The people who bring The Mental Health Toolkit to life
Our trainers come from diverse professional fields, having worked in mental health services, education, prisons, addiction and trauma treatment, and organisational leadership roles.
But there are many things our trainers have in common:
- They recognise you as an expert in your own experience
- They share the view that the best way to respond to rising stress, anxiety and depression is to share the knowledge and skills needed to promote mental health at home, at work, in schools and everyday life
- They seek to free ideas from clinical jargon and communicate them in language which is inclusive of everyone and easy for you to share
- They give you a framework that even experienced professionals gain from, which will help you to make sense of your experiences, too
- They share techniques with you that are informed by their extensive professional experiences and qualifications as psychotherapists
And they can tell you in their own words what they love about being Mental Health Toolkit trainers a little further down the page.
We also have a team of skilled co-facilitators
Our co-facilitators join trainers on all our online courses, allowing the trainer to give their full attention to the group and stay focused on delivery. This sets us apart from most other online training providers. The co-facilitators also ensure the online environment is safe and secure – managing technical functionality and being a contact point for participants – to give learners a seamless experience.
What our Corporate Relationships Manager loves most about The Mental Health Toolkit
Wendy Sheppard liaises with organisations and employees to help them find the right training for their needs, and encourages businesses to go beyond with their workplace wellbeing. She also delivers our Introduction to The Mental Health Toolkit sessions.
“The most enjoyable and rewarding part of my role is when I get to talk to organisations across Suffolk and beyond. I have really meaningful conversations with decision makers who are looking to improve workplace culture and provide mental health solutions for their people.
“The Mental Health Toolkit by Suffolk Mind meets the immediate need and goes beyond by providing a ‘whole organisational wellbeing programme’. Once I have explained our approach to mental health, using the organising idea. I see faces change, it’s like a light bulb moment when they realise how relatable and user friendly it is. I just love it!”
What our Chief Executive loves most about The Mental Health Toolkit
Jon Neal is the Chief Executive of both The Mental Health Toolkit and our parent organisation, Suffolk Mind. He also presents our Introduction to The Mental Health Toolkit sessions.
“There are two things that are particularly satisfying about The Mental Health Toolkit. The first is the ‘penny drop’ moments that so many people experience when they realise ‘oh, that’s why my kids do that’, or ‘that’s why my team reacted badly to whatever-it-is’, and so on.
“The second is seeing how people implement what they’ve learned – whether they carry their cards around with them to aid chats with colleagues, or they use their cards to check in with themselves, even sharing the results or insights on LinkedIn so they have a record and can hold themselves to account.”