About us

Fully qualified through Mental Health First Aid England, we offer a wide range of experienced support to help you ensure that staff mental well being is a priority in your organisation.

Jackie Shears

Jackie Shears

Managing Director

Healthy Minds, Health Business is owned and managed by Jackie Shears.

Jackie brings a 25 year history working in, or for, the public sector including Local Government and 20 years in the NHS, most recently as director in a large national organisation. Apart from the opportunity to make a difference, this experience has offered up a wide range of experiences – some first hand, some as a manager, some as a mental health first aider – highlighting the impact of stigma around mental health and the huge benefit to recovery of a supportive environment. Jackie says:

After a period of stress related mental ill health, I began to recognise the signs and implications of overwhelm, workplace stress and the impact of big life events on employees.  Benefiting from a supportive environment on my return to work – with one specific exception – I set about creating a healthier atmosphere in my own teams and developing a stronger focus on mental health to match the focus we give physical health.

In 2017 I seized the chance to train as a Mental Health First Aider and followed this up with training as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Bringing significant experience of working in stressful organisational environments, personal experience of stress related mental ill health and formal training as a Mental Health first Aid instructor, I provide:

  • Senior experience of managing small and large teams, understanding the cultures and dynamics that can prevail and the range of line management styles that can emerge
  • Experience embedding sound mental health practices in a range of settings
  • Ability to develop a sound strategic approach to mental health awareness and developing a mentally healthy culture, tailored to your specific organisation’s needs, culture, and aims.

Our Services

Want to change the focus on mental health in your workplace?

We offer training packages and strategic support to build mental health awareness and resilience within your workforce.

Training Packages

We offer specific training for employees on key skills including, enabling you to develop mental health awareness in your workforce

Create a mental health aware workforce

This introductory four hour session raises awareness of mental health for all staff. It covers:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • A basic knowledge of some common mental health issues
  • An introduction to looking after your own mental health and maintaining wellbeing
  • Confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue

Managers who are mental health champions

This one day, face to face course qualifies is aimed at line managers and qualifies them as an MHFA Champion, giving: 

  • An understanding of common mental health issues 
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Ability to spot signs of mental ill health
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

Create Mental Health First Aiders

This two day, face to face course qualifies individuals as a Mental Health First Aider, giving:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix

Strategy Planning

Great training is a great start.  But that investment will fade unless you develop a culture that maintains momentum. 

Your Mental Health Strategy Support starts with where your organisation is, understands where it wants to get to, and identifies the activities, training and approaches that will help you get there.

Benchmarking current position:

  • Business focus – products/services/make up/demographic etc
  • Facts and figures- sickness absence, employee surveys etc
  • Understand where you want to get to:
  • What’s the focus?  What’s the investment level? What’s the priority?

Options to enable it including:

  • Identifying any existing, free resources to pull in (no wheel reinvention here – there is lots of great stuff out there!)
  • Training – to develop knowledge, create points of expertise
  • Figure out what works for your organisation – there are so many ways – but lunchtime yoga doesn’t help if the workforce are mainly dispersed, and often it is less about creating ‘gestures’ and more about instilling better language and greater understanding.

A great mental health strategy is one that reflects where YOUR organisation is, and where YOUR organisation wants to get to, with tactics and approaches that suit the individuals and the make-up of YOUR organisation.

Contact Us

Start building a healthy business today.

Musters Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7PW


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