Jimmy Gittins was a Professional Rugby League player for 10 years and a self employed builder, when he broke his neck in two places during a match. Told by doctors that he would never walk again or be able to feed himself, he was determined to rehabilitate himself to prove them all wrong. He improved by setting goals and incrementally moving step by step towards his vision of walking out of hospital and driving away. Nine months later he did exactly that and has since gone on to achieve some incredible successes as he continues to challenge himself and give back to the community. He has undertaken many notable charity activities, including cycling across France and Sky Diving with the Red Devils. Jimmy’s incredible self belief and positivity in dealing with his life changing accident is truly inspiring.
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Danny Sculthorpe is a former Super League Rugby Prop Forward who recently retired as a result of injury and illness which impacted on his mood and wellbeing. Subsequently Danny became involved in State of Mind as a key contributor to training programmes. Danny’s personal experience of injury and illness and how he is dealing with his problems, brings highly credible and powerful insights into responding to adversity.
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Malcolm Rae OBE has recently retired as the Joint Strategic Lead for the Acute Care Programme of The National Mental Health Development Unit. He remains as an advisor to the NMHDU, NPSA and CQC on the Prevention and Management of Suicide, Violence and other safety issues along with innovative approaches to undertaking SUI’s. He has recently undertaken a number of Independent Investigations, and has been involved in Service Development initiatives. He was formally the Nursing Officer for Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Health from 1997‐2002 and he is a former chair of RCN Mental Health Society, as well as a number of successful positions in mental health. His other interests include Preston North End Football Club and Wigan RLFC.
Founding Member and Programme Director for State of Mind
Dr. Wesley O’ Brien was awarded his PhD in youth physical activity promotion at the School of Health and Human Performance, at Dublin City University in September 2013. His PhD was entitled the “Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health” (Y-PATH) programme which gathered information on levels of physical activity, fundamental movement skills and body mass index amongst adolescents in Irish post-primary schools. This PhD research study was a unique longitudinal pilot exploratory intervention trial describing the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Y-PATH school-based intervention.
He has previously lectured at The University of Bolton, Dublin City University and Cork Institute of Technology. Over the past three years, he has lectured in the areas of teaching and learning in physical education, coaching studies, exercise physiology, movement analysis, childhood fundamental movement skills, motor control, outdoor and adventure education, physical activity, nutrition and weight management. Dr. Wesley O' Brien completed his B.Ed in Sports Studies and Physical Education (1st Hons) in 2010 at University College Cork.
Dr. Wesley O’ Brien has recently joined (January 2014) the Sports Studies and Physical Education (School of Education) team at University College Cork and delivers modules across the B.Ed and M.Ed programmes. His main teaching responsibilities lie within the delivery of physical education, sports coaching, movement analysis and exercise prescription modules.
Dr. Martin Lawlor
Psychiatric consultant for HSE South and Programme Lead for State of Mind Ireland. Also Director and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion.
Marian Browne’s initial career path was in general nursing, midwifery and hospice.
She holds a BA (Applied Psych), MA (Health Psych), HDip., Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and an MA Integrative Psychotherapy from University College Cork. She is also an IACP accredited supervisor.
Marian has worked as a Counselling Psychologist in the Student Counselling & Development Service in UCC since 2002, where she provides individual counselling and a range of psycho educational and group interventions to students. She has also developed and delivers training to staff in UCC in Identifying & Responding to Distressed and At Risk Students.
For a number of years she practiced as Counselling Psychologist in Adult Mental Health in the Southern Health Board and in a variety of organisations including NRB, Faoiseamh, and Dovedale Counselling prior to working in UCC.
Rory Doody is the Recovery Development Advocate for the Home Focus Team working for the National Learning Network Limited, within West Cork Mental Health Services.
Dermot has been working for the last few years in a number of HSE and Child & Family Agency services within Cork City, as a Counselling Psychologist. Current services include ‘Springboard’, a community-based family support service in Northside of Cork City since 2008. More recently Dermot has also worked within a Paediatric Screening Clinic in NICHE Knocknaheeny.
Dermot runs regular workshops on Resilience for professionals, which looks at how the dynamic process of Resilience is operationalized. In addition how professionals can modify the way that we work with people to enhance their Resilience. More recently Dermot has a key interest in how professionals can find it difficult, at times, in enhancing their own levels of Resilience.
Prof. Louis Appleby's staff profile is available at the University of Manchester,
Dr. Laura Caulfield's staff profile is available at Bath Spa University.
Dr. Martin Lawlor is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry with a special interest in Forensic Rehabilitation based at the Carraig Mór Assertive Care Service and Mercy University Hospital, Cork. He has worked in a number of sub-specialties including Secure Mental Health, Assertive Outreach, and Psychiatric Intensive Care. He is the Director and Founding Chairman of the Centre for Recovery and Social Inclusion (www.crsi-cork.com), a charitable mental health foundation based in Cork, Ireland and holds a Clinical/Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at University College Cork. His clinical and research interests include recovery based practice, mental health promotion and team/clinical leadership.
Former Director of Nursing in both Wigan and Salford. From 1997 until 2002 Nurse Advisor for Mental Health and Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Health. Then became the Joint Lead for the Acute Care Programme of the National Institute for Mental Health England (NIMHE) for eight years
He was an Independent Member of the Parole Board for seven years
Currently he is largely employed as an Independent Investigator into serious untoward incidents, in particular, suicide and homicides in both inpatient and community settings. He is keen to ensure that the lessons learnt from tragic incidents are actually implemented
He is the Co Founder of “State of Mind” a Rugby League and Mental Health initiative.
He was awarded the OBE in 1996
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and the first Fellow of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU)
In 2013 he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Nursing by the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
He currently mentors a number of aspiring nurses which keeps him grounded and up to date
Locally, Kara is now on the Cork Consumer Panel.
She has previously been involved with Mental Health Reform and Amnesty International.
Kara qualified as a WRAP facilitator (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) in 2010 and is currently on the DCU Cooperative Learning Course: Service Improvement Leadership for Mental Health Service Users, Carers & Service Providers
Tracy works across the Trust (Bolton, Salford and Trafford) delivering carer awareness training to staff and organizing training for carers on different mental health conditions and coping strategies. Tracy has set up a Carer Champion network across the trust and is the lead for the Triangle of Care initiative, as well as overseeing the Carer Action Plans that are in place across GMW.
Since May 2012, Tracy has been leading on a project around improving information for people with dementia and their carers in the Bolton area.
Tracy can be contacted at:
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,
J2 - Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR