Hi, I am David Scarfe, born in Kent and the Founder of Enduring Mental Health Organisation (EMHO). I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder, in 2003, by a Psychiatrist. At that point I had attempted suicide and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and taken to Hospital, where I was seen by the Mental Health Team. Following this I had a combination of medication, psychiatric & psychological help as well as self- therapy, to get me from that stage of feeling suicidal to not feeling suicidal.
This low point in my life was triggered through both personal and work situations that had accumulated and arose over a number of years, even as far back as my teenage years, when I was sexually assaulted by another man. He was my piano teacher and at my young innocent age, he was someone I had respected and trusted, never believing the evil man would conduct such a disgusting and life changing assault on me.
Today I am still coping & managing with my Bipolar, having had numerous really bad melt downs, low periods of no self-esteem or self-belief sometimes. Today I focus positively on controlling it through a combination of medication, therapy and coping strategies and techniques.
In June 2018 I founded EMHO because of my complete passion and commitment to Mental Health through my own experiences and seeing others suffer to the point of suicide. I wanted to create an Organisation with a difference, to make us stand out from others. What I have and will continue to develop and grow is an Organisation, with four unique factors combined, which I believe our Communities need, based on my own life experiences of not finding this, all encompassed in one place.
I have over 20 years’ experience in Senior Management,, covering Service Delivery, People Empowerment & Engagement, & Business Operations. I have gained this experience by working in the UK, Mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa. I believe this, together with my Life Coaching & Personal Experience, it is a perfect fit for supporting & working with people in Mental Health.
I am a Ambassador for one of the UK's largest Mental Health Research Charities, MQ: Transforming Mental Health Through Research and also a Foundation Trust Member (FT) for the Rest of England NHS Constituency
Director of Health & Wellbeing Services
I am Chnanis. I am specialised in positive mental health, behavioural change and personal development. I have 9 years of experience in this field and I am a registered practitioner of Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
My greatest desire is to support people to flourish, be healthy, be happy and succeed in everyday life. I believe that health and happiness is not only the absence of illness but also the presence of wellness, which all of us have a unique potential to create the optimum wellness for ourselves. In my practice, I do not only aim for the absence of negative emotions or illness, but also support people to reach their holistic wellness, promotes their psychological resilience, and sustain their mental well-being for the long-term.
Being a part of “Enduring Mental Health Organisation”, I am sharing a devotion to make positive changes in people’s mental health.
Director of Corporate Wellbeing Development
Hello all! My name is Jake and I am the Director of Corporate Wellbeing Development for EMHO and have a wealth of experience in the Mental Health sector and Business Development.
I have every intention in continuing my academic route studying MSc Forensic Psychology, with the view to progress on to a Doctorate. I have extensive knowledge of both the Mental Health Act (1983) and the Mental Capacity Act (2005).
My previous mental health experience has involved the overseeing of Service Users rights and absolute collaboration between both Secure Units (SU's) and Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT). My duties and responsibilities have include (but are not limited to); representing SU's in Tribunals & appeals, Ward Rounds, MDT meetings and group Psychology sessions with particularly close involvement with Psychiatrists, Forensic/Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Nurses. I manage several wards with dozens of SU's at any given time across the Yorkshire & Greater Manchester areas.
This consists of work with male and female SU's; both adult and young persons in Acute, PICU and Forensic (Low and Medium Secure) settings. My research experience sees Anxiety and Depression in men at its core, which has been prominent in my professional and personal experiences.
Between my friends, family and my own battles with mental health, I have found that my first-hand experiences have only amplified my passion to continue my work in the sector and really make a difference; even if it’s just one person at a time. I’ve found my mental health significantly improve since adopting 3 beautiful puppies and I would suggest the same to almost anyone! No matter what kind of day I have, when I come home and they act like they haven’t seen me in years; it’s as if nothing else in the world matters and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them.
