“I am constantly encouraged by the compassion and kindness that I see shown between the people who attend my courses”.
I have worked for FDAMH for over 9 years now and have been delivering training for around 7 of those years. I deliver training on a wide range of topics, from Anxiety Management to Suicide Awareness and Prevention. I’ve provided training to a really diverse range of children and adults and to groups from Charitable organisations, schools and colleges, Employment Support Units, and businesses large and small.
Without a doubt it’s the moment when people make connections between how they feel and how they behave and say “ I didn’t realise that’s why I feel like that. That’s really opened my eyes”. I love knowing that people have left with a better understanding of themselves and how they can make adjustments that will have a huge impact on their wellbeing for the better.
I am also constantly encouraged by the compassion and kindness that I see shown between the people who attend my courses. I really do get to see the best in people and humanity on a daily basis.
I’m a gardener and plant grower. I have a very old, rambling and wildlife friendly garden that I love. I focus on growing scented flowers and plants, but I always make space for strawberries and pea pods.
Pause. When you feel overwhelmed, pause, breathe deeply and slowly for as long as it takes for those feelings to pass, and they will pass.
Also, seek support as early as possible for any worries and anxieties you may have. Help is out there that will make your daily life so much easier.
“I love being part of a team that helps to support the community in so many ways!”
I started with FDAMH as a Receptionist in 2015 and then moved to the Training Academy in 2017 as the Administration Coordinator and Seasons for Growth Trainer. I now also support the FDAMH Admin team.
I love being part of a team that helps to support the community in so many ways! It’s always nice knowing that by delivering training to organisations we are not only supporting those who need help but also providing information for people to potentially help others.
I don’t have any hobbies as such, but I do enjoy going out (or rather, having nights in) with friends, watching my favourite box sets and spending time with the kids. I do enjoy a little road trip too!
Just make sure to have time for yourself. Take some time out to go for a walk, have a bath or even just a nice relaxing night watching some movies!
“It’s so rewarding to watch students grow in self-awareness, confidence and knowledge”.
For the last 10 years one of my roles at FDAMH has been and is one of the course tutors for the COSCA Counselling Skills certificated course. I love my role, I meet so many different people from various backgrounds, all keen to learn more about counselling skills to help support others in various ways.
I run 2 different groups per year which keeps me on my toes! It’s so rewarding to watch students grow in self-awareness, confidence and knowledge and gain an important certificate at the end. This certificate can be the gateway to becoming a counsellor and can support you to be a better communicator both personally and professionally.
My hobbies are walking my dogs, Rosie (4 year old cockapoo) and Bella (1 and a half year old boxer). Entertaining my 11 grandchildren also take up a lot of my time! We have adventures, watch movies and play games. The children also indulge me in some of my favourite things such as craft and foraging.
I also love puzzles, listening to audio books and podcasts. Cooking is another favourite of mine which is just as well as I have many little mouths to feed!
Being outside, walking and having fun, caring for others, being curious, active and also having some cuddly telly time too are all activities for good mental health which I would thoroughly recommend.
“I love those ‘lightbulb’ moments when things start to fall into place and people can make sense of why they are feeling or behaving as they are”.
I joined the FDAMH training team in February 2023 to deliver COSCA’s ‘Counselling Skills’ courses in-house. I am a fully trained CBT Therapist and a COSCA accredited trainer for the Counselling Skills course. I am also working with FDAMH to develop other short courses so keep an eye on the FDAMH website to see what might be coming up in the future.
Supporting people to make sense of their life and of their feelings feels like such a wonderful thing to be able to help people with. I love those ‘lightbulb’ moments when things start to fall into place and people can make sense of why they are feeling or behaving as they are. Training students on the Counselling Skills course generally results in many lightbulb moments for the students and I still find that thrilling.
I’ve never really been a hobby sort of a person I’m afraid. My background is in the arts and I love going to museums and galleries, visiting the theatre, opera or cinema, looking at wonderful architecture or getting stuck into a really good book. These things make me recognise the wonderfulness of human creativity.
One of the greatest things about the times we live in is that speaking about our own mental health has become so much less of a taboo than it once was. Being able to talk about how we feel is SUCH an important first step and once we have taken that step it becomes easier and easier. Finding someone to talk to, someone who will listen to you without judgement and support you is the best first step you will ever take!
“Self-care and mental wellness are very important to me, and I am passionate about building awareness and reducing stigma in society”.
I started my career in the emergency services before moving into training. Initially, I worked in medicine, and now I focus on mental health and wellbeing. I am a mental health first aid instructor in Scotland, a SHOUT crisis-trained volunteer, and a trainee cognitive behavior therapist with FDAMH.
I love learning and helping people develop skills and knowledge in an inclusive and fun way, so this really is the perfect role for me. Self-care and mental wellness are very important to me, and I am passionate about building awareness and reducing stigma in society. The most satisfying aspect of being a trainer is knowing that people on our courses have gained knowledge, self-assurance, and the confidence and skills to help others when needed.
Since moving to Scotland in 2020, I have fallen in love with the Highlands and love getting out and about with family and friends to explore the natural beauty on our doorstep. I live near the river Almond and always try to get out for some fresh air and connect with nature. I love art, painting, and restoring old furniture, which is scattered around my home.
One of the best tips someone gave me was to do a whole mental health MOT check-in. They are really simple steps to take notice of your whole self.
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