I am a SENCo in a school on the Somerset/Dorset boarder. I have 3 children ranging from 10 years to 16 years old and am passionate about helping children and families. I trained to deliver Mental Health First Aid Youth and am also developing my skills further as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I understand the joys and pitfalls of parenting which has never been more challenging that in the current Covid-19 situation. Despite being a trained teacher, home education has brought up some interesting challenges. As such I am grateful that Mindfulness is central to my practice as this has supported me and my family to manage some very difficult emotions.
As a Mental Health Campaigner and MHFA England Instructor Member who lives in Wells, Somerset with her husband. She has four sons who are all currently studying at Uni. Kay provides mental health awareness and skills training to a variety of organisations, businesses and communities nationally with the aim of helping people to develop the skills to look after their own and others' wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health. As a highly experienced trainer, Kay has spent the past 20 years working with vast numbers of individuals experiencing a range of mild to severe Mental Health issues as well as those supporting others experiencing Mental ill health. In 2009 Kay undertook four years of part time training to become a Homeopath which gave her an excellent understanding of the importance of holistic wellbeing. Clinic experience coupled with educational experience led Kay to becoming a Mental Health First Aid Instructor as well as offering a range of health and wellbeing workshops to include bespoke Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health at Work courses as well as workshops in Mindfulness and Peer Support. Kay believes that if this training can help to increase mental health awareness literacy and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health then hopefully this will translate into a decrease in sickness absence and an increase in wellbeing and improved productivity in the workplace.