Michelle, our founder, has experienced a number of life changing events, which at times, knocked her off her feet completely. Some of which will stay with her for the rest of her life. These are events that had a detrimental affect on how she saw herself, her future and her life. They also had an effect on those around her, and affected how others perceived her, judged her and some who gave up on her; these people where friends, colleagues, fiancé and employers.
There is still a distinct lack of knowledge and some ignorance surrounding mental illness and even those two words make some cringe. We need to do better and that's why Michelle set up Mentis Training and Consultancy.
Michelle has undertaken numerous public speaking engagements and truly takes the audiences breath away with her resilience and honesty.
Michelle is currently writing a book about her operational experience, and subsequent diagnoses of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). Highlighting her intention and commitment to talking about life on the front line of Afghanistan as a female paramedic, treating the wounded, whilst also battling with her own mental health.
Michelle was honoured to be the first female paramedic to serve on the front line with the Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment. She was operationally deployed on various tours with the Medical Emergency Response Team, taking emergency lifesaving care to casualties on the battlefield. Michelle joined the RAF in 1991 as an Aircraft woman and reached the rank of Sergeant before taking the Queens Commission as a Medical Support Officer, providing tactical and strategic support for the Defence Medical Services. She was awarded a Commendation for Meritorious Service on operations.
Michelle says ‘I am proud to have played a key part in building a paramedic cadre within the RAF and became the subject matter expert officer.’
On a personal level, Michelle having never competed in any sporting activity, joined a 90-strong team of athletes to compete in the Invictus Games in Toronto in October 2017. Michelle competed as part of Team GB in rowing and power lifting. The power of sport helped her by providing an outlet for her anger and frustrations, both of which are strong symptoms of PTSD.
It helped to ensure she looked after herself both mentally and physically, having to eat a nutritionally balanced diet. Michelle is currently in the process of undertaking the Level 2 Certificate in Sports Coaching as well as other certifications to enable Mentis Training and Consultancy Ltd to provide a full, all round service to our clients, ensuring the whole mental health and well being needs are met.
Amongst our achievements to date we have been honoured with being nominated, shortlisted, finalists and also winners of some very special awards including:
DIVA Awards 2018
Soldiering on Awards 2018
Lancashire Business Network Awards - Most Outstanding Achievement 2018
Women In Defence Special Award 2018
Women In Defence Woman of the Year 2018
Northern Power Women Future List 2019