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October Newsletter

Posted by Mark on 15 October, 2018

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 

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: 

AbleChildAfrica London

Civil Nuclear Constabulary Oxfordshire

Cornerhouse (Yorkshire) 

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust 

Doncaster Council 

Early Childhood Partnership, Bedford Watford

MacGregor Healthcare Ltd East Lothian

Manchester Fertility 

Mindcanyon Swindon

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

SEND4U Bromley

Social Finance Limited London

St Austell Brewery 

Teleperformance Ltd Glasgow

The Avalon Group Harrogate

Vista Care Solutions London

WGC London

ZEAL Leeds 

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.

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