Hi, my name is Jonny Ward (MBACP, PgDip, BA Hons). I have been a Firefighter/Crew Manager for 13 years and a qualified instructor (EAT) for 10 years. I am now a Mental Health First Aid England approved trainer.
After personal and professional experiences of mental ill health in the form of rescues involving those in crises and losses of friends to suicide, I am passionate about both reducing mental health stigma and delivering quality training.
I have in the past and, although much more controlled now, continue to struggled with my own battles involving mental ill health. Mostly in the form of anxiety, something I am honest and open about and I hope my experiences bring the training to life.
I find that if I am open and honest about my life experiences, it batters down any barriers people are holding up! The ability to be vulnerable is the key to reducing mental illness issues, to do that you need a work place where deep connection is the norm.
I have also worked to develop and build the well-being team within my Fire and Rescue Service, something I gained many experiences from.
I am a father, a husband, a line manager, a 999 responder and a mental health professional. I bring pragmatism, reality and honesty to my teaching. I do not bring false hope or ill informed practice.
Aside from my 999 work I am an active Clinical Psychotherapist. I have been trained to Post Graduate Level in Person Centered Therapy and I work within an agency and privately, offering therapy to adults who are suffering with mental distress and disorders.
The Person Centered Model translates well to the MHFA training as the courses are based around Person Centered Theory and involve developing the same listening skills.
I have been fully trained by MHFA England. The only recognised mental health first aid provider in the UK and worldwide. I am fully insured and my courses are carried out in a relaxed, safe and supportive manner.