Leeds and West Yorkshire

Mindful Employer Network 

June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Network Members, 

Welcome to our June newsletter!

Our contents this month includes:

Firstly we wanted to share a short video created by the Anti-Stigma Leeds partnership. It is an important reminder of the experience of mental health stigma and why we still need to work together to tackle it in our homes, workplaces and communities.
Anti-Stigma Leeds voices against stigma 
Do share this with your colleagues and partners.

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:

Yorkshire Sport Foundation
West Yorkshire CRC
Leeds City Council
In Communities
Rainbow Personnel

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

Spectrum Community Health CIC
Right Fuel Card
Mercy UK

Read this month's employer blog to learn what it means to be a Mindful Employer for one small local business. 

You can access a link to information about becoming a Mindful Employer yourself below.

Please  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
Employer blog

"communication, consultation, collaboration"

For insight into how one small business has prioritised staff wellbeing, we caught up with Paul Connolly, CEO at local Mindful Employer 300 North to find out how he has kept up team morale and ensured everybody’s safety over the past 14 months and how the team have worked together to create a flexible workplace for the future.
Read our interview with Paul here
We know that many local employers are engaging in similar work to plan  changes to ways of working following the pandemic.

For many this will involve greater flexibility which we know has the potential to bring many long term wellbeing benefits, as well as increasing diversity and inclusion within our teams.

It is no easy task though, and we'd love to hear how you have approached these discussions within your own workplaces. We're particularly interested in how flexibility can be increased for frontline / customer facing staff, and roles where working from home isn't possible. 

You may find the following resources helpful: 
CBI adapting to hybrid working - a practical guide
CIPD guidance on planning for hybrid working
CIPD guidance for managers on supporting hybrid working
Please share your insights and learning around flexible working here
Have you booked your ticket to This Is Me North?

This Is Me North is a free online event to celebrate the power of storytelling to break mental health stigma in our workplaces.

Hear from inspiring local speakers and learn how your business can get involved. 

Wednesday 9th June
10.30am - 12.15pm

We hope you can join us in opening the conversation to reduce the stigma around mental health, dispel myths and improve employee wellbeing for good. #EndTheStigma #ThisIsMe
See full information about This Is Me North and book your ticket here
Want to know more about This Is Me?

Listen to the latest episodes of This Is Me Yorkshire podcast series

Please listen, follow and share our inspiring stories from local business leaders committed to challenging mental health stigma. Check them out here.
Find out more about This Is Me Yorkshire by following on social media @ThisIsMeYorks and listening to our podcast which can be accessed via our website:
You can register your business with This Is Me here.
If you have any further questions about the event or This Is Me Yorkshire please get in touch with us at
How are you celebrating Men's Health Week?

Men's Health Week runs from 14th-21st June and is a great opportunity to discuss mental health and wellbeing with our male colleagues. 

We know that men can face particular barriers to opening up around their mental health and asking for help and in Leeds men face a disproportionately high risk of suicide compared to women. 

Men's Health Unlocked is a fantastic local network to promote among male friends and colleagues. The Men's Health Unlocked website contains lots of useful information and resources as well as a List of Activities for Men in and around Leeds.

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

Date for your diaries 
We will be running a special digital event to mark Men's Health Week on Wednesday 16th June 11am-12.30pm to share ideas for breaking mental health stigma among men in our workplaces. More information to follow very soon! 
Strategic Leadership Programme for Underrepresented Groups - Voluntary Action Leeds

Voluntary Action Leeds are launching a series of free training sessions for
  • organisations wanting to become more diverse and inclusive
  • individuals from culturally diverse communities who want to develop their voice and take on strategic leadership roles
Visit Voluntary Action Leeds website for more information
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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