Today is the 14th Anniversary of the Launch of MINDFUL EMPLOYER.
Those 14 years have seen have seen the initiative grow from a small, local idea here in Exeter to be UK-wide incorporating thousands of employers and supporting organisations. It’s also been launched abroad in Australia, Canada, Greece, Ireland and New Zealand.
We are delighted on this Anniversary to announce Patrons for MINDFUL EMPLOYER. This new development has come out of the work of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Advisory Group and it gives us a lot of pleasure to welcome well-known speaker and author, Prof Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Helen England, CEO of Livability, and Adam Spreadbury, Senior Manager & Mental Health Advocate at the Bank of England as our Patrons. You can find more information about them at www.mindfulemployer.net/about
We are also pleased to announce that Mark Poole has been appointed as the new Lead for MINDFUL EMPLOYER. Mark brings a wealth of experience in relation to supporting employers and in mental health related fields of work. Mark will be starting in mid-November prior to Richard Frost retiring in mid-December and there’ll be more information about Mark in our next newsletter.
New Charter Signatories
In those 14 years, nearly 2,000 employers have at one point or other been a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health. The currently over 1,000 signatories and these comprise small, medium and large businesses and organisations all over the UK. Over 200 employers have become Charter signatories in the last year and the newest ones are:
Civil Nuclear Constabulary Oxfordshire
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Early Childhood Partnership, Bedford Watford
MacGregor Healthcare Ltd East Lothian
NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands Coventry
One YMCA Watford
Open Mind Wirral
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Dartford
PDMA Consulting Engineers Limited Sutton Coldfield
Pretty Small Shoes Ltd London
Rowans Hospice Waterlooville Hampshire
Search Laboratory Leeds
Social Finance Limited London
St Austell Brewery
Teleperformance Ltd Glasgow
The Avalon Group Harrogate
Vista Care Solutions London
To find out more, visit the Charter page on our website.
World Mental Health Day
Did last Wednesday stimulate your organisation in to doing more around mental wellbeing? We can help by providing mental health awareness workshops at your premises and also a range of a publications which you may find helpful.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER in Switzerland
For the third year running, MINDFUL EMPLOYER is delighted to have been invited to speak at the Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference. Attended by business professionals from across the continent, this year’s event is being held near Zurich in Switzerland from 5-7 November and we’ll be contributing to a special session on mental wellbeing together with award-winning film director, choreographer and mental health advocate Greg Van Borssum.