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.

Alison Ebbitt

Alison is very committed to improving access to information about mental health and challenging stigma surrounding talking about mental health openly. She is qualified social worker, mental health officer, counsellor, family mediator and has worked for many years delivering SMHFA and SMHFA: YP courses. She is very proud to be a member of the national training team and enjoys the challenges. Alison also teaches and tutors on the law course at Strathclyde and Edinburgh Law School.

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 Reid

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.

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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