Next week the Community Development Service and new Migrant Access Project  Plus Teams are going to venues across Leeds to talk to people about workplace mental health. This is to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and we’ll be doing activities throughout the week. As well as running sessions for staff working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at three hospitals and NHS England and Department for Work & Pensions at Quarry House, we are running activities that are open to the public.
We want to help raise awareness of how important it is to look after your mental health in the workplace, and to give people some simple ideas about how they can do this. People can drop in and have a go at ten minute tasters to help learn how to deal with workplace stress including mindfulness techniques and a stress ‘bucket’. The sessions will be drop-in so people can pop in on their break and stay as long as they like.
Why is it important?
 It’s estimated that:

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress
  • Less than half of employees feel they can talk to their manager if they are suffering with stress
  • 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health problems

 We will be at the following venues next week come and see us:
Tuesday 10th October, 12.30-3.30pm
John Lewis community room (4th floor in the Victoria Gate centre)
Wednesday 11th October, 10am – 2pm
The Round Foundry, Foundry Street (near Bridgewater Place)
Thursday 12th October, 3pm – 5pm
Oakwood Library, on Oakwood Lane