My Work

CLASP – Trustee

CLASP logoThe Counselling, Life Advice, Suicide Prevention charity, also known as CLASP, aim to confront the stigma that surrounds issues such as mental illness and suicide through awareness raising events and collaborative projects.

I have been involved with the charity since the summer of 2014 when I was approached by the CEO Kenny Johnston about his upcoming and inaugural Walking Out Of Darkness event.

After getting involved in the event in London, October 2014, I accepted Kenny’s invitation to become a trustee of CLASP. My role includes attending regular trustee meetings and overall I am responsible for promoting and representing the organisation and making sure we fulfill our aims.in challenging stigma and raising awareness.

I have also helped to arrange and run the past two Walking Out Of Darkness events as well as walking them myself and raising £500 for the charity Diabetics With Eating Disorders.

BuddyApp– Client Manager

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July 2014-Present

I recently joined Buddy, a small social business based in London with NHS clients across the UK. My role as Client Manager is to help embed Buddy, a simple SMS based tool, into services to encourage engagement between service users, clinicians and services. I provide training to a wide range of NHS services and work with teams to build their confidence in using technology. I also use Buddy in my own treatment and have found it really useful in keeping myself on track between sessions.

If you want to know more about Buddy you can check out our website or email me at Kat@buddyapp.co.uk

YouthNet – Guest Facilitator

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September 2013 – Present

I help to facilitate YouthNet’s TheSite.org LiveChat on a monthly basis. We take this monthly opportunity to provide advice and support to young people experiencing mental health issues and an open space to ask questions.

Previous talks:

September 2013: Depression & Anxiety
October 2013: Anxiety & OCD Week chat
November 2013: General Mental Health Support
March 2014: NHS England “Call to Action” consultation for young people living in London
June 2014: General mental health support chat
August 2014: General mental health support chat
September 2014: Crisis plans and crisis cards

I have also facilitated a workshop for The Site Leaders around mental health and relationships in preparation for the launch of the amazing Innovation Labs project “Madly In Love“.

Cernis – Advisor and Freelance work

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June 2012 – Present

Young advisor for CERNIS on a freelance basis.

I was involved in a project with Yvonne Anderson to help map eating disorder services in the Northwest of the UK and helped research service user experience of local wards and inpatient units for a private health company. I have also been employed as a freelance researcher on an NHS England transitions project.

 NHS England – Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator

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June 2013 – July 2014

Working for NHS England (London region) as part of the myhealthlondon team i worked on a variety of projects including the WellHappy app which i launched in March 2013 while on secondment from YoungMinds.

Through my work on the WellHappy project I spend a lot of time working with young people from across London both to improve the app and raise awareness of the issues it seeks to address. I often run workshops with young people, facilitate web chats and go into schools to talk about the app and in particular mental health and emotional wellbeing.

I also represent the WellHappy app at events including conferences, networking events, committees and during press interviews. This often includes presenting to large groups of people as well as running information stalls for young people and professionals. I represent WellHappy at CHaT meetings (Collaborative on Health and Technology) and represent myhealthlondon on the Pan-London Healthwatch Board hosted by NHS England.

As well as working on the app and other projects in digital innovation i also co-ordinate engagement with a particular focus on youth engagement. This has involved facilitating a range of on and offline workshops for young people around the NHS Call to Action.

My role also involves providing bespoke social media training to staff within the NHS and more recently to London Healthwatch members.

YoungMinds – Development Assistant & Project Manager

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August 2012 – July 2013

Working for YoungMinds on secondment to NHS England (London Region)/myhealthlondon. I worked in partnership with a range of organisations to develop a wellbeing app for young people.

I was the project manager for the development of the WellHappy app which is a free health app for young people age 12-25 in London. It focuses on mental health, sex, relationships and substance misuse and signposts young people to local services as well as providing them with information along the way.

