At Mindmaps Wellbeing, our vision is for all organizations to have access to training which addresses the needs of their staff and customers, to provide mental health awareness and continued support & guidance services beyond. To achieve this we offer a range of mental health related training and consultancy services to ensure employers are mental health aware in every aspect of their business.
We seek to challenge stigma and discrimination in the workplace related to mental health issues. Encouraging employers to create an open, and supportive culture. Evidence shows that staff feel more confident discussing their mental health among their peers and with their employer once they have received some training & understanding of the changing culture. The main aim is to ensure that your workforce feel supported.
Supported, happy staff are the most productive staff.
If your organisation doesn't have one in place we are able to offer a variety of guidance support services including access to a Registered Mental Health Nurse for 1:1 support.
We have some fantastic new services recently made available, to address workplace mental wellbeing. The in-house drop in clinic has been a real winner with our customers, our registered mental health nurses visit your workplace for half a day to offer a variety of services including; 1 to 1 confidential support, bite size training, support and guidance for the mental health first aiders. The session has been used to include a guest speaker or a yoga session. The flexibility of the session is what our customers are enjoying most. It's recommended to run the drop in clinic on a regular basis, either quarterly, bi-monthly or monthly sessions.
We have also introduced a return to work assessment programme to assist employers in addressing the mental wellbeing of their workforce.
In 2019 we introduced our own employee assistance programme offering clinical support when it is needed. With our mental health nurses we are able to provide access to a specialized team to complete an initial assessment and treatment programme should it be required.
Managing Director Tim Lloyd - RMN, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Postgraduate in Healthcare Education, Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Tim is a registered Mental Health Nurse and our Lead trainer. He has worked in mental health for 18 years, most recently as a Practice Educator, which involved overseeing key areas of workforce development within the NHS, to include providing training for pre-registration nursing students, apprenticeships and support staff development programs. Tim regularly provided mental health focused training, workshops and seminars to staff at all levels across the NHS, including basic awareness and more specific areas of skills and knowledge relating to clinical practise. He is a skilled coach and mentor and is enthusiastic about the development of understanding mental health in others.
Tim is also currently an Associate Lecturer and Practice Tutor with the Open University, supporting pre-registration mental health nurses throughout their degree programme as well as mentoring other Associate Lecturers.
Tim is highly experienced in delivering training in a variety of formats and settings. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in several key areas of mental health training, including common mental health problems, anxiety and depression, dementia, suicide awareness, psychosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, recovery and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
Tim is qualified as an MHFA instructor and is experienced in delivering Mental Health First Aid courses to a variety of stakeholders, whilst drawing on his 18 years of clinical experience in mental health to expand and enhance the learning outcomes.
Tim graduated from University of Plymouth with a BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing degree in 2010, where he was awarded first class honours. Prior to this, he completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology through The Open University. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Healthcare Education with University of Suffolk, which entitles him to recognition as a Practice Teacher with the NMC and as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (fHEA).
In clinical practice, Tim has significant experience of providing psycho-social interventions both 1-1 and in groups, in a variety of settings and mental health issues. He has training and experience in providing clinical interventions in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with psychosis, depression and anxiety, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for emotional resilience, Mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Anger Management and Family Interventions. Tim holds an excellent knowledge of current mental health services and systems, with knowledge of support networks and opportunities available and of relevant legislation pertinent to mental health care, disability and equality. Tim is trained to Level 3 in Safeguarding Adults and Children and has significant experience of being involved in safeguarding related matters.
In Tim's career to date he has striven to enhance the developmental opportunities of all around him. He is keen on service development which improves the quality of care provided and this has led to several improvement initiatives within his roles for both clinical health care practice positions and in practice development and education. Tim has supported local Universities to assess students for admission interviews and end point assessments. Tim has also led on and delivered training trust-wide for NMC re-validation, Assistant Practitioner training and mental health awareness training for physical health professionals.
Tim harbours a keen interest in the development of unregistered staff and he has also spearheaded a “Support Worker Steering Group” across South and West Devon adult community teams during previous roles. Tim also facilitated support for staff completing The Care Certificate and QCF Level 3 in Health and Social Care.
Whilst a support worker himself, in 2005 Tim attended an International study tour of services in Trieste, Italy, as part of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) initiative. In 2010, Tim was the individual winner of the DPT Celebrating Achievement Award for “Developing Potential” in light of his hard work and enthusiasm for supporting others to develop, both staff and service users, and to recognise their potential.
Our belief at Mindmaps Wellbeing is there's not a better suited person to deliver your mental heath related training courses. Not only this, but Tim can also offer a bespoke look at your organisation to ensure compliance is being met and advise on best practices regarding mental health support in the workplace, as well as consultations to support staff who have sought help. LinkedIn Profile
Operations Director Michael Harrison-Hastings - Mental Health First Aider, 'A' level Sociology, AGNVQ Health & Social Care, Level 3 Psychology & Law
Michael is an experienced sales, operations and business development professional with a demonstrated and award winning history working in the hospitality, health wellness and fitness industries. Michael is skilled in operations management, customer relationship management, sales management, and project management.
