Esther Thomas
Esther Thomas

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I'm an Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer based in Croydon, South London. I help people all over the UK to increase their mental health awareness and develop mental health first aid skills. I work online and in-person delivering the following adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England courses:

- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training (£300 total)
- Adult One Day Champions (£200 total)
- Adult Half-Day Mental Health Aware (£125 total)
- Adult Half-Day Mental Health First Aider and Champion Refresher (£125 total)

As well as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainer, I'm a clinical nutritional therapist with a special interest in mental health and self-care. I am also a suicide prevention tutor, a yoga instructor and a mindfulness coach.

My extensive knowledge of health and wellbeing is blended into my mental health first aid training courses. My aim is to empower learners with practical skills and information to support themselves, their colleagues and loved ones.

I've trained many delegates from a range of corporate, public, education and third sector organisations including:

• Deloitte
• Allianz
• Vonage
• BDO UK
• IPSOS MORI
• McKinsey
• We Transfer
• ACAS
• the NHS
• The Eveleigh LINK Academy Trust
• Surrey Physio
• The HR Company
• Croydon BME Forum
• Mind the Charity
• Magpie Dance Academy
• Groundworks
• East Surrey College
• Bromley Council
• Cabinet Office

For more information on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, bespoke employee wellbeing training and return to work support:

tel: 07852 754 179. email: esther@thriveandwell.co.uk. website: www.thriveandwell.co.uk. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thriveandwellwellbeing. Croydon, South London.

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Course feedback:

Esther was a supportive, understanding and encouraging coach. The experiences and the guidance she shared made all the difference - it was a pleasure to spend my two training days with her! 10/10 recommend.

I think this is the most important training I'll ever do! I think the approach is very clear and it will definitely help me and the company I work for to understand how we can most appropriately support people. The skills I've learned, particularly around listening and communicating non-judgementally, will be incredibly useful in all spheres of life. I'd recommend this course to anyone - thank you.

I felt the course was well structured and the right length (2 days). The instructor was fantastic, patient and unassuming. The amount of engagement/break-out groups was spot on. Thank you.

The instructor's timekeeping was impeccable. Her whole demeanor was so claim. Delivery was very precise. All attendees were given the opportunity to interact and contribute. I was so impressed with the manual I received, I could not put it down. Thank you.

This was an intense course that reflected on one of the most important subject areas of our time. I have left this course feeling more confident in using models to support colleagues, students and wider communities in feeling more open to discuss issues. It has also helped me to recognise and understand behaviours to increase my awareness and response to MH.

Esther was brilliant, well informed and set the absolute right tone for the subject matter. Feel really well equipped now!

Just wanted to say thank you for the last few weeks of MHFA training. It has been incredibly useful - feel much more equipped practically, and have more confidence in holding conversations and offering first aid and support. You delivered it all with clarity and at a nice pace!

I really enjoyed the course and learned so much from it. It has confirmed my wanting to train to be an instructor. Thanks Esther for facilitating our group so well - you were so calm and so knowledgeable.

Brilliant instructor, made the course interesting and engaging.

Thoroughly engaging delivery of the course. Knowledgeable and passionate about subject material. Very enjoyable two day course.

I really enjoyed these days. They were informative and gave me good strategies to take away.

Excellent course, very well delivered. Felt like a very safe space to ask questions and Esther has a wealth of knowledge.

I really enjoyed the course. It is one of those practical and applicable life skill that will be of benefit in all facets of life. For the workplace; it’s a great addendum to my mentoring role as a senior staff member. This course will go a long way in helping me to promote a caring culture in my NHS organisation. I work in the field of oncology which can be quite draining for practitioners. MHFA will strengthen and help me to lend a hand to colleagues in those upsetting times.

Thanks Esther for the excellent delivery of the program that really brought it to life for us.'

We both felt that you delivered the course content extremely well, given the tone of some of the subject matters.

Excellent, great atmosphere, informal but informative.

Great course - learned more than I thought I would.

I felt the course was very good. Kept my attention throughout the two days. Thank you.

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Mental Health First Aid Training and Staff Wellbeing, Croydon, South London (as well as West, North and Central London) in person and UK-wide online.


Work Experience

My current undertakings include:

Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Instructor/Trainer

Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor

Founder and Managing Director at Thrive and Well (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

Clinical Nutritional Therapist

Wellness Coach

Associate Mental Health and Wellbeing Trainer at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Recovery College (Mental Health) in South London

Training Mental Health First Aid England's trainee instructors in 'nutrition for mental health'

Mental Health First Aid support to BBC production ‘You Don’t Know Me‘.

Assistant Clinic Supervisor at the College of Naturopathic Medicine supporting students to complete their nutrition training.

tel: 07852 754 179. email: esther@thriveandwell.co.uk. website: www.thriveandwell.co.uk. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thriveandwellwellbeing. Croydon, South London.


Qualifications

• Positive Psychology Practitioner - ongoing

• Diploma in Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy (Level 6)

• Accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Instructor

• Understanding Suicide Intervention (City and Guilds, Level 4)

• Mental Health First Aider

• Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor

• Integrated Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

• Chartered Institute of Marketing Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management

• Yoga Teacher Training Diploma (18 months part-time with YogaCampus/Life Centre Islington)


tel: 07852 754 179. email: esther@thriveandwell.co.uk. website: www.thriveandwell.co.uk. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/thriveandwellwellbeing. Croydon, South London.


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