Meet our trainer

Antony Dowell is our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor. Here he tells us about his experience and why Imagine is a great choice for providing your MHFA training.

My name is Antony Dowell, and I've worked for Imagine Independence for almost 20 years.

As a charity, we work with a wide range of organisations to raise awareness around the stigma of mental health, with our main income coming from supporting individuals to transform their lives by valuing their role in society.

I am passionate about social inclusion, working to create a community where work, education, family and recreation play a vital part in good mental wellbeing. My goal is for everyone to have the skills to support their own mental health as well as those around them.

I am Imagine’s Campaigns and Partnerships Officer which includes delivering accredited mental health awareness training to schools, businesses and public sector organisations. Prior to this I was a manager with over 15 years front-line and service management and development experience.

In the three years that I've been an accredited MHFA instructor, I've trained over 1500 people in MHFA England courses to date – this includes HR managers, youth workers, teachers and supervisors.

I sit on the Merseyside Scouts Mental Health Co-ordinators' Steering Group and have done consultancy/secondments with Health & Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS) and NHS England Personal Health Budgets programme and piloted specialist Employment Support schemes for a number of local authorities.

Outside of work, I run a scout group, enjoy camping holidays and climbing mountains.

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To view Antony's profile on the MHFA England website and see his upcoming MHFA courses, please click here


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