Having spent 15 years working for the local authority, Sarah successfully completed a midwifery degree at the University of Birmingham and subsequently practiced as a midwife for the NHS. For reasons close to home, Sarah developed a keen interest in mental health issues and subsequently returned to university in 2015 to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health. She then re-trained as a Specialist Midwife for mental health.
Sarah qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer in 2017. This training has broadened her knowledge and skills, and importantly helped develop a clear understanding of the effects that poor mental health can have on an employee whilst at work, and their effectiveness in their role. Training in the workplace is imperative and Sarah is passionate about helping to change people’s perceptions, broaden their knowledge, and reduce the impact that mental health issues can have on an employee’s contribution in the workplace. She is also an Associate Trainer for the British Safety Council.
In addition to training, Sarah is the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead at a large school in Worcestershire. She is responsible for the training of staff and parents, as well as supporting the students on a daily basis. The roles primary responsibility is to ensure the school meets the children’s Mental Health and well-being needs, and to liaise with community mental health teams as required.
Sarah continues to work as a Specialist Midwife in Perinatal Mental Health when time permits and is an active Governor at Aston University Engineering Academy.