I am a mental health professional with over 25 years experience in the profession.
I divide my time as a Director between MHScot and Work4ME. I have always volunteered and my volunteering time is split between See Me (Community Champion, Media/Speaker), Befrienders Highland (Distance Befriender), Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (Treasurer) and web-editor of my local community council website.
I created, hand coded and developed the first ever UK mental health support website in 1998 called Mental Health in the UK. This became the most visited site for people experiencing mental health difficulties in the late 90’s and early/mid 2000. Everyone else then caught up 🙂
Every day for me is about making a difference. I make it my personal goal to find ways to help and support people like you manage the issues that can negatively affect our mental wellbeing in the workplace and create positive steps to over come them.
I have explored, researched and been professionally involved in all aspects of mental health issues. Often, this has involved interacting with people at their lowest ebb. I started my workplace wellbeing business 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 The only thing that stands in our way is ourselves, our outdated thinking and a lack of understanding and awareness surrounding this issue.
I have experienced poor mental wellbeing and more recently developed a chronic physical condition that 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.
MHScot supports the very successful and popular 30-hour working week which is more often than not found in Scandinavian countries.
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.
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Amanda Opie offers a huge range of different admin services including marketing, social media,
print design etc. Amanda has been supporting MHScot and has been an invaluable asset.
Sonia has been occasionally stepping in as a helper and is a great supporter of our work..
She and I are both members of the Work4ME Cooperative.
Sonia’s skills are in Marketing, PR, Operations and Sales Management.
Lyn, when she’s got spare time, helps out on our Scottish Mental Health First Aid courses.
She’s very welcoming and a great co-facilitator; a great addition to MHScot.
A key part of MHScot is the importance of working with others in order to achieve our aims and ambitions. I’m a great believer in shared skills, expertise, experience and knowledge and as a Social Enterprise with a Social Purpose we can achieve more working with others than alone.
As part of our Social Enterprise/Health & Wellbeing journey, we’ve met so many great people offering services and skills that enhance what we are trying to achieve and create added value. We are happy to mention and support our new friends here, but also when we create a proposal of work, add them as an additional option for you to consider.
Lorraine Close is part of Edinburgh Community Yoga’s Outreach team. A relatively new organisation with most of the team fitting in yoga sessions in-between work commitments etc.
As well as running classes with vulnerable individuals, Laura has also been running some short workplace classes, currently with NHS nurses and doctors. Given the immense stress that they experience, this is a welcome intervention.
Lisa Stevenson has a relatively new business focusing on Hypnotherapy, Nutritional Therapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming.
We met each other at a course that See Me Scotland was running. She’s keen to make a break into the workplace either for individuals at work, or for the organisation. She’s offering –
Over 10 can be discussed.
Any further sessions are £60 on an individual basis, or discount group bookings can be discussed.