With shared expertise and a balance of unique and varied skills, knowledge and experience our people really help MHScot to achieve its goals and ambitions.
Since 1987 I have been actively supporting and raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing. Using my own experiences of poor mental health since my teens, the workplace has always been an area of great interest and a place where action can and should be taken that creates a positive impact far beyond our surroundings at work.
I started MHScot as I am a firm believer that prevention and early intervention are the most important factors in making positive changes in mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. In order to feel valued and be valued at work you want to be at your peak.
We must appreciate though that everyone’s peak is different and that we have everything at our disposal to be able to truly create and develop a person-centered workplace environment. There are no excuses anymore. The only thing that stands in our way is ourselves, our outdated thinking and a lack of understanding and awareness surrounding this issue.
Having experienced poor mental wellbeing and more recently a chronic pain condition (Fibromyalgia) it has given me some additional insight into the factors that require us to think differently about how we work and in what environment we work in.
Although my career has been spent volunteering and working in the charity sector. In 1998 I set up the first UK mental health support website and although I no longer have the time to manage it, I’ve left it online as a reminder of my own recovery.
I decided to set up MHScot as a Social Enterprise so that my limited capacity and resources are focused on income generation through trading rather than the very precarious and time consuming nature of finding funding and grants where there are no guarantees and 1-3 yr timescales mean constant uncertainty. It also means that MHScot can take ownership over its social aims and missions and be very flexible with these.
Non-Exec Director & Chair
I am a Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance at The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University.
I am a Module Leader for ‘Financial Management and Decision Making’, which is an e-learning module for MBA program; I am also a Module Leader for an overseas (delivered in Hong Kong) undergraduate program in Accounting.
Along side these, I am also teaching Contemporary Corporate Finance, Financial Management (Post Grad) and Investment Management to students at the Campus in UK. I also supervise students within the field of Accounting and Finance.
I am Policy Lead for Self Management and Health Literacy at the Scottish Government.
In this role have wide-ranging responsibility for supporting policy and strategy developments related to person-centred care.
I have responsibility for Scotland’s action plan for Health Literacy, Making it Easy, and the Self-Management Strategy Gaun Yersel! which was written by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland from the perspective of people living with long-term conditions.
A career civil servant, I have worked for more than fifteen years on programmes relating to cross-sector working, information governance, technology strategy, and transformational change.
I have come on board to give operational support, offer policy and strategy skills, and feel passionate about what we are trying to achieve. I also have a real passion for food! Without a doubt, good food and mental health and wellbeing go hand in hand so head over the Lunchquest (Reviews of Breakfast, Lunch & Dining opportunities) and Scran Salon (Edinburgh’s Monthly Food Shindig) to feed those brain cells.
As a Senior Operational Leader with a number of years experience in both the Private and Third Sectors I have seen first hand the impact that stress and mental health issues have in the work place.
I am 100% passionate about this subject and committed to making a difference. I was absolutely thrilled when Catherine invited me to join the Board of MHScot.
No longer is it just about an absent workforce and the impact that this has in terms of the additional stress on those at work, loss of productivity and loss of revenue. There has been so much written about presenteeism recently and indeed this is having an even bigger impact.
It is now time to come together to remove the stigma and break down the barriers that are attached to mental health. Prevention and early intervention are the keys to a mentally healthy workplace.
Amanda Opie offers a huge range of different admin services including marketing, social media.
Amanda has been supporting MHScot with our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. creating great visuals and coming up with new ideas to reach our audience.
Sonia and I met through Work4ME and with both of us managing long-term, fluctuating health conditions is able to support the delivery of our courses and workshops.
Sonia’s other skills are in Marketing, PR, Operations and Sales Management. She has an excellent writing style so is also supporting us by writing blogs.
Lyn, when she’s got spare time, helps out on our Scottish Mental Health First Aid courses.
She’s very welcoming and a very skilled co-facilitator; a great addition to MHScot.
Lisa is a trained Hypnotherapist, but is looking to expand those skills with a focus on mental health and workplace issues.
Lisa is helping out by responding to email enquiries and helping with the logistics of planning the mental health first aid open courses.
Jane is supporting the delivery of Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid and other courses.
Jane lives in the Scottish Highlands, has been a health improvement specialist for many years, and is passionate about promoting a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. A skilled communicator and trainer, she is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She also trains trainers in taking a ‘brain-friendly’ approach to training: delivering a course called Creating Imaginative Learning.
Ian is supporting the delivery of Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid and other courses. Bio to follow.
Emily is supporting the delivery of Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, including the young people’s version of this course. Bio to follow.