News / Mel Joseph, founder of Mente, talks about her startup based in Preston.

Mel Joseph, the Founder and Managing Director of Mente recently spoke to Prolific North about her startup which is based in Preston. 

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Mente is the first digital multi-faceted one-stop solution for managing mental health in the workplace. The Mente platform is a learner management system with CPD accredited mental health education, a robust resource library covering all illnesses as well as triggers that impact individuals, and a management backend.

The company spent over two years building the platform, supported by Lancaster University, EDRF funding and private investors, and now works with thousands of mental health associates around the country. The founder spent over 20 years in finance before moving into tech and has lived experience of mental illness caused by her city finance job. 

What’s been the hardest thing about getting Mente off the ground?

Daring to be different and not following the rule book. While everyone else was selling workshops and employee assistance programmes we were selling the idea of protection, safety and risk with a continuous programme that changed as the business and employees did.

When I first started this journey, there were very few people even discussing legislation besides lawyers. It felt like it was a very fluffy market approach to managing the problem. 

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Mel Joseph, founder of Mente, talks about her startup based in Preston.