Michael has become a published author during 2020 and contributed his chapter 'Broken Marriages' in The Bounce Back Journey of Men’s Health is a collection of stories shared by men who have overcome adversity in their lives.
In a world where men were told to 'Man Up!' we felt it was time to share authentic, uplifting stories from men who have been through trauma and come out stronger, emotionally and mentally.
Step in to the shoes of these true warriors of the 21st Century, each shining a light on taboos and showing their human vulnerabilities in a positive and uplifting way. Collectively these men share their insights and experiences of cancer, stroke, marriage breakdown, suicidal thoughts and abuse. They each venture in to areas of life where few men would feel safe to speak and then show a pathway through.
Michael is pleased to be able to use his professional and personal experiences to assist with bringing change to our communities and workplaces by campaigning for bringing mental health awareness to all... having experienced mental health problems himself and within his own family, he has an understanding of how disruptive mental ill health can be on the life of not just an individual; but also of those around the person experiencing the mental health issue. His previous study also demonstrates there has always been an interest towards sociology, psychology and care, however the stars never quite aligned and, for one reason or another, he never managed to pursue this area of interest.
That all changed, having completed the Adult MHFA Two Day course, when he decided to follow this calling in partnership with Tim. Their shared vision is to ensure every organisation has a mental health awareness programme in place and at least one Mental Health First Aider in the same way we do for Physical First Aid. More importantly to create an awareness within the workplace that it is ok to talk about mental ill health. Michael brings his valued skills aimed around customer care and attention to detail, to ensure any experience with Mindmaps Wellbeing is an enjoyable one and Tim is delighted to have him on board.
Michael, along with the directors who he worked closely with in his previous role, won many industry awards for their work, including having the fastest growing outlet across Europe in 2016. The Devon branch led by Michael finished 2nd in the UK and 5th across Europe as an outlet during 2018. They also went on to win the European Retailer of The Year Award 2018. Michael and the team won numerous other industry specific awards during his time in post.
Michael will be looking after all your logistical needs and administrative details to ensure your experience of training with Mindmaps Wellbeing is a pleasant and seamless one. If you have any special requirements to attend one of our courses please contact Michael on the details at the bottom of the page and he will assist with your requirements. LinkedIn Profile
Associate Instructor Yvette Alves-Veira RMN. BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences, NMC Registered Non-Medical Prescriber
Yvette is a registered Mental Health Nurse and trainer. She has worked extensively within mental health services in a wide range of clinical and managerial roles, and most recently as the Senior Nurse for Experience, Safety and Risk including a period as a Clinical Specialist for Safeguarding vulnerable people. In her roles she has delivered workplace training and provided supervision for staff learners of all levels, and delivered training to post graduate M.Sc. students at Exeter and Plymouth universities. Yvette has presented practice and learning materials to wide audiences in multi-agency organisation forums and workshops, which have been well-received.
Yvette graduated from her initial mental health nurse training in 1987, joining the Nurses Board register in Perth Western Australia. She immigrated to the UK in 1992, and has worked since that time within the NHS. Yvette undertook her BSc (Hons) in Health Studies, completing this in 2007.
Yvette remains a practising clinician, and has provides assessment, planning care and monitoring for people with varied mental health presentations, including anxiety and depression, PTSD, suicide awareness and risk, and psychosis. She is skilled in working with people to attain and sustain recovery using an integrative approaches accessing a ranges of therapy models – mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Family Interventions and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Yvette is a Nurse Prescriber, providing people with an assessment in order to prescribe, monitor and review medication in order to best support that individual. When delivering training, these clinical experiences are used to enrich the learning experience offered to participants to provide effective learning outcomes.
Yvette has up to date knowledge of current mental health services and access pathways, alongside available voluntary services and community resources. Yvette is trained to Level 4 in Safeguarding Adults and Level 3 in Safeguarding Children and has current senior clinical leadership experience of being involved in safeguarding and risk management related matters including relevant mental health care, disability and equality legislation.
Yvette is a qualified coach. She has completed The Health Foundation FLOW Coaching Academy training in coaching organisation individuals, teams and pathways to provide a fresh approach to planning and manifesting improvements. Flow Coaching methodology can help to harness the energy and ideas of staff at all levels to create positive change. She has represented her employing NHS Trust at national and international conferences and forums, including the 60th anniversary of the NHS and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement conference in 2015 in Sweden.
Yvette is a keen advocate of improvement in care pathways and including early identification and access to help at the earliest opportunity. She has lead several service developments to provide improved health outcomes for people, through both leading on clinical provision in specialist areas and in developing and providing training to improve front-line workers and managers clinical skills, knowledge and confidence levels in the work they do.
