Following the completion of his PhD in 1993, which focussed on peripheral nerve injury, Neil has worked in the field of medical education and communication. He has worked in various medical and healthcare fields and stimulated a number of healthcare initiatives. For the last 10 years, his work has taken him into the field of neurosciences and rehabilitation. Neil was instrumental in establishing the Primary Care Neurology Society in 2004 and continues to drive the organisation forward. In 2006 he was invited to manage and run the Community Therapists Network (previously the Community Rehabilitation Teams Network). His work with the CTN has involved worked closely with Professor Pam Enderby to support training on the Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) tool.
Then in 2015, after a period of disturbing neurological symptoms, Neil was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which thankfully, following urgent brain surgery, was found to be relatively benign. Using his personal experience, and life-long interest in quality of life, Neil has recently turned his attention to finding ways to support people’s mental health, especially if they are learning to cope with a traumatic life event.
Why do some people manage to lift themselves out of a depressed mood without too much support, whereas others really struggle? This seminar offers some thoughts on this and relating issues, offering some practical tips on managing a person’s mental health, especially after a traumatic life event, using the concept of mental fitness and personal experience.
''Mental Fitness'' has been defined as "the modifiable capacity to utilise resources and skills to flexibly adapt to challenges or advantages, enabling thriving". Come and hear about a more prevention-based approach to supporting peoples’ mental health. which follows 4 guiding principles of mental fitness:
• Fitness is a positive term without connotations of illness implied by mental health or mental illness
• Mental fitness can be understood by the wider community in a similar way to physical fitness
• Mental fitness is potentially measurable
• Mental fitness can be improved in a similar way to physical fitness