A Yorkshire-based mental strength training school is hosting a national tour across nine major cities with the aim to de-stigmatise mental health issues at work.

Launching at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds on March 20, with day two to be held at Lupton Fawcett on March 21, the Chakra Corporate Mental Strength for the Nation tour will provide businesses with the knowledge and capability to overview their wellbeing policies, and understand mental health in the workplace.

Leeds Rhinos star and mental health awareness ambassador, Stevie Ward, will appear at both of the Leeds launch events, sharing his own personal experience of depression and anxiety.

Stevie now proudly directs Mantality Magazine, which encourages positive mental health for men through expanding comfort zones and inspiring men to live a more comprehensive version of themselves.

With a wealth of experience, having recently spoken at a key mental health awareness event in front of Prince Harry, Stevie utilises his platform to inspire young men to speak out about mental health issues.

The two-day Leeds launch event welcomes HR professionals and business leaders to hear from a variety guest speakers including wellbeing and legal experts, as well as receiving a full delegate pack and the opportunity take part in a self-case session at the end of each day.

Founded in 2016 by Leeds-based psychotherapist, Zainah Khan, Chakra Corporate is a mental strength training school which aims to remove the stigma from mental health issues at work and increase resilience to stress.

The Chakra Corporate Mental Strength for the Nation tour will provide a unique insight into mental health in various workplaces, and how key individuals death with these.

With limited spaces available, tickets for the Leeds launch of the Mental Strength for the Nation tour can be booked at a double day discount rate of £159 via Eventbrite:

Commenting on the Mental Strength for the Nation tour, founder and managing director at Chakra Corporate, Zainah Khan said:

“It is so important for business leaders to understand mental health in the workplace, and how they are implementing support strategies for their staff. Mental ill-health is costly in business and it is important that we are strengthening workplace relationships in the way of wellbeing support, to help businesses to thrive, flourish and champion a duty of care.”

Stevie Ward commented:

“I’m really looking forward to speaking at the Chakra Corporate mental health tour launch event in Leeds as we continue to de-stigmatise mental health in the UK. It’s a subject that’s close to my heart and there is some great work being done to improve understanding of mental health however it’s important that we continue to build on this and educate as many people as possible.”

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Chakra Corporate is a Mental Strength Training School designed to destigmatise mental health issues in the workplace and increase resilience to stress. This is done through a unique psychotherapy approach that aims to increase self-awareness and promote early intervention with mental health issues to reduce sickness absence and presenteeism in corporate working environments.

Chakra has supported many organisations across a wide range of industries in adopting a mentally healthy culture. In January 2018, Chakra's client, Specsavers, was voted the Winner of the Health and Wellbeing Practice of the Year by the Association of Optometrists following the delivery of a three-month programme around Building Your Mental Strength Toolkit. Chakra has also supported staff in the organisations such as the NHS, Morrison Utility Services, Hope Park Business Centres, the Chartered Institute of Building, Doosan Rushlift, RBS, Leeds Beckett University, Craven College and Lambert Smith Hampton.

Chakra was launched in April 2016 by Zainah Khan, a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor who has worked in a number of corporate workplaces historically, including financial services and education, and experienced the stress of highly pressurised teams which ultimately leads to low retention rates and absences related to poor mental health.