The Team

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Stevie profile

Michelle Richardson

RecoverMe Founder; MHFA Instructor; Specialist Midwife Perinatal Mental Health

In addition to being a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Michelle is a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife and holds regular specialist clinics within a large maternity unit. Michelle  works closely with other agencies including primary and secondary mental health services, and also coordinates the consultant led psychiatric clinics. Michelle also develops and delivers mental health training to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Michelle's interest for mental health started when she was a teenager and has continued as she has witnessed the impact mental illness has had within her own family.

"I believe in a future where everyone can talk about mental illness without feeling embarrassed or ashamed and without fear of discrimination. I genuinely care and can get passionate about mental health after all we all have it, we just need to get better about knowing how to offer support when someone is struggling."

Stevie Symes

MHFA Instructor & University lead for mental health and well being and psychological well-being practitioner.

Working as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Adviser at an educational institution, Stevie provides information, advice, guidance and support to students experiencing mental health difficulties. Given her current role and experience in mental health over the years, she is acutely aware of the importance of prevention and early intervention in mental illness. As such, Stevie runs a number of student-focused workshops aimed at improving levels of wellbeing, is involved in the delivery of awareness campaigns on campus, and she liaises with local and national mental health services to ensure appropriate support is offered both at the institution and externally.

To further the information and support available to students, Stevie also delivers staff training covering issues such as student mental health, self-harm, and suicide. She works closely with academic staff to identify students who may be struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, and works closely with the HR department to develop staff wellbeing initiatives.

"We need to keep telling people that it's okay to be honest about how they feel, and that it's okay ask for help. But more than that, we need to know there will be someone on the other end to provide that person with support, compassion and hope. Regardless of whether that's family or friends, a stranger or a mental health professional. Everyone has their own role to play."

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Sarah Stagg
MHFA Instructor; Mental Health Support Worker; Adult and Paediatric Physical First Aid Trainer

Sarah is a Mental Health Support Worker in a Middle School, working alongside staff to ensure all pupils receive access to the best available advice, support and information. Sarah delivers staff training and works to ensure pupils’ emotional needs receive the same priority as their educational needs. She is a point of contact for all students, parents and staff alike. As a qualified Mental Health First Aider, Sarah also recognizes the importance of staff well-being. This promotes a healthy working environment which in turns benefits both staff and pupils.

Sarah previously worked as a Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Midwife and gained years of valuable experience offering one-to-one support to women, as well as delivering staff training. Sarah is also a fully qualified Physical First Aid trainer and Paediatric First Aid trainer.

“I genuinely care about people and their physical and mental wellbeing. The opportunity to be a trainer and share my skills to the benefit of others is a privilege. I simply want to help others, reduce stigma and increase knowledge and awareness.”