WHAT WE DO
Talk MH Training Ltd is founded on the principles of peer support as an aid to better manage our own mental health and support those in recovery from mental health issues. We are grounded by our lived experience of mental health conditions supported by our knowledge of the current academic principles related to non-clinical, peer-based mental health support.
We strive to demystify mental health.
In simple terms, we start with the principle that it is:
okay to not be okay
normal to not be able to cope sometimes
Being able to talk about our worries or concerns is fundamental to our well-being. It can be challenging to open up to our nearest and dearest, never mind our work colleagues and employers.
Openness and authentic acceptance are fundamental to workplace mental health.
In the workplace, genuine mental health support starts with a culture that allows people to raise their hand and say,
'i am not okay today' without fear of stigma, discrimination, or affecting their career.
Following a brief career in the military, Keith returned to studies completing a BA in Politics, Philosophy & History before moving on to work for 20 years in Telecommunications. During his career, Keith worked in various roles, including infrastructure design, operations and procurement. His personal struggles with anxiety and panic disorder resulted in bringing this career to an abrupt end.
This experience of mental health in the workplace has led Keith to co-found Talk MH Training. His drive is to help employers and employees understand, recognise and effectively manage mental health in the workplace.
Keith has an MSc in Psychology and a PGCert in Social Inquiry. His academic research focuses on the social aspects of psychology and the specific challenges of mental health in men.
Having completed 23 years in the Royal Air Force as a ground engineer in Transport & Logistics.
Throughout his military career Peter ran major expeditions around the whole of the world and was involved in the famous Mary Rose project as well as the BBC TV Operation Iron Horse and worked closely with the training Team at RMA Sandhurst taking junior officers always on personal development courses in the Middle East.
A lot of his time as Expedition leader was developing the mind set of individuals who struggled with mental challenges of arduous adventure training , and complex pressures of personal performance under pressure.
Part of Peters development was His Foundation Course MBA in Business Management at Bristol Uni and studied and qualified as a Instructor with the Institute of Leader Management running ILM level 1-5 courses in development and training combined with organising and running BTEC courses training youth development schemes with the HM Forces Cadet Schemes.
This was critical in the development of wellness and awareness and mental health for curriculum planning that was then rolled out offering support to his team and the students.
Associate - Trainer
Catherine has a BA Honours in Furniture Design and Craftsmanship. Once she became a mother, she retrained as a teacher in Design Technology so that she could spend as much time as possible with her children. Catherine was a Design and Technology teacher for ten years. After experiencing mental health issues, she took time out from teaching. Catherine decided she wanted to give something back, which led her to work as a support assistant for Learn2B and then became a tutor delivering craft sessions to adults with various mental health conditions. Catherine is a Mental Health First Aider and has undertaken multiple well-being and self-help courses such as CBT, Thinking Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Art Therapy. She has an empathetic nature which added to her own life experiences, informs her approach to mental health.