Mindful Employer
Mindful Employer ten steps, Leeds

Mindful Employer is a national initiative supporting employers to take a positive approach towards mental health at work. By signing the Mindful Employer charter employers can make a public declaration of their ambition to support the mental wellbeing of their staff. Read more about the national Mindful Employer initiative here.

Right now 1 in 6 workers are dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or a stress-related illness and it's predicted that Mental illness costs UK businesses more than £30 billion a year.


Recent evidence has shown a Return on Investment of £5 for every £1 spent on staff mental health. Fundamentally, it pays to be positive about mental health. Staff who feel happy at work will be more motivated, productive and loyal. They will also be happier at home, with their families and in their communities.

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Reduce sickness and staff absence
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Improved outcomes and customer experience
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Increased diversity of staff teams
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Improved reputation and employee engagement

I’m so grateful and proud that this happened, and in such a big way, to show that we shouldn’t be ashamed of it or scared to talk about it.

ASDA Employee

The Mindful Employer Ten Steps Toolkit has been created by Leeds Mindful Employer Network. It provides a series of ten steps to help employers (either in Leeds or across the UK) develop and embed good practice in workplace mental health.


Whether you are interested in signing the Mindful Employer Charter or have recently signed it, the Mindful Employer 10 Steps are a fantastic tool to get you started. Some of these steps might not be new to your organisation – it’s important to recognise what you’re doing well already.


Each step links to some great resources to help you, as well as a collection of inspiring case studies from local Leeds employers.