Laura McCullagh recorded on 04/05/2022
Laura McCullagh has worked for 15+ years in the voluntary sector – starting her career in Leeds, then Edinburgh, London and back to Leeds again. Laura has worked in a range of organisations and roles, generally advocating for the rights of groups that are often regarded as vulnerable and experience exclusion, discrimination and unfair treatment – e.g. people who are homeless, in poverty, facing addiction, poor mental health or involvement in the criminal justice system.
Originally from a remote village in the Yorkshire Dales she has a particular interest in rural mental health and mental health stigma in rural communities.
Her current role involves working with employers and business owners to help improve understanding of mental health; promote inclusion of people with mental health difficulties in the workforce and develop workplace cultures and practices that are positive for staff wellbeing.
Leeds Mindful Employer Network is a peer support network enabling local employers to learn more about mental health and wellbeing at work. Through the Network Laura promotes the national Mindful Employer initiative which allows employers to sign the Mindful Employer Charter for employers positive about mental health.