Meet the national training team

Stuart Campbell

Stuart has worked as an English teacher, advisor, communications lecturer, education manager, and consultant in the Lothians for longer than he cares to remember. Along with his work with the National Training Team he is also gainfully employed as a mental health trainer for a voluntary sector organisation for whom he has been delivering values-based and recovery-focussed training throughout Scotland. Stuart has also written articles for the Guardian and a book on Robert Louis Stevenson.His most recent novel, John McPake and the Sea Beggars, was published in 2014.

Roz Currie

Roz has been working as a Charted Educational Psychologist for 6 years and through this has developed her work in mental health, child development and additional support needs, delivering training to school staff on a regular basis.  Prior to working as an EP, Roz worked with young people in a range of residential care settings.

Roz is also currently undertaking an MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology and in her spare time organises a summer camp for young people.

Yvonne Hutchison

Yvonne is an Educational Psychologist working within North Ayrshire Council. She is involved regularly in working with and supporting young people experiencing Mental Health issues as well as supporting the team around the young person, including parents and carers. Her core role incorporates training to a range of audiences and has led to her being involved in delivering the Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young Person’s training course and subsequently being part of the National Training Team.

Before becoming an Educational Psychologist, she worked closely with young people experiencing a range of mental health issues through her work in residential schools and care settings.

Suzie Smith

Suzie has worked within the field of community work for 8 years since graduating from Strathclyde university with a degree in Community Learning Development.  Suzie’s most recent role has been part of the young person services team within East Renfrewshire council. Within this role she has gained a wide depth of knowledge & experience of young people through co-ordinating of a variety of youth projects including outreach detached youth work, single sex personal development programmes, youth health services and school based programmes. Another core role includes delivery of a variety of CLD specific & youth work accredited training for volunteers, youth workers & colleagues.

She is extremely passionate about young people & increasing their own understanding of mental health.

Mechele Wimble

Mechele has been delivering training over 10 years and is CIPD qualified. Currently she is the Learning and Development Officer lead for Mental Health Improvement at NHS Health Scotland and led the development of the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid: Young People’s training programme.

She has previously worked in the voluntary sector in the learning team of organisations who support adults with mental health problems, learning difficulties and have been homeless. She has also been a volunteer with Children in Need. 

 

When you begin your training as an instructor one member of the team becomes your mentor. She or he will:

  • give you guidance and advice
  • help you work your way through the training
  • give feedback as you practice your skills
  • authorise your approval as a fully fledged instructor.

Each member of the training team is an active SMHFA and SMHFA: YP instructor so are able to understand the challenges and joys of training.

 
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