I am a CIPD HR professional; first degree in Criminology, post graduate in Vocational Rehabilitation. I am a licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor in all MHFA courses, with the exception Armed Forces MHFA. My specialist area is mental health and employment and vocational rehabilitation.
I have worked in the field of workplace wellbeing for 10 years, managing NHS projects, a social enterprise, and working within third sector infrastructure. The work that I have undertaken has led me to towards a specific interest in mental health. In 2015 I set up a training company, Mind Matters, following my work in mental health. My academic experience includes Human Resources, Criminology, and Vocational Rehabilitation, and now Resilience also. I am a qualified training instructor, and I deliver a wide range of courses for Mental Health First Aid England CIC.
My philosophy for Mind Matters…
“We want to make a positive difference to people’s mental health and well-being through awareness raising, self-management, and accessing early intervention when it is required. We want to challenge stigma, and get people talking about their mental health like they would their physical health.”
A big motivator behind the work I do is my late brother’s experience of mental ill health and learning disabilities. Part of my work is about raising awareness of his story, and in particular raising mental health literacy. This is situated within the context of the whole workplace wellbeing agenda, an area I have focussed on in a wider sense, particularly in my project work at the NHS training up 50+ Workplace Health Champions.
I am very passionate about mental health, raising people’s knowledge of it and how it can be positively managed, both for themselves and others.
Categories: North East England, Strengthening Personal Resilience, United Kingdom