I fully endorse and support Enduring Mental Health and I am very honoured and excited to be part of their team, being able to provide professional mental health support services, to both our Corporate & Public Communities
Consulting Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
'Hi, my name is Beth and as a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People, I have always strived for a deeper understanding of mental health. Having grown up around people facing their own mental health difficulties,
I have seen the impact they can have on every aspect of one's life, and I believe that supporting someone through these difficulties is the most rewarding and fulfilling venture I can pursue. The Postgraduate Certificate I undertook taught me a range of Cognitive Behavioural based interventions to use for various difficulties young people may face, and how best to apply these to various developmental stages and age ranges, alongside helping to prevent more complex mental health presentations in the future through the development of resilience and coping strategies. In my current role, I have been working within CAMHS as a Wellbeing Practitioner, helping young people to develop the tools they need to manage their mental health difficulties, and have previously worked the same role within an education setting.
As part of this role I have developed my skills as a practitioner, not only through the development of clinical skills but also through learning the best ways to engage people; no person is the same and therefore we must help each individual to find their best way to recover, rather than making all recover in the same way.
In my spare time, I love to spend time with my three wonderful pups, play badminton with my Mum and enjoy creative writing as a peaceful outlet. I love the way in which you can be anyone or anything within a story, and think after a hard days work a little escapism can go a long way!
The experience I have developed has helped me to see how important it is to build resilience and coping strategies with children, young people and adults with mental health difficulties, and the progress some of them made will stay with me forever, inspiring me to continue in this line of work and aid people in progressing towards their goals. I look forward to continuing this with EMHO, allowing many more to access the right help at the right time.'
Consulting Educational Wellbeing Practitioner
I am Nicola Owen and I am a busy mum of two boys and work as a primary school teacher. I have over 17 years teaching experience beginning my career as a teaching assistant and then training to teach. My strengths lie in the pastoral care side of school and my interests in health and wellbeing have been reflected in my development as a teacher and as a person.
I have been on my own personal journey of improving my own wellbeing by positively developing my physical health through diet and exercise. I have also given up drinking alcohol, taken up meditation and developed a good routine of self-care. All of which have improved my mental health and wellbeing. I support others on their own journey of self-improvement and managing their relationship with alcohol, as a volunteer in an online support group. This has increased my understanding of addiction and the need for empathy in today’s society. Kindness and understanding have been my drive to develop my understanding in this field.
Kindness and understanding have also been the key principles in my classroom ethos. I have a firm belief in teaching my students, regardless of age, the skills needed to regulate and maintain their own wellbeing based on the five main principals of Mind, Body, Spirit, People and Place.
My teaching experiences have shown the need for preventative work with young people to help them develop a positive mind-set, build emotional resilience and be more knowledgeable in how they can look after their mind and bodies well, using basic strategies in wellbeing. This will give them the tools needed to deal with real life and the many things that brings, the negative and the positive. Teachers are at the forefront of this drive. They spend the most time with our children. They are paramount in helping shape our young people, our future. I also have a strong desire to support the staff and parents who are part of young people’s lives, ensuring they are supported in maintaining and developing their own wellbeing. I have developed my own business in supporting schools with this.
In a world that functions at such a fast and competitive pace, taking time to look after ourselves and teach our young people how to look after themselves properly, is crucial. Mental health is paramount to our everyday lives and I feel it should permeate every aspect of school life and the agencies that support our young people. Being open about our mental health should be encouraged and seen as a necessity in improving our attitudes within society concerning mental illness. I am passionate in developing the school curriculum, offering support for teachers and parents in ensuring our children grow up with tools to equip them to maintain good wellbeing as they develop into young adults.
I fully support the ethos behind EMHO and I’m committed to help make a difference to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Consulting Counsellor & Life Coach
When I completed my Counselling Diploma in 2010 I was surprised at the lack of information and direct access to support that existed in the general public arena.
There was little to no information regarding managing your psychological well -being and where to go (for the best) support.
Mental Health was still a taboo; don’t feel, don’t show emotion, and absolutely don’t talk!
Thankfully organisations such as Enduring Mental Health Organisation are continuing to challenge the status quo and enabling all of us to be open in taking control and managing our emotional state, as we would say our physical. So I am excited and thrilled to be part of this nationwide movement, providing awareness, education and support to everyone, in one place,
I am a Counsellor and Life Coach. In 2011 I created a local network of private therapists to help enable awareness and choice in terms of what approach and indeed therapist will best support them. We work with individuals, couples, families and in organisations as part of their EAP function.
