Despite losing my teens and all of my 20’s to depression, anxiety and self-harm etc. I achieved an employment contract at the grand old age of 32.
I’ve not sat back though, and worked hard at my personal development through volunteering and studying which I used as a route back to work. You can check out my journey on LinkedIn. I divide my time as a Director between MHScot and Work4ME.
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 The only thing that stands in our way is ourselves, our outdated thinking and a lack of understanding and awareness surrounding this issue.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.
CPD is very important to me and I’m just completing my ILM Certificate in Leadership and I’m about to start a Certificate in Resilience Coaching.
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,
print design etc. Amanda has been supporting MHScot and has been an invaluable asset.
Sonia and I met through Work4ME and with both of us managing long-term 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.
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. So we are now in the position that MHScot together with up to 10 other small/micro enterprises are looking to create a Consortium Co-operative with the support of Scottish Enterprise. Check out these great Case Studies. The focus will be on holistic support, care and wellbeing in the workplace.