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The Mental Impact of Endometriosis

For Endometriosis Awareness Week, this is a special piece about the mental impact of experiencing Endometriosis. I am delighted that Kells Swaby of Endo & U has written this blog for Diverse Minds. I  used to be a Trustee of the Endometriosis She Trust, so this is something I feel passionately about as an ally. Pain and Endometriosis I sit here writing this blog with my faithful Livia (a device that provides drug-free relief from menstrual cramps). It is attached…

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Four ways love can improve your Mental Health

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you sick of seeing red and pink everywhere yet? I am surprised that with each year  Valentine’s Day becomes more intense . Larger bouquets, boxes of chocolates, dine in for two offers and cards. What I do want to focus on however, is how love aka connection can improve your mental health. The story of St Valentine Saint Valentine of Rome was a priest and bishop in the 3rd Century Roman Empire. He ministered to Christians,…

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Inclusive Leadership is a journey not a final destination

This week I presented at the TetraMap® UK Development Day on inclusive leadership. The presentation followed-on from a paper I co-authored with Anne Clews, Head of Performance Learning at Curium Solutions, entitled Empowering Inclusive Leaders for a Diverse World. In the last five years there has been significant discussion on the topic of Inclusive Leadership. Bothwick and Sweeney’s book Inclusive Leadership published October 2016 followed by Frost and Alidina’s book published this month entitled Building an Inclusive Organisation  shows the…

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How you can get involved in Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day You may think speaking openly about mental health in the workplace is not the “done thing”. More like a topic that is discussed in hushed tones behind closed doors. Well, think again, today 7 Feb is Time to Talk Day led by Time to Change. It is about empowering everyone to have conversations about mental health. It is organisations’ and individuals’ opportunity to reduce stigma by talking about mental health and mental-ill health in an open way.   We…

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Get on Board: Why diversity on boards matters

This week I attended the University of Leeds Council Meeting, from the other side of the table. What do I mean by this? I used to be a member of Council as a Student Union Officer in 2003-2004. November last year I was asked to become a Council member (equivalent to a trustee). I was filled with joy. You may think, why? Firstly, it was my alma matter, so I was honoured. Secondly, as I run my own business it’s…

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