will look at the steps to conflict and crises management and will teach you the skills to resolve the issues that can arise from what we perceive as a negative situation.




created by Gillian Fagan, Dermot McCarthy and Philippa Ryder. Each founder came from a corporate background and were united by their activism for human rights and equality. With a passion for health and wellbeing their individual stories are very unique yet all have this thing in common; they overcame our struggles by stepping into their authenticity. They have a wealth of experience in helping companies and individuals overcome challenges, be their true selves and embrace the concept of mental fitness. Under The Rainbow specialise in workplace wellness and see equality, diversity and inclusion as a key component of good mental health. They go that extra mile to help empower others.

gillian fagan


Gillian is a CEO, mental health consultant, trainer, therapist and leader in diversity and inclusion. She worked in financial services, mostly in litigation and risk management for over 21 years before becoming a full time therapist and workplace wellness advocate. She founded and manages 2 companies (AcoraTherapy and Under The Rainbow) which promote wellbeing. Being a specialist in the areas of empowered leadership, anxiety management, workplace wellness, and human behaviour, Gillian is a keynote speaker on resilience, uncertainty and coping mechanisms. Gillian’s mission is to make an impact by normalizing “mental fitness” and helping people accept themselves for a healthier and happier life. She helps people connect with their true self to feel empowered to live life on their terms.

dermot mccarthy


Dermot is a psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with over 10 years experience in therapy and a background as an accountant. In 2019, he formed Under The Rainbow with two other Directors, Gillian Fagan, and Philippa Ryder. As well as a practicing therapist, he is currently CFO of Under The Rainbow. In his role as therapist primarily, Dermot deals in the areas of Low Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, Grief & Loss, Sexuality, Men’s Health and Anger Management. Furthermore, he has led and presented workshops both online and offline in Stress Management, Diversity and Belonging, LGBT+ , and Men’s Mental Health. He is an active member of Sporting Pride, being the treasurer for this committee. Sporting Pride’s goal is to involve more LGBTQ+ participation in Sport, thus improving the Mental Health Fitness of the Irish LGBT+ Community.


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