A qualified teacher, coach and trainer, I initially trained as an Art Historian but then changed tracks to HR, training and management and now have over 25 years' of experience in the health and social care sector. I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sector, in both large and small organisations, supporting staff training across the fields of mental health, learning disability, older people, dementia and children and young people. A devotee of life-long learning I have a B.Ed (Hons), an M.Litt, a PhD, an MA in Public Sector Management and a PG.Cert in Coaching, and achieved professional MCIPD accreditation. I am really pleased to be working with Coastal West Sussex Mind to help better mental health skills in the workforce and create a wider awareness of the importance of mental health in organisations.
I have worked in the training team for over two years although I previously advised Coastal West Sussex Mind on human resource policies and procedures.
I come from a human resources management background, with over 10 years’ experience. After graduating from The University of Birmingham with a Psychology BSc, I started working for the Prison Service as an Occupational Psychology Assistant, recruiting prison officers. From this experience, I decided to pursue a career in HR and I have worked in both the private and public sectors. Alongside my career, I have completed a Human Resource Management MSc and the HR & Learning & Development professional qualification, achieving Chartered status. After enjoying a varied and interesting HR career, I am now enjoying working as a Project Manager in the Training Team at Coastal West Sussex Mind.
I have recently joined Coastal West Sussex Coastal Mind as a Training Coordinator. For the past five and half years I have been working for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (formally the Probation Service) as a Training Officer and VQ Assessor.
Prior to joining KSS CRC, my background was predominately in IT support and I worked for an international airline leading one of their support teams after graduating from university with a Business Information Systems Degree. During this time I became involved in the development and delivery of training and I began to move my career in this direction.
I am really excited to be working in the area of Mental Health, and am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to contribute towards offering individuals and organisations better access to training and information in this area.
I have over 15 years’ experience in designing and delivering mental health services. I started helping people in crisis and then moved into consultancy, working on national pilots with the NHS, Bipolar UK and more recently, on an approach for people experiencing psychosis.
I’m aware of the role that inequality can have on well-being and opportunities so I’m passionate about finding tools and ideas that are accessible to a diverse audience and promote choice, independence and hope.
Since 2007, I have been involved in well-being in the workplace initiatives, with small and large employers. I am accredited with the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and regularly update my awareness on employment law and practical ways to create a welcoming culture around mental health.
I am currently training in approaches to deal with trauma and stress and I integrate the latest research into techniques that can be used every day to foster resilience and energy.
In my free time, I enjoy storytelling, cooking and drawing cartoons.
I have specialised in mental health and employment since 2008. I am experienced in delivering training, including mental health first aid, mental health at work, resilience and stress management across public, private and voluntary organisations. I have a strong desire to change attitudes about mental health.
Previously, I worked on a Time to Change project, supporting people who had experienced mental health problems get involved with training to reduce stigma and discrimination. I now volunteer on a similar project with Albion in the Community.
In my spare time I am a member of a triathlon club and enjoy playing music with friends on the fiddle, cello and ukulele.
I have worked as a psychiatric nurse, careers advisor, clinical hypnotherapist, human resources practitioner and research and development project manager for numerous government bodies. My work focuses on helping people recognise and meet their potential, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. My aim is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their well-being, and for them to know how to support others in preventing or dealing with a mental health condition.
I am an associate lecturer on resilience for the Universities of Chichester and Brighton, the expert advisor for Skills for Care on resilience and an associate for In Equilibrium. I specialise in translating the latest research into lively, evidence-based training to create memorable learning which many report as transformative.
I am a qualified teacher and project manager, having worked for the last 10 years designing projects for young adults living with poor mental health. Many of these adults experienced psychosis, eating disorders, bipolar, anxiety or depression, and most were living in care or were street homeless. I have also worked for the Home Office, delivering workshops to front-line professionals working with gangs, exploring the relationship between offending and poor mental health.
