Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan
- 08:30 - 16:30
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Phyl is a specialist in helping people to recover their lives after significant loss and grief. She is also the former Targeted Mental Health in Schools Project Manager (TaMHS) at Telford & Wrekin Council. Prior to this she worked as a project manager in workforce development in Health and Social Care at Shropshire Council.
In 2001 Phyl was recognised for her successful management of multi-agency projects across Shropshire; achieving Shropshire Council’s Chairman’s Award for Innovation & Outstanding Contribution. Phyl’s innovation and leadership helped Shropshire to meet national targets for qualified care workers and another project she led resulted in a Beacon Highly Commended Award for partnership working.
Phyl had been forging ahead on the back of these successes. She was enjoying her life and career when, following a series of significant losses including the death of her husband by suicide, Phyl became a mental health service user.
Her physical and emotional wellbeing deteriorated and she considered ending her own life. As a result of supportive local IAPT services and seeking out other interventions to help her recovery, Phyl eventually discovered the Grief Recovery Method®. Completing this programme led to her recovering her life and health. Phyl subsequently became a Grief Recovery Specialist and delivers programmes helping people in her community to rebuild their lives. She is a member of several public and voluntary sector community engagement groups, using her professional knowledge and lived experience to help improve the resilience and wellbeing of her local community.