When David Scarfe and I reconnected (after too many years) it was clear that we shared the same vision, and so Kent Counsellors and Kent Coaching are thrilled to become affiliated with EMHO.
As well as working as a private counsellor I have worked with clients referred via the NHS IAPT Service, for the past 7 years. I have seen the growth in funding (which has been momentous in improving the access to psychological therapies,) however; I have also witnessed first hand the significant gaps in services in primary and secondary care.
My earlier career evolved from Global Internal Communications within the pharma industry, leading to leadership coaching, eventually to my professional journey in the Mental Health sector.
I am Mum to a grown son and I enjoy dog walking, live music and gardening in my spare time.
Consulting Mental Health Nurse
I am Sara, a Registered Mental Health Nurse, registered with the NMC (Nurse & Midwifery Council).
I have over 14 years’ experience and have a Diploma in Nursing Studies (RMN)
Associate for Children & Young People's Mental Health
Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am an experienced Psychotherapist who is passionate about improving mental health outcomes for children and young people. I have spent the past seventeen years working with young people in various mental health settings, including CAMHS and inpatient wards. However, for the past twelve years I have been worked primarily within an educational context, either on an individual basis with students or facilitating therapeutic groups in school.
In 2017 I developed a Mental Health Model for Schools and Colleges which is successfully being rolled out across several schools within Lancashire, Liverpool and South Wales. This has involved me delivering mental health training to hundreds of school staff. In addition, I have created numerous resources to assist in supporting young people’s mental health in schools, aimed at professionals, young people, as well as parents and carers.
On a part-time basis I am employed as a Mental Health Practitioner for Action for Children (AfC). Over the past eighteen months this role has entailed me setting up a mental health service in Wigan which offers cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to children, young people and families who are involved with children’s social care. Additionally, I have delivered bespoke training to AfC staff around the country. Although I primarily work with children and young people, I also have vast experience of working therapeutically with adults and most of my private clients I have worked with have been adults.
I have extensive experience of writing on behalf of various organisations and have had numerous articles published on mental health. I offer individual, group and organisational support using various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and compassionate based approaches.
I am very excited to be part of EMHO's team, seeing the personal passion, drive and vision they have about improving the support of Mental Wellbeing in our communities today.
The most important role I have is being mum to my two amazing children. Each day they teach me to be more mindful and remind me about what is important in life.
Wellbeing In The Workplace Coach, Best Selling Author & Award Winning Blogger
I am Alexandra and have been through the hell of depression and come out the other side. As a result of finding support options confusing, I started writing on the subject. I have since become a Best-Selling Author and Blogger on Mental Health issues. I have worked as a Journalist, specifically as a Life Coach for The Telegraph, and I am regularly featured in the National Press, TV and Radio.
I have also featured in the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times, BBC Radio 2, Red, OK Magazine & BBC World News.
I fully endorse and firmly support “Enduring Mental Health Organisation”, sharing the passion and commitment that’s needed to make a difference to the nation’s emotional well-being and positive mental health levels.
Associate for Suicide Prevention
Hi, I’m Alice, a Northern converted Southerner from London. I’m a wife to Lyndon, mother to Olive (baby) and Eric (puppy) and a specialist in the field of suicide prevention. I am passionate about wellbeing, crediting my supportive family, my work-life balance, diet, and commitment to physical exercise for my positive mental health.
I began my journey of understanding of mental health and suicide in my teenage years, where I had my first experiences of mental ill health, and yet probably did not realise it at the time. Various pressures in life, combined with negative thinking led to low self-esteem, and a lack of confidence in myself. I turned to self-harm, and contemplated suicide at the time my first relationship broke down.
Fortunately, despite my self-harm continuing at University, my experience here was largely positive. I found University to be a place where I finally felt comfortable being myself and I was able to identify and replace my self – harming behaviours with more positive ways of coping.
