Leeds Mindful Employer Network 

Championing mental health at work
across Leeds and West Yorkshire

July 2021 Newsletter

Dear Network Members, 

Welcome to our July newsletter.

Our contents this month includes:
We hope you find the newsletter useful. As always, please share your feedback, ideas and suggestions with us - we'd love to hear from you. 

Best wishes,
Mindful Employer Leeds

Welcome to new network members
and charter signatories

The Mindful Employer Network is free to join for all local employers and their staff across Leeds and West Yorkshire.  This month we are extending a warm welcome to new network members from:

Engage Partners
Leeds Beckett University
Forward Leeds
Employability Solutions Kirklees
Community Integrated Living
Laker Vent Engineering Limited
Walker Foster Solicitors
The Retreat
Money and Pensions Service
Colas UK
Bluebird Care Wakefield and Kirklees

We are also celebrating two new Mindful Employers who have recently signed the Mindful Employer Charter for employers who are positive about mental health:

The Data Shed
Bluebird Care Wakefield and Kirklees

Please click on the link below for information on how to how your organisation can also become a Mindful Employer. 

Do get in touch if you have any further questions about the Mindful Employer Network or Mindful Employer Charter.
Learn more about becoming a Mindful Employer here
Join the Mindful Employer Network here
Special feature: Money and mental health

We know that money worries can have a huge effect on our mental health and wellbeing.
There are lots of ways that employers can help support staff who may be experiencing financial stress, or even recognise ways that they may be contributing. 
    We spoke to Adam McCormick from Colas UK about how his efforts to ensure continuity of work for his subcontractors and their operatives mean that they experience greater financial security than is often experienced  within his industry. 
Read our full Money and Mental Health feature here
Redundancy Support: Invitation to join our working group 

We are working with local partners to create information and resources for employers who may be considering difficult decisions about redundancies at this time. 

Have you experienced redundancy yourself as an employer or an employee?
We'd love to hear from anyone with interest or experience in this area. We will be running a focus group to capture your insights and ideas. 

Please get in touch if you'd like to be involved: 
View the recording from our Men's Health Week event
On 16th June we held a virtual event to celebrate Men's Health Week: Mental Health and Men - tackling stigma in the workplace. Thank you to everyone who joined us and participated in the session. We heard presentations from three fantastic speakers: 

Beverley Peace from HB Projects
Abdullah Adekola from Leeds Mind
Damian Dawtry from Men's Health Unlocked

If you missed it you can access the recording of the session below. 

Other resources you may find helpful:
List of Activities for Men in and around Leeds.
Men's Health Forum
Mental Health Foundation - Men and Mental Health
Recent report into suicide by middle aged men
Leeds Suicide Audit 2014-16

View our Mental Health and Men event recording here
Our next network event:

Workplace conversations: sharing experiences of our own mental health (and all other lived experience)
Tuesday 20th July

Join us for a practical online workshop to explore how we share our personal experiences in a workplace setting.

We know that sharing personal stories related to our own mental health can be immensely powerful and effective in challenging mental health stigma and creating open workplace cultures. However talking about our own experiences can be difficult and many people worry about the risks of blurring boundaries or revealing too much.
This interactive workshop will be led by Doctor Kerry Hinsby, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and  Brendan J Dunlop, Clinical Psychologist in training at the University of Manchester.
Kerry and Brendan will introduce the brand new ‘Sharing Lived Experiences Framework’ (SLEF): a framework for practitioners when considering making disclosure decisions. The SLEF raises important considerations that are relevant to anyone considering sharing their own mental health or other personal experiences in a workplace setting. We will explore these considerations and how the framework might inform our own conversations within our own workplace contexts.
This session is free for all employers and staff from across Leeds and West Yorkshire. You do not need to have lived experiences of Mental Health difficulties/challenges to attend. The workshop focuses on a full range of lived experiences.
Book your place here
 Leeds Pride 2021 -  how will you be celebrating? 

Sadly the street entertainment and parade for Leeds Pride have been cancelled again this year. However there will be a wide range of smaller satellite events happening throughout the city on Sunday 1st August and it is still a great opportunity to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights and celebrate the contribution that LGBTQ+ people make to our communities and workplaces.  Let us know how you will be celebrating in your workplaces! 

LGBTQ+ and mental health
People who are LGBTQ+ still experience discrimination and face greater risk of poor mental health. Employers can play a key role in raising awareness and creating workplaces that are genuinely open, accepting, positive and proactive in their approach to diversity and inclusion.

See links to more information about LGBTQ+ mental health below:

MindWell - LGBT+ groups, local support and national helplines 
Rethink Mental Illness
Mind - Mental health and being LGBTIQ
Mental Health Foundation - Mental health statistics: LGBTIQ+ people
Links from previous newsletters
Acas guidance on long COVID
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub
MindWell at Work resources
Access our list of covid-19 and mental health resources here
Access past editions of the newsletter here
Thank you for reading this bulletin, we hope it has been helpful. Please stay in touch!

 Mindful Employer Leeds 

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