With this in mind, our founding director Jane Farnham chatted to avid and active mental health campaigner Steve Carr one of our stellar motivational mental health speakers.
After a traumatic incident shook the lives of Steve Carr and his family, he realised nothing would be the same again. Steve ended up homeless and addicted to drugs. He quite literally lost everything.
Steve isn’t just someone who talks mental health, he’s qualified in many areas of mental health, including youth and adult mental health first aid, life coaching, counselling skills and one of only a handful of Suicide First Aid tutors in the country.
His dedication for helping others came after multiple childhood traumas and a turbulent adulthood wrecked by addictions and mental health problems, leading to multiple suicide attempts. He emerged a man with a mission to change the world of mental health, to ensure no one has to face adversity or challenges alone…
He is an independent Instructor member approved to deliver MHFA England courses, an Associate Tutor with National Centre for Suicide Prevention Education & Grassroots, an award-winning charity and UK leader in suicide prevention, delivering SFA: Suicide First Aid, the UK’s National Qualification in Suicide Prevention and Adult Mental Health First Aid courses.
Steve has delivered training and talks for many organisations including Nationwide Building Society, McLaughlin & Harvey, General Dynamics Mission Systems, GWR, Richmond Fellowship, the NHS, Ocado, Hitachi, Grassroots suicide prevention and the Ben Reavers foundation.
He has written many articles, sat on several judging panels, written blogs, co-authored a book and walked all of the UK in 90 whitest in recovery.
His insights and knowledge come from academic studies and lived experience of extreme poor mental to making a full recovery
In his speaking career he has shared the stage at some of the UK’s most recognised organisations and has told his inspirational story along side many famous and well respect public figures including Dame Kelly Holmes and Kirsty Gallacher.
Steve has been asked to help and consult with many organisations about mental health and suicide prevention after his talks due to his extensive knowledge from both lived experience and academic knowledge of these subjects.
Steve is the MD of Mindcanyon – Mental Health In Your Workplace and a mental health first aid, workplace well-being and suicide first-aid training.
There are many areas and focus points that Steve shares In his teaching to organisations all over the UK, from policymaking, homelessness, resilience, the importance of mental health and suicide first aid training and how to spot the early warning signs of distress.
Steve is incredibly engaging, captures the audience (even the sceptics!) and offers a tangible toolkit that any manager can use in the workplace. What they did for us other than the toolkit mentioned was to start the conversation, which in itself was very powerful.Reed Accountancy