Reading Psychology enabled me to discover a lot about myself, but also lead to a natural desire to help and support others. I became a Listening Volunteer for the Samaritans and a Cyber Mentor for BeatBullying.
Eventually my path lead me to PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, and brought me to the North! I trained to advise and support those thinking about suicide, or concerned about someone via their National Helpline HOPELineUK, and began delivering training on suicide prevention.
My passion and ambition enabled me to progress to National Training Manager, developing a programme of suicide prevention training and supporting a team of trainers who would work across the UK to deliver it. I myself am passionate about training and continued to deliver it myself, as well as speaking at national and local level conferences.
To deliver training, especially Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is incredibly rewarding. I watch participants go on a journey, from their first walking through the door, unaware of what to expect with many reporting they feel unprepared to help a person with thoughts of suicide, through to the end, where they walk out the door full of confidence and willingness to go back out into the community and help save lives. It is a feeling like no other.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under 45 and women under 35. As many as one in five adults consider suicide each year, and yet we still do not talk about it. It remains for many, a taboo subject, despite so many of us having had thoughts about it. I truly believe suicide prevention is everybody’s business and that each and every one of us can get involved on some level to help those in need.
I am delighted to be a part of Enduring Mental Health where I can continue to educate & spread the message that it is ok to talk about suicide, and equip and empower individuals to help those in need.
Associate MHFA Training Manager
Hello! I am delighted to be working with the EMHO Group as the Associate MHFA Training Manager. I live in the south of England and first became an accredited MHFA England course instructor in 2015. There are three strong threads interwoven in my life experience tapestry.
Firstly, whilst living and working in Africa I founded the Zimbabwe ADHD/ADD Support Group where no such group had previously existed. This subsequently enabled me to support a wide range of mental health and developmental issues affecting families, not ADHD/ADD alone.
Secondly, in my working life as a company director and sales and marketing professional I have corporate experience in addressing mental health issues in employees. I enjoy travelling for work and meeting people.
Thirdly, from family, friends, colleagues and peers I have gained personal experience of all the mental health conditions discussed on the courses I facilitate.
Always learning I have acquired a range of qualifications since becoming a professional trainer:
When not training I may be found sailing in the Southampton Water and on the Solent with my husband Roger on our classic wooden yacht, curled up in a comfy spot with a book or enjoying the challenges of various handcrafts.
Comments from a few of the delegates on my courses:
Associate Legal Analyst
I became a solicitor in 1990 and a mediator in 2006. I remain on the roll of solicitors without any adverse finding by my governing body. I complement Shig's business and people skills with added business foresight and legal analysis in a calm, friendly but persuasive manner. My approach has proven to be highly effective; my practical, solution-based resolutions were often the chosen course of action, for clients in the mediation process contained within a contentious court setting.
Historically I thought hard work and an honest, energetic approach would be sufficient to keep me well and I enjoyed success in some high profile and law changing cases that now form part of a law student's reading. I acted for some blue chip clients and championed the corner of individuals who found themselves exhausted and financially desperate by a long legal battle with large, wealthy, bureaucratic and obstinate organisations.
In the latter years however, the stresses and strains of private practice eroded my fortitude and like many others I have met, I turned to alcohol to diminish the inevitable worries of carrying the prolonged legal and life changing problems of others. I arrested this line of descent when my own health came under the scrutiny of medical professionals. I have been lucky enough to retain a loving family, but many are not so lucky. My wife of thirty years and my two children have been amazingly supportive throughout but like Shig's family they must have been very worried at times. One friend, a stockbroker, was not so lucky and passed away a little time ago leaving a young son without a father.
These days my passion, like Shig's is to see people get well and stay well in all quarters. I can fully understand how any professional person, business executive, small business partner, sole trader or member of any work force team must feel under the stresses and strains of very demanding and pressured roles whatever they may be.
Associate Addiction Specialist
Until thirteen years ago, I was an international entrepreneur in the UK and USA. From humble beginnings I worked relentlessly, and my businesses grew to a point where I possessed all of the trappings of wealth that it is easy to imagine; a home with a gym and sauna, a stable of expensive motor cars, and the ability to educate my children privately.
