Director of Partnerships and Business, Mental Health First Aid UK
Caroline Hounsell was one of the first MHFA England Instructors to be trained and joined the national MHFA England training team in 2007, taking on the role as national Quality Assurance Lead in 2012. In 2015 she was appointed into a new role as MHFA England’s Director of Partnerships and Business.
During her time at MHFA England, Caroline has been involved with the design, content development and writing across a range of MHFA courses, including Youth MHFA, Armed Forces MHFA and Higher Education MHFA. Currently, Caroline is working with Student Minds to develop and pilot a training course for the Higher Education sector which is due to launch in late 2016. She is also developing an updated adult MHFA product, working with experts in the mental health field to ensure it reflects current thinking and practice.
With a previous background as a careers consultant and psychometric testing expert for schools across Europe and UK, Caroline has a clear understanding of how MHFA fits into the Youth market and is very informed around this subject area. She also has lived experience of being a young carer for a family member who had mental health issues.
As a British Association Counselling Psychotherapist (BACP) accredited psychotherapist, Caroline draws on the experience gained through her private practice to further develop her knowledge and skills as a mental health professional. Added to this, Caroline runs MHFA Instructor refresher workshops, is a regular speaker at conferences and is an all-round advocate of MHFA.