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“3 children in every UK classroom are affected by mental health issues"

It is estimated that around 850,000 children in the UK are affected by mental illness. These children will grow into adults with mental health issues, which is why it is so crucial that we are able to spot signs early and get young people the support they need in order to overcome their illness.

We also run training days to empower your staff to work with young people. These courses can be attended by teachers, support staff and others working in a school environment.

Our trainers are teachers and coaches who bring a wealth of experience and expertise, combined with genuine passion for working with children. All our trainers understand the impact of mental health issues on the development of a young person: we work to build bright futures for young people by providing them with the facility to build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and positive mental attitudes, in order to provide them with the best possible toolkit with which to make the right choices on a day to day basis and for the future. We are committed to doing what we can to support young people in their mental wellbeing and to dispel the fear and stigma attached to mental health illness.

Scroll down to view the workshops, trainers and speakers that we have available. If you wish to book or make an enquiry, please email:


Our workshops can be run by either our speakers or trainers, or by companies that specifically run training workshops. They will actively engage with participants to help them learn about mental health and the importance of mental wellbeing, in a more interactive environment.

Tana Macpherson-Smith
Tana Macpherson-SmithTana is CEO of Clear Minds who specialise in workshops and coaching aimed at improving the mental wellbeing of young people in the UK and Europe. These workshops are delivered to schools, parents, children, teachers and families as well as offering motivational speaking.
Tana is also willing to speak about her own journey with mental illness to any audience at all. This is a flavour of some of the sessions she has done and can offer:
• Half and whole day INSET training for teachers on mental health and wellbeing, helping them recognise signs and symptoms of mental illness.
• Presentations and workshops for parents related to children and teenagers’ mental health and wellbeing.
• Workshops for pupils from Reception to Year 13 on all aspects of MH & wellbeing, such as understanding feelings, friendship issues, bullying, risk-taking, managing stress and anxiety around exams, etc.

Laura Hearn
Laura HearnLaura is founder of Jiggsy, an online Global community that connects sufferers, parents, carers, partners, of those with an eating disorder the unique ‘Jiggsaw’ platform, which offers the Jiggsy community a safe place to share their thoughts and feelings – through pictures and words – of living with, and recovering from, an eating disorder.
Laura suffered from an eating disorder and is now in recovery. She works for the BBC and helped launch the BBC Mental Health Campaign ‘Open Up’.
Laura is happy to offer workshops to schools and corporate organisations that include how to spot the signs of poor mental health and wellbeing, how to respond in certain situations, where to get help, and how to increase self-confidence skills.
Laura’s main focus is around eating disorders, as well as general mental health awareness.

Rachel Pink
Adam ShawRachel has nearly 20 years’ experience in producing and delivering creative training and workshops for children, young people and adults.

Rachel’s passion for facilitating engaging workshops is mirrored in her dedication to the progression of wellbeing and resilience techniques. Positive psychology, the compassionate mind, mindfulness and meditation are all tools which can be used, in a holistic approach, to build up resilience and promote wellbeing in the face of life’s adversities.

Rachel uses core elements of Theatre in Education and therapeutic drama techniques to engage participants. In the workshops, participants may get to freeze or suspend time within a story and ‘try out’ different solutions for characters. This helps participants to discover, in safety, coping techniques and positive emotions from changes in thought and behavior. This method encourages personal ‘lightbulb’ moments, facilitating deep understanding and empathy that will be carried forward into everyday living.

Rachel wishes to empower and inspire people to help them flourish in education, work and life.

Adam Shaw
Adam ShawAdam, The Heart Guy, worked as a senior qualified nurse and NHS Teacher and Assessor for over 13 years, leading teams in several areas including A&E, Coronary Care, Intensive Therapy and working with the dying. He has worked in four continents, with blue chip corporates and start-up businesses on stress reduction and resilience building programmes. He is also a Master Practitioner in several personal development disciplines, including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Reiki and Hypnotherapy.

Adam works to help individuals, schools and corporates reduce stress levels, improve communication and generally work and feel happier. He offers stress management talks, workshops, 1:1 mentoring, and teaching skills on how to improve business structures to better manage stress within a team.


Our trainers can provide bespoke mental health training suited to the needs of your students. They can provide your staff and students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become proactive in the way they deal with mental health difficulties.

