Leeds Leads: Healthy Minds for a Thriving City

dsc_4952xHosted on World Mental Health, the Foundation welcomed keynote speakers Alastair Campbell, Clarke Carlisle and Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordan, who all shared their own personal experiences of mental ill-health.

Over 140 business leaders attended the event at Asda MCE on 10 October 2016. We are now calling on businesses and individuals to play their part and help end the stigma surround mental health and raise money for people living with mental health issues in Leeds.

Play your part

  1. Download and share our event pack to get involved. 
  2. Visit: www.leedscf.org.uk/how-to-get-involved
  3. Contact Rachel Evans (rachel@leedscf.org.uk) or call 0113 242 2426 to arrange a meeting with the team.


Continue the conversations

  • Yorkshire Evening Post’s #SpeakYourMind campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of mental health problems.
  • MindWell was launched on World Mental Health Day. Single ‘go to’ place for information about mental health in Leeds.
  • MindMate is a mental health website for young people in Leeds, their families and professionals who support them.
  • 10 step toolkit for employers, full of resources and actions to create better mental health awareness and support for your workplace.






Leeds Leads Keynote Speakers 2016 

Alastair Campbell

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Born in Yorkshire, Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy. In recent years he has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree (the country’s only charity for the suicidal), and of Kidstime (which supports the children of mentally ill parents).


Clarke Carlisle
Clarke-Carlisle smaller x4Former footballer Clarke Carlisle is noted as one of the most eloquent, insightful voices in the modern game. He gained a great deal of acclaim and recognition in his time as chairman of the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and his work speaking up against racism, homophobia and other excesses of the game on and off the pitch; amongst fans and players. However, it was off the pitch that Clarke became best known. He was vocal about his own personal battles with drink and depression which led to a spell at the Sporting Chance Clinic. Clarke spoke openly about both the difficulty in dealing with such issues in sport and also the reluctance to discuss mental health more generally.

Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan

The youngest ever Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom has helped set an ambition for Leeds to be Best City by 2030. Tom has been influential in ensuring significant progress on the city’s development, with £3.8billion of investment in Leeds over the last decade, including the completion of the First Direct Arena and Trinity shopping Centre, and over 1 million square feet of office and commercial space under construction. Tom has been affected by mental health issues within his family and is proud to be the council’s designated mental health champion to encourage more people to speak about their personal experiences to make it easier for others to overcome their own challenges.



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