This Saturday the 10th October, marks World Mental Health Day, a day that aims to raise awareness and open conversation on mental health issues internationally. We are thrilled today to announce that we’ve chosen Leeds Mind as our annual partner charity. Mental Health is an issue that is relatable for all and one that is extremely important to all of us here at Futures as we work in a central people industry in such tough and uncertain times.
In the UK alone, over 16 million people experience a mental illness each year, with recent research from the Centre for Mental Health suggesting that this number could rise by upwards of eight and a half million adults due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic, and its associating lockdown measures, have had a significant impact on the nation’s mental health, with both increased exposure to stress and reduced access to mental health support amplifying the issue
We are planning several exciting fundraising activities internally at Futures to support Leeds Mind with their vision to support the people of Leeds to achieve better mental health for all, including taking part in the ‘Carry the Burden’ campaign set to take place later this month where you can read more and donate here. Funds raised will go towards running their online peer support programme for the local community which has had to move online due to the pandemic limiting face-to-face contact.
Tom Liptrot, Managing Director at Futures said: “We are really excited to announce our partnership with Leeds Mind, a collaboration where we are able to support mental health locally. This is a cause close to our hearts and we understand that it needs to be a priority, now more so than ever.”
Charli Brunning, Corporate Fundraising Officer for Leeds Mind said: “Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Futures, for choosing to support Leeds Mind in these ever-uncertain times. Now more than ever, our charity needs the backing of local businesses to enable us to support local people in accessing mental health services, with this in mind, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Futures as the latest Leeds Mind corporate partner. Having spoken to the team, I know there are some incredibly exciting campaigns in the pipeline, and I look forward to working with them throughout the next 12 months and beyond.”
Working in an industry that is people-centred, actively promoting wellbeing is extremely important to us. The team are committed to creating a work environment that is both supportive and inclusive and actively prioritise the wellbeing of staff, ensuring the work environment is safe and comfortable whilst also putting focus on a healthy work-life balance. Futures also highlight the importance of wider social, environmental, and economic impact of businesses’ actions and we’re working with stakeholders to maximise the positive influence that we can bring to the local community.
We look forward to supporting Leeds Mind over the next year!