Starting a conversation; saving a life

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This post originally appeared on our sister site Mountain Services but it’s very relevant here and gives a little insight into our Lead Instructor Kelvyn James ‘other’ life. Last year there were 6859 preventable deaths in the UK & Republic of Ireland. 6859. Let that sink in for a moment. 6859. I’m talking about suicide […]

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What is Walk and Talk therapy?

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“Walk & Talk?” what’s that all about then…. One of the questions I get asked most often by friends, existing and prospective clients. I do A LOT of walking – and sometimes I’ll do a lot of talking if I’m leading an engagement or training session. But increasingly over the last few years I’ve started […]


Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia

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This article references a study published in Lancet Psychiatry, April 2018 The long term consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are very much in the news at the moment with both footballers and boxers coming forward to say that they believe their poor mental health and (sometimes) impaired cognitive function has been affected by repeated […]


I had a black dog

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A phrase made famous by Winston Churchill – we’ve still to find a better analogy for the dark days, the stalking nature of Depression. This World Health Organisation video strikes a chord with many people who attend our courses – so we thought we’d put a link here.


2017/2018 Statistics Released by HSE

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It’s often said a picture tells a thousand words – but the latest Mental Health statistics have been released by the UK Health & Safety Executive & these numbers paint quite a story too…. So it’s worth starting by noting (we cover this a lot on our L2 & 3 courses) that the HSE record […]


Dealing with Disclosure

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This article is adapted from a piece that originally appeared on our Mountain Services website. However the advice and procedures detailed below are relevant for anyone who might interact with at risk individuals – we feel that most definitely includes Mental Health First Aiders! We closed the last safeguarding article with these words: these are […]