As a conflict trainer and consultant, I use role play with various professionals and young adults to help develop their self-esteem and explore their lived experiences to improve emotional resilience, life chances and well-being.
Socially, I enjoy independently travelling the world and I am an active member of Brighton and Hove Hockey Club.
I have a wealth of experience in the training industry, previously running a successful company which managed the training departments of blue chip and public sector organisations. For the past 10 years, I have been involved in mental health, running a community interest company providing equine-assisted therapy to adults and young people with mental health issues. More recently, I became a Time to Change champion, helping to reduce the stigma of mental ill-health.
Working with Brighton and Hove Albion’s community arm, I have been involved in delivering a number of mental health awareness workshops across Sussex. With over 19 years of lived experience in managing a lifelong mental health condition, I am able to draw upon a vast array of personal experience to bring a greater depth of understanding in the courses I deliver. I am also a service user governor of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, helping to shape mental health provision across the region.
I am a qualified teacher with over 30 years’ experience managing, developing and delivering training to voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations. For the past 10 years I have focused on giving mental health awareness training across the south of England to encourage people to talk about mental health, increase their knowledge and understanding, and challenge stigma and discrimination.
I am an approved mental health first aid (MHFA) and youth MHFA instructor and also deliver training on anxiety, depression and personality disorder. I am a trainer for Brighton and Hove and Sussex Recovery College and deliver training around personalisation for adult social care staff.
In my free time, I enjoy playing the accordion and walking my dog, James.
I have been delivering mental health (MHFA, Adult, Youth & Workplace) and suicide prevention courses (ASIST and SafeTALK) for over 11 years. I have a business background, having graduated from Brighton University with an honours degree, and spent many years as a human resources professional with British Telecom and Philips Electronics. I am also a qualified psychodynamic counsellor and further education teacher.
My passion is to help people to stay safe from suicide and to fight the stigma and discrimination that exists about mental health. I spent 10 years working for a Brighton-based mental health charity, supporting people in their recovery and helping them re-enter the workplace. I am a member of the national training team for Mental Health First Aid England, which means I train new trainers, and I am an international training coach for Living Works Education. I live in Brighton with my wife, Jane, and children Rob, Ava and Jem.
I am a qualified integrative counselling psychotherapist with a background in human resources and corporate recruitment. I have 15 years’ experience of working in mental health and, most recently, have been managing a charity which provides specialist employment services.
I am part of the MHFA national training team, an approved MHFA, Youth MHFA and MHFA workplace trainer, an ILM accredited stress management society trainer and also provide bespoke training around mental health and stress. Outside of training, I provide specialist employment retention services for various organisations.
I am committed to reducing stigma and improving employment (and other) opportunities for people who face barriers because of mental illness.
I love the outdoors and am often to be found stomping or cycling through rain and mud!
I am a freelance trainer, facilitator and consultant specialising in suicide prevention, mental health and LGBTQ issues. As one of the co-founders of Grassroots Suicide Prevention, I have developed expertise in suicide prevention, community engagement and in delivering training programmes including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) and safeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone).
I have also designed and delivered a range of courses related to mental health, including stigma-reduction, recovery and workplace mental health. I have a strong interest in community engagement and development, including with the LGBTQ community, and am very interested in bringing an embodied approach to my work.
I have worked in mental health related services as a front line worker, service development manager, service manager and trainer for over 25 years and have focused specifically on suicide prevention for the last 11 years. I co-founded Grassroots Suicide Prevention in 2006 and was CEO until December 2016. I have a social work background and was previously Service Manager for Mind in Brighton & Hove’s Advice and Information and Service User Involvement Services. I have also worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse and people with lived experience of suicide and mental ill health in community and acute settings.
I have extensive experience in designing and delivering bespoke and accredited mental health, self injury and suicide prevention training to a wide rage of audiences. I am an ASIST Consulting Trainer and safeTALK trainer. I am now embarking on another suicide prevention related journey as a freelance trainer and consultant.
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