Steve Waters
Steve WatersSteve is CEO of Teach Well Alliance, which supports teachers in schools, colleges and universities who are suffering from mental ill-health. Steve taught in secondary schools for 30 years, followed by 6 years as a consultant in a local authority school improvement team. During that time, he qualified as an approved BAC Counsellor. Steve is Mental Health First Aider and a Mindfulness practitioner. He is currently following a course in Corporate Wellbeing and Mental Health. He has qualifications in Personal Performance, Executive and Youth Impact Coaching from the Coaching Academy.
Steve’s determination to support sufferers challenge stigma has been reinforced by his own experience of living with bipolar disorder since the age of 17. He offers the following:
• Leading on Wellbeing: a two-day workshop for designated wellbeing leaders in companies and organisations, and Understanding Mental Illness: a one-day workshop
• Wellbeing at Work: training to embed wellbeing in the culture of your company or organisation
• 8-week online courses in mindfulness
• Lost for Words: practical coaching on how to speak to someone who is mentally unwell in the workplace.

Keith Waters
Keith Waters 2Keith is Director for the Centre of Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research in Derbyshire.
He has over 25 years of clinical experience in liaison psychiatry, self-harm and suicide prevention, having worked as a mental health nurse and team lead in the Emergency Department.
He is an experienced trainer, facilitator and presenter at local and national events and a consultant trainer for STORM Skills Training in their self-harm and suicide prevention module. He helped develop and deliver the SAPT (Suicide Awareness Partnership Training) program across the East Midlands. He is a Primary Trainer for Connecting with People and a member of local suicide prevention strategy groups across the East Midlands.
Keith focuses his training on the impact of suicide on businesses. Death by suicide can have a profound effect on a business and its employees. Organisations need to be able to respond by providing support to their employees to help them come to terms with their loss, while ensuring that the impact on the organisation and its day-to-day activities is contained.

Rani Gosal
Rani GosalRani is a dedicated and outcome-driven clinician, with a highly successful background in developing motivated, high-performing teams within challenging and pressurised work environments.
Rani has over 35 years of experience in the NHS, where she has served as a registered nurse and a leader in the field of mental health and learning disabilities, providing specialist interventions.
She is passionate about the wellbeing of people in the workplace and is a qualified executive coach which she has used to support others to achieve to their full potential. She has augmented a therapeutic approach with her coaching to create a unique style that provides support and helps individuals and teams grow from strength to strength.
Training offered includes:
• Coaching for personal and professional development
• Life coaching
• Practising mindfulness

Dave Lee
DaveLeeDave is CEO for A Deeper Understanding Ltd. He is also a renowned author, insightful speaker, transformation coach, workshop facilitator, philosopher, wellbeing consultant and father of two teenagers. He believes that we can all experience real change irrespective of our life experiences, if we are willing to see beyond what we think we know.
After hitting rock bottom due to a highly pressured job and an addiction to alcohol and other substances, Dave started to explore alternative ways of dealing with stress and his mental ill health issues, ones that didn’t involve alcohol or other substances. On this journey, he discovered tools that made both his personal and professional life easier.
He is now currently working with various companies, bodies and individuals, and helping them with:
• Fulfilling potential
• Conflict resolution
• Relationships
• Inner wellbeing
• Stress management
• Releasing creativity
Dave is also the author of The Hairy Arsed Builder’s Guide to Stress Management. He is passionate about sharing his insights and wisdom to create real change.

Marion Willers & Mary Anne Crook
Marion Willers Img.Mary Anne Crook Img4.Mary Anne and Marion are independent trainers in motivational interviewing, stress management, pre-retirement planning for employees, and mental health awareness. Mary Anne Crook is a former Health Promotion Specialist in the NHS and had been delivering ASIST since 2003. Marion Willers has a background in teaching, lecturing and law and has been training in ASIST since 2013.
They also offer the award-winning, evidence-based and fully evaluated two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). With this, you will learn various techniques and methods to help someone who is at risk of suicide. The course includes a workbook, presentations, films, practice simulations and a certificate of attendance and teaches a model of intervention adaptable for all situations. As well as this, they can offer safeTALK training – a half-day course for over 15s to learn how to become suicide-alert helpers, enabling them to be able to recognise people at risk of suicide. They also run suicideTALK – a course lasting up to half a day which helps with community awareness raising, inviting participants to become more aware of suicide prevention opportunities.

