How Touchstone are improving mental health through remote work

In the latest in our series of interviews with charity leaders blazing a trail with digital  during the pandemic, we spoke to  Alison Lowe, CEO of mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone, about how she’s led a radical change in how her charity works and improved wellbeing as a result.  1. Tell us about your role at Touchstone. I am a very busy CEO of this amazing Mental Health and

2021-04-30T11:31:05+01:0030th April 2021|News|

Voices Against Stigma Campaign

Mental health problems are common. They affect thousands of people in the UK, and their friends, families, work colleagues, and society in general. The Anti Stigma Leeds Champions came together with Producer/Script Reader/Script Editor Thea Burrows to create the video campaign Voices Against Stigma. Below they told their stories:   In Leeds around 106,000 people experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression

2021-05-17T13:48:03+01:0028th April 2021|Anti Stigma Leeds, News|


Following Inc Arts UK statement on the use of the term BAME, Touchstone has surveyed all our staff on the terminology Touchstone should be using to describe people who are not “White British”.  Please see below the outcome of that consultation and our statement on the terminology Touchstone will use from now on. Black Minority Ethnic (BME) In Touchstone we use the term ‘Black Minority Ethnic’ to inclusively describe people

2021-04-20T12:03:16+01:0020th April 2021|News|

Mental Health and Well Being Coach – Russ Giles now in post

Partners from across the Armley Local Care Partnership came together during wave 2 of the Population Health Management programme to understand where the greatest opportunities were to improve health and wellbeing for defined groups of local people. By using data and a population health management approach, the aim is to prioritise local need, by focusing resources on preventative and pro-active care.   The focus of this new way of working is

2021-03-18T12:30:29+00:0018th March 2021|News|

Wellbeing @ Work 2021

Leeds Mindful Employer Network is hosting a FREE week-long series of digital events around wellbeing at work. The event is for everyone – business owners, managers,  staff, volunteers across Leeds and West Yorkshire. They have a fantastic range of speakers on board to explore: how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on workplace mental health how to maintain mentally healthy workplaces in an increasingly uncertain environment how to use learning

2021-02-19T12:30:34+00:0019th February 2021|News|

It’s Ok Not To Be OK

In November 2020, Barclays gave Touchstone Loves Food £100k so that we could keep feeding people and supporting their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.  As part of our partnership, Barclays are helping us to get out the message that It’s Ok Not To Be OK and that Mental Heath is everyone’s business. If you – or someone you know – are struggling this year, please ask for help.  The

2021-02-02T12:27:27+00:0028th January 2021|News, Partnership, Time to Talk|

Time to Talk Coffee Morning with Anti-Stigma Leeds

Anti-Stigma Leeds is bringing together our city's mental health advocates to celebrate Time to Talk Day with this virtual coffee morning. Time to Talk Day is an initiative from Time to Change, a social movement led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness that aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination. It is a day to get the nation talking about mental health. The theme for Time to Talk Day

2021-01-27T13:56:41+00:0027th January 2021|News, Time to Talk|

Safe Haven – Leeds first 24/7 Non-Medical Residential Crisis Service

Safe Haven is an exciting new development for Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service and Touchstone as the first of our crisis services to be open 24 / 7. Unlike LSLCS’ other services (which are all self-referral), Safe Haven will be accessed via Leeds NHS Crisis Resolution and Intensive Support Service, and the Older People’s Support and Intensive Home Treatment Team (for those aged over 65). Leeds Safe Haven will be

2021-02-04T12:30:19+00:0026th January 2021|News|

Coronavirus vaccine Q&A in five South Asian languages

Research suggests that ethnic minorities in the UK are more reluctant to take the new coronavirus vaccine. The UK was the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The first batch of 800,000 doses began to be administered on Tuesday 8 December. The mass Covid-19 vaccination programme began with the elderly, health workers, and carers. Up to four million more doses are expected by the end of

2021-01-25T11:42:25+00:0025th January 2021|News|