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Jan & Feb Newsletter

Posted by Mark on 5 February, 2019

In this Month’s Newsletter:

  • A New Year, A New Mindful Employer – What does the future hold for Mindful Employer?


  • A Message from Mark Poole – The new lead for Mindful Employer


  • Upcoming Awareness Workshops – Book your place now!


  • The Latest Charter Signatories – Since 25th November 2018

A New Year, a New Mindful Employer…

For many of us, the start of a new year is often accompanied by the start of something new and for us here at Mindful Employer, that has certainly been the case. On the 12th December last year, Mindful Employer Lead and Founder, Richard Frost retired. After fourteen years of service, we are pleased to share that Richard was not only presented with a Life Time Achievement Award by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, but that he was also awarded an MBE for his services to mental health at the Queen’s Birthday Honours. We are all immensely proud of what Richard has achieved, and we wish him all the best for the future.

With Richard’s retirement came the appointment of new Mindful Employer Lead, Mark Poole. Since taking up post, Mark has been hard at work getting to know the initiative inside and out, and drafting his plans for Mindful Employer in the coming years. Just some of our future plans include:

  • Streamlining the information on our Website to create a more user friendly experience.
  • The development of new publications around staff inductions and retention to further support employers. 
  • An evaluation of the Charter Review process to make this easier for employers to complete.

In addition to the above, over the next year we will be paying particular attention to our current partnerships; looking at how we can better support our partners to provide workplace mental health support to employers in their local areas.

A Message from Mark Poole…

"Many of you will have already read my initial introduction in our November newsletter, but for those who haven’t – it gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Lead for Mindful Employer. I feel very privileged to have been appointed to the role by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and I’m very proud to work alongside such a dedicated and passionate team.

At its most basic level, work provides us with a source of income, but it also provides us with so much more; the chance to meet people and make friends, a sense of accomplishment or purpose, even a sense of belonging or identity. However, in spite of these benefits, with one in four of us likely to experience a mental health problem each year, poor mental health has fast become one of the biggest problems facing the workplace today – Did you know that less than half of employees feel able to talk openly about stress with a manager? Or that the number of absences caused by depression and anxiety has increased by 24% over the last seven years?

At Mindful Employer, we strive to help you as employers to overcome these challenges. Last year alone we trained an additional 1,800 members of staff on mental health, and welcomed more than 250 new employers as charter signatories. None of this, however, would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff, our partners, or the thousands of employers committed to making a real change for workplace mental health. For that, I wish to personally thank you all"


Mark Poole
Lead, Mindful Employer

Upcoming Awareness Workshops…

Each year, Mindful Employer hosts a series of open-house workshops designed to raise awareness of Mental Health in the Workplace. Open for anyone to book in, these workshops provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the possible impact of different mental health conditions on work, including how we might support our own, or a colleague’s mental wellbeing.

For more information, including how to book, please visit:

Spaces are limited, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

New Charter Signatories…

As it has been a few months since our last newsletter, we have a few more new and returning charter signatories to share with you than usual. Since 25th November 2018, we are pleased to welcome the following charter signatories:

For more information, please visit the Mindful Employer Charter page on our website.

*All charter signatories are entitled to discounts on Mindful Employer training and publications, and may register for Mindful Employer Plus to access our advice line for managers and staff.

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