MHFA Instructor, Author, Keynote Speaker and Consultant
I am dedicated to leading a new agenda to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the early years workforce. Mental Health literacy is everyone’s business. I believe that it should be of enormous importance to us all – for ourselves, our children and our whole community so that we can all thrive.
Going to work should be good for us, yet sadly, we often find issues at work negatively influencing our wellbeing and posing a risk to our mental health. Whilst mental health awareness is increasing, too many people are still becoming unwell. Stigma and discrimination toward mental ill-health still exist. For far too long, the early education sector has been ill-equipped and unprepared when it comes to dealing with and understanding mental health.
That is likely because many of us will have never received any formal training or professional development relating to the wellbeing of early years educators.
Times are changing, and you are part of that change. My book, A Guide To Mental Health For Early Years Educators, amplifies the voices of educators to highlight the true meaning of wellbeing. One that incorporates inclusion and belonging, cultivating a deep culture of wellbeing.
If you would like to work with me, I deliver a range of training specialising in adult and children’s mental health and wellbeing. Get in touch, and together we can create change, increase mental health literacy in early years education and make wellbeing heart centric to your pedagogy and practice.
Why train with me?
MHFA England is the only provider of licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training in England
The MHFA England Instructor Training programme is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health
Grounded in research and rigorously tested, our courses are developed by experts with input from people with lived experience of mental health issues
You’ll be joining a community of over 2.6 million MHFA-trained people in 25 countries around the world
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