Why did you want to become a MHFA instructor?
I decided I would like to become an MHFA Instructor after I had attended a MHFA course at Restore. I left the course feeling very inspired and hopeful that I could contribute towards empowering ordinary people to develop the skills to become MHFAiders.
I thought the emphasis on reducing the stigma of mental ill-health was very powerful and I felt I could contribute towards that. In previous roles I had undertaken coaching, training, and group work. I had really enjoyed these elements of my jobs and wanted to do more of this.
What impact do you feel you make as an instructor?
I feel that what I bring to MHFA training is my knowledge and experience from previous employment. I was a Social Worker in multidisciplinary Mental Health teams. I developed a good understanding of managing individuals/working in a large organisation working as a team manager is Social Services and more recently I worked in a mental health recovery service. Add to that with my own experiences of mental ill-health I think I am able to offer a practical and broad perspective on the issues discussed on the MHFA course.
How you feel the Pebble Project will help promote mental health in the community especially for minorities?
The Pebble Project will be valuable in focussing specific marketing materials to BAME communities as currently we are not reaching as diverse customers as we would hope too. This is work that instructors do not currently have capacity or the specialised skills required to undertake successfully.
This project will also be a good fit with the work MHFA England is currently undertaking to improve diversity issues in course content/materials and in promoting race equality in everything that it does.