After seven years of rapid growth, the Swindon Mindful Employer Network is moving to new management in 2015.

The initiative, which increases awareness of mental health and wellbeing within the business community in the town, has been funded by Public Health in Swindon and managed by Richmond Fellowship since its formation in February 2008. Now with an additional three years funding from Public Health at Swindon Borough Council it has moved to Swindon Mind.

Melanie Richens, Chairman of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, says: “The three years of funding from Public Health in Swindon is simply excellent news for local businesses. I believe the move to Swindon Mind will be extremely beneficial to both organisations. We have seen a substantial demand for engagement with the network over the last 7 years and our thanks to the Richmond Fellowship for their support in helping to make this initiative such a success. The future of this work looks very bright indeed as the issue of mental health becomes increasingly centre stage. I am proud to play a part in its on-going success story.’

The network will continue to work closely with Mindful Employer in the UK and the current project leader David Latham will develop the initiative with the local Council of Reference headed by Melanie Richens of the UK College of Personal Development, Frances Mayes of Public Health in Swindon and Mike Godfrey who is currently a non-executive board member of Business West, and chairs the Swindon Initiative.

Frances Mayes of Public Health in Swindon said: “We know that mental health problems affects a quarter of the population and most of those who suffer are in work. The Mindful Employer Network helps business to recognise the impact of mental health on their organisation and address these, in order to have a healthy and productive workforce.

"Evaluation over the past 7 years has shown that the Swindon Mindful Employer Network has established itself as an important resource for local employers – and demand is growing. Employers within Swindon are seeing tangible benefits of engaging with the network and introducing best practice on mental health and wellbeing into the workplace. We are delighted to continue to support the Network for the next 3 years and look forward to working with Swindon Mind to build more mentally healthy workplaces in the area.”

For more information please contact: smen@swindonmind.org