Meaningful & Tangible Mental Health Tactics for
Michelle and Sergeant Lynette are on a mission to provide first responders with meaningful and tangible mental health tactics by offering the following interactive trainings.
Michelle E. Dickinson is a dedicated and passionate mental health change agent who is committed to shifting how mental health is related to and cared for within communities and workplaces. Deeply affected by mental illness as a young girl, Michelle understands how stigma prevents so many from getting the care they deserve. She cares deeply for those who serve and protect and is committed to supporting their wellbeing.
Sergeant Lynette Shaw has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement ranging from fugitive investigator to police sergeant. Having trained over 2,000 law enforcement professionals in the mental health space, she is a powerful and highly experienced mental health trainer with personal lived mental health experience.
I help forward-thinking organizations create safe and compassionate workplace cultures so they can improve engagement, retention, and productivity.
5 Steps to Cultivate a Culture of Compassion
1. Clear vision and Commitment of inclusion for invisible disabilities from the highest levels of leadership backed by organizational policies
2. Robust and easily accessible mental health support
3. Education & training of people leaders
4. Structured employee peer support community with lived experience
5. A culture that is ready for an employee sharing platform to share mental health experiences (pre-recorded vignettes, interactive panel discussions, public speaking story telling)
Educating & Empowering
Mental Health Wellness Fair
I reach and educate youth by helping them understand and proactively manage their emotional health and wellbeing through a school-wide interactive mental health wellness fair. This interactive learning experience teaches children proactive positive mental health and wellbeing practices that will leave them empowered and equipped to navigate stress and uncertainty. Through a peer to peer learning structure, student leaders are taught and understand core wellness concepts and tools and further shape and deliver the experience to their peers.
Caregiving, especially for loved ones with mental health challenges, creates unique demands on the caregiver. Too often, the health and wellbeing of caregivers gets overlooked. And the reality is that it becomes very difficult to care for others when one’s own needs are not being met.
Michelle is acutely aware of this as she grew up loving and caring for her own bipolar mother. After navigating the caregiver role and embarking on her own healing and self-discovery journey, Michelle emerged with an insatiable hunger to help reduce the suffering of other caregivers.
Michelle is a seasoned empowerment coach with lived experience and deep compassion and empathy for caregivers and those suffering from a mental illness. She understands the strong desire caregivers have to do the best they can for their loved one and the unique challenges and decisions caregivers are faced with daily. Her goal is to equip caregivers with knowledge, skills and empowerment tools to develop caregiving and ways to take care of their own personal needs and enrich their role as caregivers.
Michelle offers a customizable program with weekly coaching meetings of 45 minutes each. Sessions are held by phone or by Zoom/Skype. Each session focuses on unique client goals and navigating barriers leaving the client empowered and in action around those goals.
- Setting reasonable, realistic and attainable goals
- Developing effective coping skills
- Setting realistic boundaries
- Identifying areas in which they could use additional help
- Obtaining additional resources
- Affirming caregivers strengths and accomplishments
Note: It is important to understand that coaching is not psychotherapy – emotional healing is not the focus of coaching. Although coaching can be used concurrently with psychotherapeutic work, it is not used as a substitute for psychotherapy. Coaching concentrates primarily on the present and the future.
Contact me for your complementary session and for pricing for your customizable program.
I look forward to meeting you!
“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” – Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful