I am a CIPD HR professional; first degree in Criminology, post graduate in Vocational Rehabilitation. I am a licensed Master Trainer in Strengthening Personal Resilience through The Resilience Training Company, a Mental Health First Aid Instructor qualified in all Adult and Youth MHFA courses, and an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) Trainer. My specialism is mental health and employment, in particular 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 and employment. In 2015 I set up my own training company, Mind Matters Training Ltd, following my work in mental health. I am a qualified training instructor, and I deliver a wide range of courses as an Associate Trainer for Mental Health First Aid England CIC, Mindful Employer, and The Growth Company (IIP North).
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 Robert’s story, and in particular raising mental health literacy. This is situated within the context of workplace wellbeing, an area I have focussed on particularly in my work at the NHS, training up 50+ Workplace Health Champions, and acknowledged nationally in our project being awarded the Big Society 2012 Award, and reaching the finals of the National Lottery Awards.
Categories: North East England, Strengthening Personal Resilience, United Kingdom