Developed, led and supported by employers, MINDFUL EMPLOYER provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health difficulties.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER was originally launched in 2004 by employers in Exeter. It has since developed throughout the UK and recently launched in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In those 14 years, nearly 2000 employers have at one point or other been a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health.
Find out more about the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter here.
With 1 in 6 employees experiencing a mental health condition in any given year, it makes good business sense to be positive about mental health at work.
Not supporting staff with mental health difficulties costs employers £30 billion nationally each year. By linking with MINDFUL EMPLOYER, organisations can benefits from lower levels of sickness absence.
Since 2013, mental health charity Leeds Mind and its service Workplace Leeds have been the lead partners for the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative in Leeds.
Leeds Mind has a 20 year track record of supporting employers in the city to work productively and get the best from their staff.
Workplace Leeds is part of Leeds Mind, and their team specialises in supporting people with mental health difficulties to find and retain employment.
In partnership with the National Initiative, Mindful Employer Leeds offers advice and employers on good practice around mental health in the workplace.
In Leeds we have a strong network of local employers who are positive about mental health. Our Mindful Employer Coordinator supports this network by circulating a monthly newsletter, organising free quarterly Network Events and giving 1 to 1 support on signing the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter and implementing good practice in the workplace.
Find out how to join the Network here.
By working with Mindful Employer Leeds you can access timely and local support for staff during sickness absences, stress management workshops or wellbeing sessions for your teams, training for managers to tackle mental health issues as they arise and discover what other local businesses are doing to minimise the impact of mental ill health at work.
This project is currently made possible by funding from Public Health, Leeds City Council.