Mental Health and Wellbeing Academy
Welcome to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Academy. Here you will find a range of courses that have been designed to teach you about Mental Health and how to support others who may be experiencing mental health issues. All of these courses will be beneficial to people supporting others, managers looking after their staff and those wanting to start exploring working within mental health.
A welcoming and friendly one day course designed to increase participants awareness of different mental health conditions, potential risk factors of mental health decline, signs and symptoms of mental ill health and the importance to protect and maintain wellbeing and own mental health and strategies of how to do this.
If you are a business or organisation looking for a course specifically designed for your own staff on a specific day and time then please contact us. We can offer discrete courses in Mental Health First Aid and Awareness of Mental Health. You can also book onto one of our pre-programmed courses by using the options above.
I am on a mission to start and continue conversations about mental health, helping people to normalise asking for help if they ever need it. Each and every one of us deserve to be happy, at peace and receive any support that we should need.
I am so proud to be part of this Team. Together we are powering through the stigma that has surrounded mental health. I want people to have a safe haven in a crisis, I want people to have control over their own lives. It is for this reason I am committed with passion and energy to be the difference, alleviating suffering, and empowering us all. I bring a wealth of experience to the group from over 25 years of working in education and wellbeing, bringing warmth and acceptance.
My goal in life is to inspire people to be the best person they can be.
I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives helping them to find happiness from within.
There is always one person or one sentence that changes the course of your life, I would like to be a part of that journey with you.
I live in north Dorset with my two beautiful children, teaching English, creative writing and creative writing for wellbeing. I believe that raising our awareness of our wellbeing and mental health enriches our day to day lives as well as helping us to make informed choices for ourselves and those we love.
Educated to degree level and a qualified Tutor, Assessor, and Internal Verifier, I have a keen interest in and a passion for improving mental health and wellbeing. I have practised yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for over 20 years, and this has been a useful tool to help me find relief from stress and to better understand myself. Having been actively involved in International Womens Day for many years, I am keen to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all women and their families. I have also worked in schools where I have been involved in training and signposting to offer practical support and mental health awareness for parents, carers, and their children. There is a lot more that needs to be done to break down the barriers and stigma surrounding mental health and to promote wellbeing, and I am looking forwarding to being involved in this important work with the Mental Health Academy.
I decided to retrain to become a tutor 8 years ago ( at Skills & Learning) – It’s one of the best decisions I have made; I love it! The courses I teach are all aimed at supporting people to be resilient and happy, and I believe that having strong mental health is an essential first step that everyone deserves to have, so they can succeed.
I’m lucky enough to enjoy my many work roles, which include stone carving, letter-cutting, garden maintenance, teaching ESOL and History with Skills & Learning. In my spare time, I grow vegetables and flowers, play the violin and piano, and sing in a local choir. I love learning, especially languages: I’m currently trying to get to grips with Arabic! I’m proud to be part of the Wellbeing Academy. Mental ill-health has been a taboo subject for far too long; we need to discuss and understand low mood, depression, stress and anxiety, and put coping mechanisms in place. Our courses are the first step in this process.
As a woman of ‘age’, starting work at 14, my employment experience covers banking, clerical, complaints, mystery shopping, barmaid work, waitressing, estate agency and I was head of a Dancing School for 7 years. I have also been a Manager in three jobs, teaching, selling and catering. A keen dancer in my youth, I am now a singer and crafter, I love writing, acting and learning new things. Because I suffer from anxiety, I have developed strategies to overcome my inner critic and part of this is to be prepared, so I immerse myself in whatever I feel I need to know before I am confident in making comments or ‘owning’ a conversation. I am an advanced teaching and learning coach and use coaching models in many of my teaching lessons. I am certain that personal self-awareness is one of the keys to understanding learning and developing the memory techniques that work for you. Qualifying as a teacher in my 50s, I am living proof that Adult Learning works. I am addicted to learning and sharing my passion.
Prior to joining Skills & Learning I worked in the computer department of a chemical company. I saw so many peers suffering with anxiety, stress, and depression from the increasing workload especially with 24 hours working. I realised how important it is to look after yourself and your colleagues. I had mental health issues, a few years ago, and came to realise how important it is to have good support and advice. It is vital that proper support be widely available when required. I was incredibly lucky because my doctors realised the importance of mental health and the NHS waiting lists were inordinately long, so they set up a free counselling service dealing with trauma. So many of my students are currently stressed about their jobs and their family. Young people, who I work with in a voluntary capacity, are struggling with uncertainties. We have been holding weekly get-togethers since March 2019 to help, encourage and listen. I am delighted that Skills for Learning are setting up an Academy to highlight mental health and to provide support to organisations.
Yesterday’s session was really thought provoking, and I very much valued your honesty and everyone else’s. It was a great comfort to know others feel similarly to me.
The session was peaceful and was a gift to give oneself.
The strategies were very useful and you gave us permission to be kind to ourselves in a way we probably already are to others.
Thank you so much for this morning – it was just what I needed and couldn’t have come at a better time.