Margo is passionate about the area of mental health and the importance of intervening early to reduce the effects of mental illness. The more people know and are aware of mental illness the more positive people will be to help reduce the stigma of mental illness. She is the owner of Mental Health Awareness. Her goal is to inform people to know what mental health is and how we can see early warning signs in ourselves and others we associate with. Then to know what to do about it.
Her relevant qualifications include an Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology and Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of NSW, certificate 1V in Training and Workplace Assessment, 2 year College of Holistic Counselling Certificate course, Accredited trainer in Leadership Effectiveness Training, trained in Non Violent Communication, the 5 day Mental Health First Aid Certificate Instructors Course and an accredited trainer in Mental Health First Aid.
She is an ex teacher so is very excited to get this message into schools with teachers, students and parents. Early intervention is crucial.
Margo has been training for 20 years and she is well aware the importance of engaging participants to make the course relevant and interesting to them. Margo ensures the group feels safe as some of the topics raised can trigger emotions for some participants.
She ran a personal development training business for 20 years which she just sold recently. She delivered courses in communication, de-escalation strategies, dealing with stress.
On a personal level she has been dealing with family and friends with mental health issues, such as alcoholism, anxiety, psychosis and bipolar.
She feels her strength is empowering people on their road to recovery.
Is the owner and Managing Director of Mental Health Awareness. He has worked in the resource industry for 20 years. He has worked in the training and consulting environment for the last 15 years. His role is in finance – invoicing and tax.
Bachelor of Economics, Diploma of Education, Certificate in Marketing, Mental Health First Aider
Brian is an experienced senior executive and corporate leader who has transitioned from the business world of Telstra, Optus and IBM to Mental Health training and coaching. This transition has also involved working with Secondary School children in both teaching and mentoring roles. He fully understands the impact of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar on a person’s ability to undertake something as simple as paid work. He is authentic in his belief that the community needs comprehensive mental illness education in order to change attitudes and bring an end to the associated stigma.
His training presentations and coursework are designed to help managers and staff develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to support individuals and teams, design work spaces that promote wellbeing and prevent factors that impact mental health. He specialises in how to identify the early signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, the importance of early intervention, how to seek help, and how to speak to co-workers if you are concerned about their mental health.
The resulting benefits from Brian’s training include reduced worker’s compensation claims, enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism, and higher staff retention rates. Brian is committed to your organisation having individuals with excellent mental health so everyone is at their peak and doing their best work.
Typical sessions are in an interactive workshop format and include facilitator presentation, plenary discussion, group work, video and case studies.
Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Industrial Relations, Post Graduate Studies in Industrial Law, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110, Cinergy Trained Conflict Coach, Certified to deliver Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), Debriefing Skills in the Workplace, Advanced Communications Intensive (Newcastle Law School), Neuroscience Academy Certificate in applied neuroscience and brain health, Member of International Coach Federation (ICF), Mental Health First Aider
Carolyn is a skilled human resource professional who has specialised in training and coaching over the last 10 years. She has successfully delivering a diverse range of training programs in private industry and across multiple agencies of NSW Government, Local Government and Federal Government in metropolitan and regional Australia; conducting more than 500 courses covering in excess of 9,000 participants from senior executives down. A natural ‘people’ person, she is a strong communicator with excellent ability to manage a room and keep participants engaged and based on very positive feedback, often invited back to deliver extra workshops.
With an interest in employee wellbeing and positive psychology, Carolyn has developed programs around effective communication, conflict resolution along with building workplace resilience and helping employees to engage constructively in self-care and stress management in order to be more centred and calmer at work and home.
She is passionate about helping people reach their potential by performing to their best ability, while also looking after themselves and learning effective strategies to deal better with the increased stress of everyday living. She backs this up by staying up to date with current thinking and research on mental health and developments in neuroscience.
On a personal level, Carolyn has family experience with mental health disorders and understands the difficulty in knowing how to help and support someone experiencing mental health issues, and the impact that this can have on everyday life for all concerned.
Carolyn has a professional approach and able to competently represent clients across all levels of business.
Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Diploma of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Mental Health First Aider, Currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Anne has extensive experience as a career practitioner, trainer, coach, counsellor and facilitator helping others to find their ‘dream roles’ in government and private enterprise. She has worked in outplacement, people development and transition for over ten years, and understands the challenges faced in finding alternative employment in an increasingly competitive and skills specific labour market. She has conducted training in both private and public organisations to all levels of staff. She also works with individual clients and meets their specific needs.
She has helped countless numbers of people with resume development and to present themselves in their best light at interview. She helps to simplify the process and guides her clients to see and reach their potential.
Anne has had extensive experience in corporate coaching. She is passionate about working with her clients to create and develop capability around their skills and talents. The career coaching she provides is relevant and appropriate. Anne consults with employers and meets their people needs, analyses training gaps and develops and delivers effective training programmes.
Matt is our great marketer. He contacts our clients, emails and phones to inform them about our courses. He has studied Advanced Diploma in Accounting at TAFE SIT and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at Australian Catholic University (ACU). He has completed courses in Cert III in Retail, Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG). He has volunteered with St Vincent de Paul Society and Salvation army in their various shops and Community Centres in Waterloo for many years. He is an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters International which he loves.
Certificate 3 and 4 in Business Administration, Certificate in Hospitality, Certificate in Responsible Services of Alcohol, Certificate in First Aid, Mental Health First Aider
Alanna handles all the administration side of the business and she co-ordinates all the courses. She
Alanna loves drawing art, reading and playing her guitar. On another note she had great fun in creating our mascot ‘Mettle’ the cat.
Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Emma has over 20 years experience working in health promotion and community development programs.
Emma is a highly skilled trainer and facilitator and accredited as a Master Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor.
Emma has a passion for mental health and wellbeing and is an experienced and engaging trainer.
Kim Huckerby is a highly skilled and passionate educator, delivering accredited Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing programs across Australia in her business, The Wellbeing Affect. Kim has spent nearly 20 years working extensively in the community services space with young people, parents, secondary schools, and the corporate sector. Her professional focus has been on adolescent development, engaging in many diverse roles, whilst also pursuing her passion in education and training. Kim has navigated the mental health space for many years and has found that through working in different areas such as psycho-education, outreach, mentoring, strategic planning, leadership and teaching/training, she has equipped herself with the necessary tools, skill base and knowledge to impart her years of learning to a large range of audiences. Kim’s participant described her as:
“Kim was amazing! She was so engaging and made the content so easy to understand, even when dealing with such complex and difficult issues. I really enjoyed the course and feel like I have real and practical skills when dealing with people with mental health first aid needs. Kim was sensitive not just to the course materials, but understood how each individual might react to the information she was giving. This meant a tailored, empathetic approach, putting our feelings first, before delivering a tailored training program. I think this course should be taught everywhere and for all walks of life, as we are all touched by these mental health issues at some point in our lives”.
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