Caring for your mental health

The vast majority of people who have experienced or live with mental health issues continue to work successfully and are valuable members of the workforce. Unfortunately, one-in-four of us will suffer from mental health issues during our lifetime.

Support we offer

As an organisation committed to staff wellbeing, Nottinghamshire YMCA has a specific mental health policy (and associated guidance) that has been developed to ensure the right help and support is available for staff.

In addition to this policy, we also offer a wide range of support such as confidential counselling through Westfield Health or, if you are not a member, through an alternative provider. You can also speak in confidence to Jo Tatum our Workplace Chaplain, your Manager or HR by contacting

With healthy living being a core contributor to wellbeing, all members of contracted staff receive free YMCA gym membership!

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mental_health_champions_MHFAMental Health Champions scheme

As well as being a Mindful Employer, we have introduced the Mental Health Champion scheme to further support Nottinghamshire YMCA staff with mental health issues and general wellbeing.

Mental Health Champions are qualified members of staff in each department who have been specially trained by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) to offer support, advice and signpost staff experiencing poor mental health.




You can reach out to any of the following Mental Health Champions for support:

  • Rebecca Owens
  • Emma Sleight
  • Emma Grimwood
  • Katie Crookendale
  • Stephanie Hurley
  • Rachel Nevin
  • Becky King
  • Stephanie Kremer
  • Valerie Burrell
  • Gary Sivier
  • Emma Hodgett
  • Chris Jarvis
  • Daniel Graham
  • Fran Baggan
  • Andy Cannon
  • Maziyah Bibi
  • Kineisha Naylor
  • Kathleen Beaumont
  • David Southgate

 Mental Health Resources

Here are some resources that you can utilise to help manage your mental health, relieve stress, and find a good work-life balance…

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It is important that you have all the support you need for maintaining good mental health, both inside and outside of work.

Mental Health Foundation 

The team’s knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering mental health change for more than 60 years. They offer podcasts, videos, and more tools for you to test your stress levels.

Time to Change 

Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. You can access their free resources below.

NHS Mental Health

Information about how to find a therapist, how to access mental health services, and how to manage a mental health emergency.

Mental Health at Work 

Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or alone, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is here to help you find the information and resources you need.

Truth Mental Health 

A local charity which offers peer support groups for male and female mental health issues, LGBTQ+ specific groups, male and female domestic abuse and more. Please contact Alex Inkley to find out more at


A UK mental health charity, they can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or to reach out to sources of support.

Enhancing Employee Wellbeing

Check out these great ‘Mental Health at Work’ online modules by Salesforce! Covering everything from financial wellbeing and healthy eating to the value to sleep…

Remote Working and Mental Health

‘People Managing People’ discuss the impact of remote working on your mental health, concerns about ‘Zoom Burnout’ and share 10 tips for improving Mental Health in the Workplace.

Sleep Geek and Nottinghamshire YMCA

Good sleep is essential for good mental health and wellbeing. As part of our commitment to staff wellbeing, we have been working with James Wilson.

James Wilson, commonly known as Sleep Geek, is a ‘Sleep Behaviour, Sleep Environment and Sleep Product’ expert. As well as being a qualified Sleep Practitioner, he is also someone who has spent more than half his life in the sleep industry, having experienced sleeping difficulties himself. 

As the third generation of his family to be involved in sleep-related products, James went from working out of his parents’ garage to supplying people and businesses all over the world with sleep products, knowledge and insight, but most importantly helping those who struggle to sleep learn how to snooze soundly.

James offers an insight into how to help people solve their sleep issues, working with poor sleepers from cradle to grave. In 2017, he stared in the channel 4 documentary The Secrets of Sleep, helping people across the UK with their sleeping problems, which spanned from snoring to sleep walking.

James has delivered several talks at Nottinghamshire YMCA to offer his advice and support for our staff getting a good night’s sleep, and how we can reduce our stress levels through the power of rest and relaxation.

If you would like to learn about upcoming wellbeing and mental health workshops, please contact HR at

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Top tips for a good night’s sleep…

During extreme heat waves, many people find it more difficult to get adequate sleep.

Extreme heat can affect your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and feel refreshed from sleep, so here are some tips to help you sleep better this summer:

  • Soak your feet in cold water for 10 minutes before going to bed, as heat is lost more quickly through your extremities (feet and head).
  • Have a cool or lukewarm shower or bath just before going to bed. This cools the body directly and can help reduce the temperature of your skin.
  • Avoid exercising close to bed time, as it will increase your internal temperature. If you choose to exercise, exercise several hours before bed time to allow your body the opportunity to cool down.
  • Avoid hot, heavy or spicy food/meals, particularly near bedtime.
  • Also avoid chocolate or caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, and energy drinks) in the late afternoon or evening, as these can keep you awake. Alcohol and caffeinated drinks increase dehydration and should be avoided.