My name is Mike and I have managed various issues throughout my adult life. Since 2010 I have been working as a primary teacher, however I am planning to continue my Counselling studies by starting a masters in 2020. Nowadays I manage my struggles well and further counselling and self-exploration led to me being diagnosed with ADHD in late 2018.
I am a Primary Teacher with over 10 years’ experience in a career which has brought me back to Manchester via The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and London. In 2018 I completed the Level 2 CPCAB Counselling Skills Qualification at MCTC and I am planning to begin a masters in Counselling at Salford University in 2020. More recently I completed Mental Health First Aid training for Adults.
The principles of Courage, Compassion and Connection run through my personal journey and guide me with all that I do for Talk About It Mate. Firstly, I showed Courage to want to make a change in my circumstances, which led to adopting a Self-Compassionate approach to my thoughts, feelings and actions. Next, I then began to project my compassionate qualities outward to others with the creation of this group. Finally, I have reached a stage where I regularly use Connection to present an authentic, organic and empowered version of myself.
My issues with mental health became apparent when I started university aged 18 and dropped out due to depression, but in reality, they began much earlier. I struggled throughout my twenties to deal with worry, stress and ultimately anxiety making me deeply unhappy and affecting my confidence, self-esteem and resulting in weight-gain. I began drinking more and became deeply frustrated, experiencing problems in both my career and relationship, culminating in a traumatic mental breakdown in 2015.
Since then I have made significant changes to my life, while overcoming setbacks, of which I am incredibly proud. I have lost four stone in weight, found a caring and supportive partner, began my Counselling studies and created and founded Talk About It Mate after I shared my experiences in a blog post. I am unashamedly open, authentic, honest and inspiring – the embodiment of what I know Talk About It Mate can achieve. I am finally discovering who I am as a person and being true to myself as I learn and strive for personal growth. I know I can inspire positive change in others by being my authentic self.
My initial aim was to help people to understand my own struggles, however before long I realised that I could potentially help others make sense of their own. I thought if I could help just one person it would be a success!
Now the Talk About It Mate MeetUp group has exceeded 500 members and we have held dozens of peer-support events. Recently registered as a non-profit Social Enterprise (Community Interest Company) I am pleased to offer workshops, peer-support safe talk spaces, mental health education in schools as well as 1:1 talk therapy.Learn More About What I Do