In this intimate, interactive event we will be looking at myths, facts and key statistics as well as discussing the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health and wellbeing.
The session will also feature a one-hour workshop on defining mental health disorders and how fitness industry professionals can play a key role in preventing a crisis in terms of mental ill-health.
Our guest line-up includes…
Karen Spence - Head of Public Health, Wiltshire Council
Karen is Head of Service for Public Health at Wiltshire Council. In her previous position as Public Health Specialist with a remit for mental health and wellbeing she was responsible for raising awareness about mental health and improving understanding about the things we can all do to look after our own emotional wellbeing… in the same way we would our physical health.
Outside of work, Karen is a carer for her husband (a former member of the armed forces and professional rugby player) who suffered a stroke 10 years ago at the age of 38.
All of this leaves limited time for hobbies and interests but Karen loves the theatre and has previously been known to appear in amateur productions. She also regularly participates in the Saturday morning Parkrun in the park behind her house.
Lynn Wilson - Health & Fitness Manager at Volair
Lynn is a respected, experienced leader and practitioner in health and fitness both in the commercial and schools sector. With significant experience in school delivery she has a particular interest in the way in which physical activity benefits the mental wellbeing of children.
In addition to heading up health and fitness for a leisure trust Lynn is a director and founder of MAD Fitness. In that role she works with schools to shape and structure health/fitness intervention programmes.
Clare Webb - Health and Activity Manager, Wiltshire Council
With a background in Sports Development Clare holds a Degree in Leisure Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Sport and Physical Activity. Currently studying for a Chartered Institute of Management Diploma in Leadership and Management, Clare will discuss her work around loneliness and isolation.
As a netball plater Clare knows the physical and mental benefits of an active lifestyle and when she’s not playing her favourite sport she runs, enjoys a good spin class and loves lifting weights!
Lynne Coward - Walking Group Member
Lynne had moved to Shrewton from Eltham in November 2015 with her husband Len but sadly Len passed away in April 2016 leaving Lynne feeling lost and very isolated.
Lynne joined the “Get Wiltshire Walking” Shrewton group in 2016 having read about the new “Stroller Walk” in the local parish magazine.
The first encounter with the group was not a huge success as the walk was too slow and too short for Lynne but a further chance encounter with one of the few people she had come to know in the village led to her attending the ‘Strider’ walk the following week….
We will let Lynne tell the rest of her inspirational story!
Lynne Briggs - Head of the LFX Academy
With a background in fitness industry education Lynne now delivers the two-day Mental Health Awareness programme that was recently accredited by ActiveIQ.
Delivering a one-hour workshop to close the day, Lynne will help delegates to understand how they can identify certain problems and carefully signpost clients to specialist services. This will be an interactive session with tasks, challenges and lots to take away.