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Blue Monday 21st Jan: How Blue Are You?

The 3rd Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year due to the weather, financial pressures and debts accumulated over the holiday season and low motivation levels.   Blue Monday was first publicized by Sky Travel in 2005. You can find out more about how it was calculated and the companies who have publicized it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date)   Whether Blue Monday is more PR

2020-04-16T18:02:30+01:0014th January 2019|Blog, CBT, Depression, Diversity, Equality and Diversity|

October 19th is Wear Red Day: We Want to Show Racism the Red Card!

Wear Red Day: October 19th Show Racism the Red Card is holding its annual 'Wear Red Day' on October 19th. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity and you can find out more about the work they do here: http://www.theredcard.org/about/ Richard Garland Sally Poyser Geraldine Montgomerie-Greenwood Simone Stephenson-Bellwood Ruqayyah Ghani Debbie Roe Louise Aaron

2020-04-17T11:00:11+01:0019th October 2018|Black History Month, Blog, Equality and Diversity|

Touchstone Honoured at UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone - a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity - is celebrating winning the National Diversity Awards in the Diverse Company category at a star-studded night at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The awards were held on 14th September and saw individuals and organisations from across the UK crowned the best in British diversity. A record 24,584 people nominated this year alone with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised

2020-04-17T10:59:14+01:0025th September 2018|Diversity, Equality and Diversity, News|

Leeds IAPT Diversity Audit Findings

Dear colleagues Some of you  are aware that over the past 6 -8 months, I have been working alongside Richard, Steve, Arfan and our consortium partners to audit and review the workforce diversity profile of Leeds IAPT. This piece of work is now complete and I’d like to share some of our findings with you. You might be wondering, why you? Well, from a personal perspective I had always been

2019-12-17T12:22:43+00:0017th July 2018|Blog, Diversity, Equality and Diversity|

Guest blog: 'More importantly we were smiling’: how volunteering at my local community business supported me as a trans-woman

Across the month of July, UK wide Pride events are taking place in support of the LGBT+ community. Victoria Townsend from Leeds shares her journey as a trans-woman, and the ongoing support and opportunities New Wortley Community Centre gave her during a critical time of her life. My Name is Victoria Townsend and it is coming up to my 29th birthday. I currently live in Leeds and work at New Wortley Community Centre.

2020-04-17T10:58:36+01:001st July 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Volunteering|

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company category at the National Diversity Awards 2018. Over 20,000 people submitted nominations for the awards this year. Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's continue to gain endorsements from high

2020-04-17T10:58:26+01:0029th June 2018|Awards, Equality and Diversity, News|

Highlighting Health inequalities in New Wortley

Bill Graham from New Wortley Community Association has looked into health inequalities for those in the New Wortley neighbourhood of Leeds. The charts below show some of what he found out. This indicator shows the proportion of households where no people in the household have English as a main language. This information was created from responses to the languages spoken question in the 2011 Census which aims to classify households

2020-04-17T10:57:05+01:005th June 2018|Blog, Community, Data and Statistics, Equality and Diversity|

Making Mental Health Sustainable – Mindful Employer Leeds Conference 2018

This year’s Mindful Employer conference will give employers advice and guidance on how to embed positive mental health into the workplace and create sustainable employee wellbeing. Be part of challenging perceptions about mental health within your organisation, look at the different ways you can start your journey and develop good practice further. This event has been made possible by Leeds City Council funding and is not your usual conference; we’ll

2018-05-20T08:00:54+01:0020th May 2018|Equality and Diversity, Events, News|

Love a Muslim Day

Touchstone IAPT would like to share some words of support and love on Love a Muslim Day.   I place immense value on the contribution of the Muslim community to Leeds and indeed to the whole country. At work I value and respect the immense contributions made by colleagues across the whole range of Touchstone services, from the Senior Management Team to the amazing diversity of our front line staff

2018-04-03T13:47:39+01:003rd April 2018|Blog, Diversity, Equality and Diversity|

Trans Day of Visibility 2018

International Trans Day of Visibility falls on 31st March every year. The aim is to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and to counter prejudice by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This year’s theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). Below, Touchstone volunteer Rachel talks about her experience and work. Originally from York, I relocated to Leeds in 2011 after being diagnosed as Transgender. Due to mental health

2020-04-17T10:55:19+01:0026th March 2018|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Trans Day of Visibility|