The WellHappy app was launched at the Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013 in London with a further event hosted by the GLA Peer Outreach Team at City Hall. The app launch was supported by Joss Stone, Joe Swash, Sadie Frost and Ralph Little.

You can find out more about the app and it’s functions here: https://www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk/health-communities/young-people

Royal College of Psychiatrists – Youth Advisor and QNIC/QNCC Assessor 

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March 2010 – March 2013

As part of my role as young advisor i help the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI program in improving services for young people both in community and inpatient settings based on my own lived experience and the experiences of my peers.

This involves quarterly meetings for both QNIC and QNCC, being consulted on and helping to write College policy and attending and presenting at events for professionals.

I am also trained to assess both community and inpatient CAMHS providers for accreditation according to QNIC and QNCC standards and have been involved in several assessments of adolescent inpatient units.

I have also given talks to the College including a presentation on Transitions between CAMHS and AMHS in 2010.

Alongside this i have also separately worked on a project with YoungMinds to review the curriculum of trainee psychiatrists. 

YoungMinds – VIK

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January 2009 – March 2013

Part of YoungMinds VIK participation project representing young people across the country and advising YoungMinds on its policy and campaign objectives.

Online work

Trained in Social media E-safety & Practical digital forum management. I worked as part as part of a team of editors for the VIK site and managed the VIK project Twitter feed.

Conferences

Here are a couple of examples of conferences i have presented at.

6th Annual Mental Health Conference, Anglia Ruskin University (2010)
Rites of Passage conference, Birmingham (2009)
Royal College of Psychiatrists, London (2010, 2011, 2012)
Anxiety and Depression in the Child-London (2011)
CAMHS Young Advisors conference, Woking (2011)
PODS DID conference, London (2011)
Beat PSHE conference, London (2011)
3rd World multicultural psychiatry conference, London (2012)
Participation 101, Hertfordshire (2012)

Media work included:

Newsnight (live)
BBC London radio interview (live)
BBC World Service radio interview
BBC Radio 4 interview on young people’s experiences of Depression
Radio 1 interview
Regularly featured in the YoungMinds magazine and website
MTV interview on Depression and Anxiety
Wired interview on how blogging can improve your mental health

Other work

Helped produce the YoungMinds manifesto which helped secure Big Lottery Funding for the VIK project
Participated in the YoungMinds VIK film to accompany manifesto
Judge for the Young Minds book awards 2009
Involved in a soundscaping/mental health project at the Hayward Gallery
Part of the NAC reference group-helped to inform on New Horizons and the new mental health strategy
Co-directed, wrote and starred in a film about stigma with the VIK project
Helping to develop a peer mentoring scheme
Helped with policy and campaigns work on a wide scale of issues affecting young people
Featured in a DVD for frontline staff on assessing young people
Involved with the Royal College Of Psychiatrists assessing the curriculum of trainee psychiatrists
Facilitated meetings around the CYPIAPT project

InVent Health – Health Care Support Worker

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April 2011 – June 2012

Caring for children with complex physical needs in their homes. As a health care support worker i helped to support the clinical and day to day needs of young children with complex and severe physical health problems to help them stay with their families in the community.

I received full training in safeguarding, protection of vulnerable adults, basic life support training and first aid training for all ages and specific training around the conditions affecting the children in my care.

In the last package that i worked in i was also given introductory training in Makaton as the child i was caring for also had communication difficulties and helped train new members of staff.

The job required a high level of clinical competence, team working skills, self motivation as well as the ability to work within highly challenging situations.

 North Essex Partnership – Events and Communication Volunteer

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June 2010 – April 2012

As an events and communications volunteer for NEPFT I helped organise, promote and run events which has included a number of events around World Mental Health Day during 2010 and 2011.

Department of Health – NAC member

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January 2010 – March 2011

Part of the National Advisory Council’s reference group advising on mental health policy including the New Horizons strategy and “No health without mental health”. I attended regular meetings with senior staff and helped other service users to participate.

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