I care because I have survived the crushing reality of mental illness myself. I know what it feels like to sit at a desk, and be surrounded by colleagues and yet feel completely alone. I am incredibly passionate about ensuring people have access to the support they need.
My own experiences led me to this career and I am extremely passionate about assisting organizations get the very best out of their people, and ensuring people get the support they deserve.
What I sell is results, not pre-boxed packages
We will work together to create a road map that is right for your business, to get people engaged, learning and absorbing life-changing information.
I resonate with people on a personal level and know how to get people captivated, listening intently and put what they learn into action.
A box-ticking, corporate-speaking robot who has a set training programme and wants to get paid and leave with no follow-up.
This is what I see all too often in this space, and it is really saddening to see.
Be the company that cares enough to do something and reap the benefits by investing in your employees’ mental health.
If you are on this page then you are probably wondering what makes me so different to the countless other wellbeing consultants & trainers out there.
That is a perfectly reasonable thing to wonder.
There are now so many Mental Health trainers. Many of whom will sell you a fixed training programme, leave your employees unengaged and bored, take your money and be off on their merry way with all their little boxes ticked.
I’d like to tell you a bit about me, and what makes me so different.
I had a promising career as an engineer in the Royal Air Force, I was good at my job, I loved my job, and was in it for the long haul.
However, life (as it often does), had other plans and after a tough tour in Afghanistan in 2011 I developed Post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression. My life fell apart around me, at my lowest I began suffering psychotic episodes and many times, I felt on the verge of ending my life.
That’s when I knew I had a decision to make, I could end it all now or get up and fight for my health & happiness. I decided to fight and take action, a decision which would go on to change my life beyond all recognition. After years of therapy, multiple medications and hundreds of hours invested into my personal development and recovery things didn’t just improve, I was a completely different person.
Now at a point where I was 90% symptom free from PTSD and depression, my career in the RAF was now over and I was working an unfulfilling job in IT, I knew that I could offer more to the world. I published my book ‘From the bottom of the barrel’ in early 2019 and was blown away by its reception. This fuelled my desire to end the toxic stigma around mental health and show people suffering that they are not alone and they can make it through.
That’s why I qualified in coaching and chose to specialise in mental health, so I could help others defeat their demons and turn their lives around as well. The more work I did in mental health the more people would approach me who felt they had nowhere else to turn. One day at work, the point came where I found myself having a conversation with someone that would stop them from ending their life, that person told me they wouldn’t have said anything if I hadn’t of been so open about my past issues.
It was clear that this one person wasn’t a one off, people all over were feeling just as helpless and desperate but by combining my unique experience with nationally recognised training I could create change on a much wider scale. I could turn my battle to end the stigma into a war, the difference between this war and my time in Afghanistan; this war would save lives.
Everyone has two things in common; everyone has their demons, and everyone wants one thing, to be truly happy.
I have the best job in the world!
We all know how important employees are, people thrive when they’re happier and healthier and the results show in the end of year reports but a 45 minute PowerPoint snorefest, occasional free pizza and a fruit basket aren’t going to cut it.