The quantity of my alcohol consumption grew to beyond what I thought was a social pleasantry and turned into a daily coping mechanism, to alleviate work-related stress. It did not take too many years for my health to reach the point where the next stage would have been death. I was diagnosed with Wernicke-Korsakov syndrome, known colloquially as a ‘wet brain’. Simply put I had had enough, and couldn’t carry on.
I thank God that my family persuaded me to seek specialist medical and psychological attention in the USA to save me from certain death, and only in my mid-forties! In the last thirteen years I have not picked up an alcoholic drink of any sort. I work the AA 12 Step programme each and every day and my life is not only the healthier for it, but I am happier and richer in the quality of my life.
All of my family who suffered greatly to watch me slowly killing myself now lead normal lives themselves, free from the curse of my addictive behaviour that negatively impacted their lives. They are worry free now and to my grandchildren I am a loving and generous Grandad - just that. I can be that person because I can devote my time not only to them in a healthy and loving way, but also to my children, siblings, and my mother.
My passion for recovery is limitless. I have counselled, from the heart, countless fellow alcoholics and addicts and their suffering families over many years now, many of whom now enjoy their own sobriety. The depth of my own experience from a start-up entrepreneur to successful business man, in-patient under expert supervision, and, today, a clean living and grateful family man has given me not only the gift of a greater appreciation of the truly important things in life, but the expertise to help, because I have experienced first-hand what you may be going through right now.
This may include divorce, child access, business debt, legal driving issues, bereavement and depression. My life coaching emanates from my first-hand experience of these realistic life experiences. I am very happy to be working in partnership with Paul Kalaher because Paul’s values are identical to my own, namely to stay well and get well, one day at a time!
Group Mental Health Training Consultant
Hi I'm Sue, a qualified Registered Mental Nurse and with over 20 years experience in Mental Health care I have developed my career both as Clinician and Manager.
As Lead Nurse in a 74 bedded female secure unit, I deputised for the Hospital Director and contributed to the achievement of a CQC outstanding report.
Two years ago I took the opportunity to move into a development role using my experience, to identify individual and service needs and to support and develop others in the provision of quality care.
Having a commitment to ongoing personal professional development I have undertaken further education including a Diploma in Management Studies and recently a Level 5 CIPD in Learning and Development.
I am very happy to be part of the EMHO Group and working with them to increase and support the Educational Training of Mental Health in our Corporate and Public Communities.
Group Customer Liaison Officer
Hi I’m Jemma, I am a stay at home Mum as well as a part-time Student, studying a BSc (Honours) Degree in Forensic Psychology, with the Open University.
Prior to this I worked in the Customer Service Sector for nearly 20 years, working as a Representative, Team Leader, Planner & Customer Liaison Coordinator during that time.
My end goal is always a happy customer! I use Social Media on a daily basis on different platforms to gain knowledge, share experiences and support others, as I myself dealt with Prenatal & Postnatal Depression with both of my children.
Group Accountant & Community Mental Health Ambassador
I’m Andy, I am the Group Accountant and Community Mental Health Ambassador at EMHO. I’ve been working in Finance for approximately 7 years within industry, and have worked in a variety of sectors and accounting roles.
I am an affiliate member of the AAT, holding AATQB status and also a fellow of the IAB. I consciously strive to further my accounting knowledge and skills updated, and will therefore be adding the additional letters of MAAT and Dip.PM to my qualifications at the end of this year. Amongst this I attend regular CPD sessions to build upon my knowledge and show my commitment to this great profession. There are also future accounting qualifications being considered, CIMA.
My responsibilities at EMHO include managing the day to day finances of the group, ensuring accurate records are maintained, compliance with the authorities and reporting on financial matters to board of directors.
My other role is of Community Mental Health Ambassador, where I work alongside the Director’s & Associates to raise awareness and promote the offerings that EMHO provide, this targeting SME’s & larger enterprises within my local area.
The opportunity to work with EMHO Group means an awful lot to me, this due to my own battle with Mental Health. I could think of nothing more satisfactory than to contribute towards spreading awareness by working alongside this fantastic organisation.
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