While maintaining her own continuing professional development and Yvette has won three DPT Celebrating Achievement Awards including the ‘The Involvement Award’ for work in involving service users experience, knowledge and skills in developing a tool to support improving the physical health of people with serious mental illness.
Mindmaps Wellbeing are pleased to have Yvette join our team of Associate Instructors bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to bring our courses to life.
Associate Instructor Rachel Bragg - HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience working in a range of mental health services during her 34-year career. Rachel is a MHFA England Instructor Member.
Rachel originally worked in London and then moved back to the Exeter area. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, forensic and community mental health services. She is presently working within higher education within a University’s Wellbeing Service mental health team. As a senior mental health practitioner she supports students who experience mental health difficulties that significantly impact on their ability to study and cope at university.
In her clinical practice Rachel specialises in working with people diagnosed with complex and enduring mental health difficulties. Rachel uses both individual and group interventions drawing from a range of therapeutic approaches including psycho-social education, Brief Solution Focused therapy, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, emotional regulation and resilience, and mindfulness.
The emphasis of her work is to provide people with the strengths and skills they need to facilitate personal change and to enable them to manage their mental health and life in a meaningful and satisfying way. This can include empowering students to talk about their long-standing mental health difficulties with health professionals for the first time, in order to get a diagnosis and referral to appropriate treatments and services. Rachel is also regularly involved in joint working and liaison with the NHS mental health services to provide collaborative support for the students, in particularly with risk assessment, safety planning and relapse prevention.
Rachel has worked as a senior clinician and service manager in mental health and occupational therapy services including operational, strategic and development work. She was one of the key players in the Devon NHS mental health service recovery movement and transformation, including training staff in the recovery model. At the University she has also played a significant role in raising awareness of mental health issues experienced by students through the implementation of the Equality Act, 2010 and through regular staff training. This has included running both the one and two day mental health first aid courses for university staff over the last 4 years.
Alongside her work in the NHS she trained and worked as a National Childbirth Trust teacher running antenatal courses for 5 years. She also trained as a Life and Business Coach and integrated this into her work as an Occupational Therapist and as a mental health practitioner.
During the Covid-19 pandemic Rachel has trained to be a volunteer for the Crisis text helpline, give us a Shout, to support the increasing amount of people accessing this service when in crisis.
Associate Instructor Joanna Blakely - Jo Blakely is a HCPC Registered occupational therapist who has been working in mental health services since 1996.
Jo worked as an Occupational Therapist and a Senior Mental health practitioner within NHS inpatient services, community mental health teams, older adults’ services and forensic services. Jo also worked in Public Health primarily developing and delivering the smoking cessation program and also Breast feeding initiatives.
Jo has been working within a University Wellbeing services as a Mental Health Advisor for the last 14 years. This work involves supporting students with more diagnosed MH difficulties to manage their mental health alongside their studies. Jo therefore has good understanding and knowledge of the main mental health conditions and how they impact on a person's quality of life and functioning. As a mental health clinician Jo uses interventions and strategies based on the following therapeutic approaches: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy and Recovery principles. Jo provides on to one support and also group/courses to support students, and is experienced at running courses on Developing the Compassionate Mind which is based on Compassion Focused Therapy. During her work Jo has been a Senior clinician and team manager, providing clinical and managerial supervision, for which she has the appropriate Qualification.
Jo also works for the Local NHS Trust as a Bank Occupational therapist/Mental Health Practitioner. Bank work covers a variety of clinical settings, and Jo mainly works in Access and Crisis interventions. This requires Jo to have excellent knowledge of all The NHS pathways of support for people living in Devon. Jo has completed all the training required for NHS mental health staff including Level 3 safeguarding competencies and the Mental Capacity Act. Jo also has an up-to-date knowledge of the Equality Act (2010) and its implications in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments to remove these barriers.
Due to her time in public health Jo is also aware and interested in in the health prevention and promotion agenda. At the University, Jo works collaboratively with the Employability teams in running workshops and courses to support students to manage their mental health whilst finding a job/career. There is a recognition that applying, finding and starting a job is a significant stressor. Jo also has experience of providing webinars for people who experience disabilities to discuss the issues around disclosure of a disability in the workplace.
During the pandemic Jo signed up and as a volunteer for Shout. Shout is a text support service for people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and crises.
Jo has extensive experience in the provision of training and has been delivering MHFA 2 days and one day courses for the last 4 years.
We occasionally draw upon a small group of support trainers to assist in the delivery of our courses as needed. We ensure that all trainers are highly skilled mental health professionals with extensive experience of clinical practice and teaching in health care settings.
If you are an experienced mental health professional and wish to support our work at Mindmaps Wellbeing, please get in touch to discuss opportunities we have for skilled practitioners and trainers in mental health.