Carolyn works with a range of social care organisations as a researcher, project manager and practice supervisor. She is an experienced social worker, registered with the HCPC. As a serial social entrepreneur, Carolyn has been promoting good mental health and wellbeing in community settings for several years, and manages many of the projects developed by the Good Mental Health Cooperative in Hampshire. She is author of The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life, and regularly delivers workshops related to good mental health and recovery.
Until recently, Sandra Walker was a lecturer in Mental Health at Southampton University where she taught undergraduate, postgraduate and post registration health professionals. She has more than 20 years experience as a mental health nurse, from Staff Nurse to Modern Matron, and used the Arts, predominantly music, in practice regularly throughout that time. Sandra has a BSc (hons) and PGDip in Clinical Practice and has now completed her PhD exploring the experience people who self-harm have of contact with mental health services within a general hospital environment. As well as being one of the Founder Directors of The Good Mental Health Cooperative, she is also Director of The Sanity Company and a musician who actively manages her own mental health using music http://webplus.broad.ology.org.uk/walkerbroad/#index
Martin has been a Research Fellow at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, based in King’s College London, since 2004 and Senior Research Fellow since early 2014. During this time, he has worked on a wide variety of research projects, including the National Individual Budgets Evaluation and the International Care Workers study. He currently chairs the National Social Care Research Ethics Committee. Martin is also chair of the Social Services Research Group, a network organisation for researchers and others interested in health and social care.
Sarah is performer in Acting and Dance, holding a current registration with Equity The Performing Arts Federation. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with years of experience working in the field of Acute Mental Health Care. She holds a BTEC Level 3 in Teaching and Education and a certificate in facilitating Forum Theatre by Adrian Jackson of Cardboard Citizen. Sarah has been running Youth Theatre groups since 2007, including work with young people who have a learning disability. She is experienced in delivering adult workshops in Mindfulness and Forum Theatre and has worked with Councils, charities and the NHS.
Sarah is the founder and director of Creative Mental Health with a vision to improve local and online services for people with mental health struggles, and, to tackle stigma and improve understanding within our community.