Romy Briant MBE
Romy BriantReducing the Risk is an award-winning Oxfordshire based charity which was founded by Romy Briant in 2007. It aims to bring people from different organisations together with a shared purpose of reducing the impact of domestic abuse on physical and mental health, on children, and on the community including the workplace. Romy’s own commitment and expertise are in family and professional relationships, emotional wellbeing, and preventing harm.
Reducing the Risk combines quality expertise and passion. The training team works regionally and nationally to provide:
• Consultancy and training for companies to develop skills and policies to support staff effected by domestic abuse and associated fragile mental health
• Training in schools, further education colleges and the workplace encompassing emotional wellbeing, respect for self and others, keeping safe and understanding domestic abuse
• Consultancy and training in a unique approach to enhancing the ability of staff to tackle abuse through working together across different organisations.
The charity also provides service in Oxfordshire for people affected through abuse and has specific expertise in support for those with fragile mental health.


We have a great network of people who will deliver talks to schools, businesses, and other areas of the community on a variety of mental health issues. A majority of our speakers have lived experience of mental illness, and have gone on to use this experience to help teach others about the importance of maintaining good mental wellbeing.

Hope Virgo
HopeHope is a mental health campaigner, author and an ambassador for the Shaw Mind Foundation.
Hope suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, before being admitted to a mental health hospital in 2007. She lived in the hospital for a year, fighting one of the hardest battles of her life. Since being discharged, she has fought to stay well.
Hope is now at the stage of ‘ongoing recovery’ and wants to use her experiences of mental illness to champion the rights of others, inspire them to get well, and help break the stigma.
She currently speaks at public events, conferences, and workplaces about her experiences, and is very popular amongst children and young people in schools.
Hope can offer talks based on her own experience of mental illness, providing advice for people on where to go to get help, signs of struggle for people to look out for, and the importance of engaging in conversation about mental illness.

Elaine Hanzak
Elaine HanzakElaine is a former teacher who has been on TV programmes such as BBC Breakfast, discussing perinatal mental health. She has published two books, the second of which – Another Twinkle in the Eye – Contemplating Another Pregnancy after Perinatal Mental Illness – was shortlisted by the BMA for their Popular Medicine Book of the Year 2016. It was highly commended for ‘outstanding contribution to medical literature.’
Elaine has chaired conferences, hosted award ceremonies and spoken to a wide range of corporate audiences, health professionals and students about her own experiences. She can offer:
• Talks based on her own experience of dealing with, and overcoming, mental health issues.
• ‘The importance of you’ – talks/webinars on the importance of looking after yourself, delivered in healthcare and the corporate world.
• Advice on minimising the risks of a postnatal illness, offered as a ‘standalone’ topic or part of a wider talk.
• Full-day, CPD-accredited workshop on awareness of perinatal mental health. The session can be aimed at all services involved with young families such as healthcare professionals, charities, community organisations and corporate organisations.

Jackie Wilson
Jackie WilsonJackie has been a Parent Governor for 4 years in a primary school and is in her 3rd year as a Parent Governor in an infant school. As a parent and governor, Jackie has seen the changes in Education over the last 15 years and has a good understanding of the challenges a school experiences on a day-to-day basis.
Jackie is the founder of Empower Education. Empower Education offers talks and training aimed at schools, children and parents, which focus on teaching children and young people about mental wellbeing and maintaining good mental health. Jackie is particularly good at developing and delivering programmes and workshops.
As well as being a qualified children’s yoga teacher, Jackie also holds certificates in Basic Counselling Skills, Child and Adolescent Counselling and Mindfulness MBCT.

Mike Veny
Mike VenyMike is known as ‘America’s Leading Mental Health Speaker’ and is recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He delivers talks, workshops and keynote speeches on mental health and wellbeing across America and the UK. His audiences include corporate businesses and young people in schools.
He is often praised for his ability to engage his audience where others have failed. He uses his childhood experiences with mental illness as a way of engaging and understanding his audience.
His Transforming Stigma series of presentations is aimed at helping adults, professionals, and students to find ways to become proactive in the way that they deal with mental health issues.


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