have worked for WATCH since 2014 as a writer and facilitator for a variety of courses to support better mental health including Peer Training. I also run Induction Courses for the Project and run some Supervision sessions. I am an Accredited Counsellor and run my own private practice when not working with WATCH. In my spare time I like reading, keeping up with current events and swimming. I have also lately taken up running, recently completing the Couch to 5K.
As a Mental Health Campaigner and MHFA England Instructor Member, Kay provides mental health awareness and skills training to a variety of organisations, businesses and communities nationally with the aim of helping people to develop the skills to look after their own and others’ wellbeing and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health.
Kay lives in Wells, Somerset with her husband and Basset Hound. She has four sons who are all currently studying at Uni.
I have worked for the NHS for many years caring for patients on a very busy Trauma Ward. Following my own episode of acute anxiety which was very hard to manage I sought varied techniques I could try and use and some were very successful. Following my recovery, it gave me the inspiration to seek employment in the Mental Health and Wellbeing Field. I was fortunate to secure a role as a Wellbeing course Facilitator and become part of The Watch Team. My passion continues to grow as seeing a individual suffering with their Mental Health Illness then gaining control back through their hard work, then living and enjoying their life to their best potential is the most humbling journey shared.
I’ve been volunteering for Watch as a counsellor since 2010.
I find it really rewarding helping people in this way as often just ‘talking things through’ can help us to feel clearer and more confident about ourselves.
I completed my counselling training in 2004 and have worked in schools and a women’s refuge. It’s great to see how the Watch Project has developed and grown and offers such a great community service.