Why I started Diverse Minds and my journey

I’m really excited to introduce the first episode of my podcast, and I thought I’d use the opportunity to talk about why I started my company, Diverse Minds

I have to say, I never thought I’d be running my own business. It wasn’t something I wanted to do.

Some people are born entrepreneurs and they know it from day one. As teenagers, they do young enterprise programs and know or have an idea of what they want to do. I have to say, that wasn’t me. 

Listen to the episode

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In today’s show, I talk about:

  • My background in mental health and wellbeing. [00:57]
  • How external organisations approached me to do mental health training for their teams. [02:43]
  • When I made the decision to start my own business. [03:27]
  • Some concerns I had about starting my own business. [04:01]
  • Some statistics about mental health that motivated me to start my own business. [04:19]
  • Why I decided to launch a podcast. [05:35]

After listening to this episode, you are going to understand why I founded my company, why I decided to launch the Diverse Minds podcast and how I intend to use to help you on your mental health journey.

Here are some helpful resources I mentioned in this episode:

Here are some statistics you might find useful

  • 12.5 million days were lost due to work-related stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Mental ill-health costs UK businesses in the same year around £35 billion pounds. 
  • One in six employees will experience mental ill-health at work.
  • 75% of mental ill-health starts at the age of 18.
  • Less than 25% of all managers in the UK have received any specific form of mental health training.


  • Those of you who know me well, in a personal capacity, know that I prefer talking to writing. And you’ll vouch for the fact that I love to talk.
  • Leyla, you need to go deep not wide!
  • Why I opted not to go for video. The main reason being podcasts have really been a companion for me as I’ve grown my business.
  • The way I wanted to make sure that podcasts that I produce and give to you are of professional quality.
  • I know that reading is not everyone’s preferred style, therefore I wanted to make sure there was another medium that you can access information from me.
  • How to share knowledge and I want people to feel included.
  • Remember, it’s a journey. You don’t have to do it all on your own.

What to do next?

If you want to know more, download the mentally healthy line manager e-book that I’ve written in response to not only my experience, but all the questions that I’ve been asked during training sessions and coaching sessions as a resource for you. 

If you’re interested in work-life balance, book into the waiting list for the next mentally healthy leader course.

Work with me

If you fancy working with me on a one-to-one basis, feel free to email me at leyla@diverseminds.co.uk or book a time so that we can chat about what might be right for you.

Subscribe to the podcast

If you enjoyed this episode, then consider subscribing on Apple podcast, Spotify or wherever you access your podcasts from. 

You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion.

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