Mentally Healthy Leeds

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Mentally Healthy Leeds (MHL) is a public health preventative service aimed at promoting positive mental health and wellbeing to people who are at high risk of poor mental health. The aim is to equip people with an understanding and experience they can use to prevent problems developing or becoming worse.  The service uses community development approach and work with individuals, groups and communities to:

• Reduce Mental Health stigma and discrimination
• Increase resilience (the ability to cope when things get tough and to ‘bounce back’ from difficulties).
• Reduce social isolation

MHL will also work towards Leeds City Council Public Health priority to reduce suicide and self harm.
For 2018/19, Mentally Healthy Leeds mainly works with Women aged 16-24 & Men age 30- 60 who are at risk of poor mental health and living in the following areas of Leeds:

• Gipton and Harehills
• Burmantofts and Richmond Hills
• Farnley and Wortley

Our service offers includes:

• Support setting up groups and activities developed from insight work in the  community
• Working with volunteers to help facilitate groups and deliver activities in the community chosen by the community. This may includes music, gardening, and relaxation and stress management groups
• Promoting and providing information on  how to keep mentally healthy at community events
• Providing Mental Health Awareness training for communities and workplace across Leeds.

Mentally Healthy Leeds is led by Touchstone and delivered in partnership with Community Links, TCV and Oblong.

To be involved or find out more information regarding this service please contact 0113 248 4880 or

Mentally Healthy Leeds Contacts

Hridayavaca Community Health Development Analyst

Joe Kemp Community Development Worker

Robin Timmis Community Health Development Worker

Hayley Gillard Community Development Worker

Belinda Saywell Community Health Development Worker, Administration Assisant

Maxine Joof-Hedley Community Health Development Worker

0113 248 4880

Stephanie Francis Communtiy Development Worker

Bereket Loul Community Health Development Manager

0113 2484880