MINDFUL EMPLOYER was originally developed and launched in 2004 by employers in Exeter. It has since developed throughout the UK and recently launched in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Developed by employers, for employers, the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative promotes positive practice around mental health in the workplace.

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. The cost of not supporting staff with mental health difficulties can be very high – a cost of £30 billion to employers nationally. By linking with MINDFUL EMPLOYER, organisations that are positive about mental health can benefit 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 have a 20-year track record of supporting employers in the city to work productively and get the best from their staff.

As one of the city’s leading mental health charities, Leeds Mind has developed partnerships and expertise that may be a valuable asset to employers looking to be positive about mental health and wellbeing at work.

WorkPlace Leeds is part of Leeds Mind. The team specialises in supporting people with mental health difficulties such as anxiety, stress or depression to find and retain employment.

In partnership with the National Initiative, Mindful Employer Leeds offers advice and guidance to employers on good practice around mental health in the workplace. This project is currently made possible by funding from Public Health, Leeds City Council. 

By working with Mindful Employer in 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.

The Mindful Employer Coordinator is available guide you through signing the “Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health”.