Lorraine Hamilton (Head of Training)

I have been delivering training for the past 20 years and have a number of training qualifications, including a BA(hons) in Education and Training. I’ve worked at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind for 10 years, initially joining to manage a prison mentoring project with a team of volunteers. I am an accredited trainer for Mental Health First Aid England, delivering a number of the accredited adult and youth courses across business and education. I also deliver Safetalk suicide alertness training and lots of other mental health awareness courses. In the last four years I have worked closely with a variety of organisations to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing and this is something I am very proud of. Helping to tackle the stigma through training and making a difference to even one person makes it all worthwhile.

I love to get out into nature with my dog Daisy, particularly to the seaside. I love being by the sea. That’s definitely my happy place. I enjoy meeting up with friends for some nice food and lots of chat. I also enjoy reading to relax. In my spare time I am an active member of a local Rotary Club, helping to raise money for local charities. As part of this I help to organise the Humber Bridge Half Marathon. I like watching everyone cross the finish line but can’t see myself ever running it. More of a cheerleader I think.

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Yvonne Sharp (Trainer)

I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind as a trainer for Mindworks in 2017 teaching a variety of courses such as Mental Health Awareness, Managing Stress in the Workplace and Suicide Awareness plus many others. I have qualifications such as a BA(Hons) in Business Studies and a Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching. Training people gives me great satisfaction and it’s an opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

At the same time I also worked as a self-employed holistic therapist teaching meditation and mindfulness, providing massage and other techniques to support clients to reach a balance of both body and mind.

I now work full time for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind however I strive to bring this holistic approach element into my training when applicable as I have a strong interest in whole person wellbeing.

As well as Mindworks I also work in the Whole School Approach team delivering interventions and providing support to pupils, teachers and parents within secondary school education to develop a wellbeing culture, help develop resilience skills and give students the opportunity to understand how they can positively impact their own wellbeing.

When I’m not working I’ll usually be found with my 2 children and my husband hill walking, baton twirling or trying to figure out which button to press on the games controller (I invariably get the wrong one and become a button masher!).  When I get a moment of peace I’ll be meditating or have my head in a book.