Jude graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA Hons, subsequently picking up a teaching certificate and various psychology qualifications.
Having both worked in the mental health sector and experienced mental health issues herself, specialising in the field of Mental Health Training was a natural progression.
Jude’s approach to Mental Health Training is not only highly professional, but refreshingly down-to-earth and disarmingly honest.
“As a qualified Mental Health First Aid trainer I can use my passion for normalising conversations about mental health at work - yes, it’s ok to have that conversation however awkward or uncomfortable! The more we talk about it the more we realise we are are not alone with our mental health issues, that many others have been there too.
Alongside talking about mental health it is important to have other outlets to release stress and tension. I find using creativity as a tool to express emotions has a positive impact on my wellbeing, and in particular doodling is very high on my list.
My past mental health issues had a significant impact on my professional life, but I’m now all the stronger for it and able to identify with the mental health needs of those in the workplace.”
At Cognizant Training we believe in normalising conversations about mental health. We want to show how by talking about mental health more openly you are sending a signal to your teams that you are a company that cares.
Burnout has a heavy toll on workplaces, both productively and economically. Burnout is associated with increased rates of absenteeism and reduced productivity, not to mention the negative impact it has on individuals.
Psychologically resilient employees are better able to cope with stress, and less likely to suffer from ‘burnout’.
Resilience is associated with various positive states, including optimism, zest, curiosity, energy and openness to experience. These positive emotional states can expand activity, open up a range of possibilities, and increase the likelihood of more creative solutions from your team.
The average person has about 60,000 thoughts in a day. A simple creative act such as doodling can help focus the mind, and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body.
Time spent focusing on creativity can help distract from stress and provide an effective outlet for tension. Equally as important this process can spark ideas for positive change in the workplace.