I am a qualified and experienced Mental Health First Aid Instructor who has delivered this, and other training in a wide range of settings and industries with great success over the past six years.
My experiences allow me to come at the issue of mental health from a number of angles, which I have found helpful in connecting with and answering questions from different “types” of delegate on courses. On the one hand, I have lived with my own wide ranging mental health issues for over 30 years, and my recovery is an ongoing work in progress. If needed I can bring that personal perspective to bear to help put a human face on some of the statistics.
I have been a manager, I have had staff with a wide range of mental health conditions who I have sought to support as best I could within the context of my organisations’ policies – and had to balance this with our business requirement and the needs of the wider team.
I have worked with HR, management and unions as part of the organisation’s Disabled Staff Network, looking at policy and strategic issues that shape the culture of the workplace, and helping managers to learn how to make effective and supportive reasonable adjustments to enable staff with Mental Health (and other) Disabilities to thrive and reach their full potential in their roles.
Last but not least I have also tried in my life to support family and friends when mental ill health has touched their lives. As it does us all I believe, sooner or later.
Ignoring any of these perspectives, or the wider world and society in which we live, will leave a gap in our understanding of people’s experience of mental health, and how and why the workplace can be a huge influence for good or ill in people’s lives. An open and positive approach to discussing the challenges is vital to make real progress.
I receive consistently excellent feedback from delegates and am told I create a safe and interesting environment for people to learn and if they wish, share their own experiences or perspectives.
I have a passion for helping people understand and improve their wellbeing, and I also bring my former professional skills to bear in my continued learning which backs up my work. (I was a Chartered Health Librarian for 16 years…)
I have delivered Mental Health training in / for the following sectors and more:
Civil Service / Government / NHS / Unions / Industry / Construction / Finance / Education / Public Sector / Private Sector / Third Sector / Charities / Service Industries / Local Government / Colleges / Universities / Manufacturing / Logistics / Transport / Aviation