Here at Leeds Autism Services we take mental Health seriously. That's why we created our Mental Health First Aid team.

With lots of unexpected changes and current affairs affecting people’s wellbeing, ranging from the rise in the cost living, worries about employment, family stresses, plus feelings of loneliness or inadequacy. Talking about and addressing our mental health needs is just as important as looking after our physical health.

Our specially trained staff team are known as our Mental Health Champions and aim to be the main point of contact for employees who are experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. Say hello to Mark, Sharon and Lewis!

Our Mental Health First Aid team use their knowledge and training to provide initial support through non-judgemental listening and guidance. They are not trained to be therapists or psychiatrists, but can offer supportive conversations, reassurance and signposting advice to specialist organisations that can help with specific issues. 

As an organisation we aim to challenge stigmas and create a supportive environment to build a mentally healthy workplace. We have an Employee Assistance Programme that all staff can access plus the MHFA team launched a digital Mental Health Hub to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2022 full of useful tools and resources. 

Each of our Mental Health First Aiders completed their training and certificate with MHFA England and continue to develop their knowledge and understanding. The team deliver awareness talks to colleagues and also celebrate major annual events like World Suicide Prevention Day, World Mental Health Day, National Stress Awareness Day and many more.   

Easy Read Support

As well as supporting our employee's mental health, we also create a range of accessible easy-read wellbeing guides for autistic and neurodivergent people.

Covering all aspects of wellbeing from self care, money advice, healthy eating, emotional and practical support to making new friends and social activities, our Wellbeing Hub is designed to provide accessible information to help people feel great and stay healthy. 

Visit Wellbeing Hub