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• We provide bespoke, challenging and highly effective mental health and a wide range of social care training. • We use blended learning approaches with the emphasis on challenging engaging exercises. • We also provide a fully bespoke course writing service as we firmly believe this is the only approach that truly works. • Unlike some other trainers (or programs) we do not offer beige, one size-fits-all training. • We can also evaluate existing courses. • Niche training informed by people who have direct lived experience of mental ill health is what we do, day in day out! We are 100% committed to using our lived experience, professional and accumulated knowledge to inform all our training & workshops. • Our voice your choice!


In our training courses we receive people from all kinds of different backgrounds, environments, and abilities. Corporate, charities, third sector, retail and lots more! As a result, our courses provide an inclusive environment where everybody’s needs are considered, but we also endeavour to provide individual care and attention to each and every person, making sure that everybody achieves their individual outcomes. We will challenge all stigma and myths around mental health and enable you to reflect and adopt a positive view of your own mental health and that of your employees & colleagues.


How many people can say they have "truly walked in another shoes"? We can and we do! Many of our trainers have been in very dark places at equally dark times, they have challenged services, stereotypes and discrimination in hospital,community and work based settings. We have engineered our own resilience and become healthier than ever before! We are ready to share how resilience is key to positive mental health.


I am Marc aged 47 an Expert through Experience – I have lived & shared experience of mental ill health I established EXE TRAINERS in 2014, born out of a need to give people with lived experience a chance to use their experience to become trainers, and help rebuild lives and improve overall life confidence. I have spent time in hospitals and community-based settings. I work in a person-centred way - It is a non-directive approach to being with another; that believes in the others potential and ability to make the right choices for him or her self. UNIQUE I believe my approach is unique and offers an insight that other training organisations can’t deliver the same. I have over 30 experience of working in social work, mental health, housing, community teams and much more I have been a social worker, manager, support worker, housing and homelessness officer and more I have been an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam university I taught nursing students about the “service user experience and centrality” co-production and connecting communities/capacity building I have been a research associate on several mental health-based research projects. I have dedicated my life to sharing my story, experience and skills to help people understand and manage their own and others mental health.


Mental health in the workplace Such figures highlight just how important addressing mental health conditions is to the welfare of the country. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, yet many people with anxiety, depression, and other mental conditions still don’t have the confidence to be open about it, and seek the required professional help. How employers can help More companies are realising that it in their interest to support employees with mental health conditions, and create an environment where people feel comfortable talking about such issues. After all, ‘presenteeism,’ whereby people continue to work despite their illness, and are less productive as a result, is estimated to be 1.5 times costlier than absenteeism. Those who take time off to address their mental health are more beneficial to the company, yet it’s estimated that two-thirds of cases go untreated. Companies who take a holistic approach to mental illness, and actively encourage their employees to be open and honest about it, will have a happier and more productive workforce.


In 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK and 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland. In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely. The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54). There has been a significant decrease in male suicide in the UK, and the male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years. The suicide rate in Scotland decreased between 2016 and 2017 – this appears to be driven by a decrease in the female suicide rate. Suicide in young men in Scotland increased for the third consecutive year in 2017. Suicide has also continued to fall in both males and females in the Republic of Ireland. Rates in the Republic of Ireland have fluctuated more than in the UK in recent years, but it is currently at its lowest since 1989.


It’s quite common for people to go through the ups and downs of life and to feel strong emotions. But for some people, the downs can be so intense and extreme that they think about taking their own life. So how do you figure out what’s within a ‘normal range’ and when you should be concerned? Research shows that there are some key suicide warning signs to be aware of. Warning signs are behavioural changes, thoughts or feelings that can provide 'clues' or 'red flags' about your young person’s risk of suicide. Some warning signs may be relatively easy to pick up, such as when a young person talks about death or says they want to die. Other signs are harder to spot – if a person is trying to hide their feelings and emotions from family or friends, you’ll need to watch out for changes in their behaviour. You’re really looking for dramatic changes in behaviour and mood over a relatively short period of time: 1.Watch for dramatic changes in behaviour 2.Monitor changes 3,Ask questions We have a course around suicide,causes,signs and how to look out for the signs. Contact us for details.


SUMMARY Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 (Reference: ONS) 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women - Health and Social Care Information Centre) Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women. Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men. MALE UNDER-DIAGNOSIS? While women are more likely to be diagnosed with common mental disorders, there are important indicators of widespread mental distress in men. The prevalence of psychotic illness is believed to be low, around 0.4% in the population as a whole, and is roughly equally distributed between men and women (Reference: K. Saddler and P. Bebbington (2009), ‘Psychosis’, in Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey) although the onset of some particular forms of psychosis seems to occur earlier in the lifespan in men (References: Journal of Psychiatry, D. Castle) One adult in six (17.0%) has a common mental disorder (e.g. depression, anxiety, phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder). One woman in five has CMD (20.7%) compared with about one man in eight (13.2%). (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014, Exective summary: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey) There is considerable debate about the true level of common mental health disorders in men and whether larger numbers of men than women may be undiagnosed. In a 2016 survey by Opinion Leader for the Men’s Health Forum, the majority of men said that they would take time off work to get medical help for physical symptoms such as blood in stools or urine, unexpected lumps or chest pain, yet fewer than one in five said they would do the same for anxiety (19%) or feeling low (15%). The Men’s Health Forum has argued that the following might provide a better picture of the state of men’s mental health than the number of clinical diagnoses: Over three quarters of people who kill themselves are men (Reference: ONS). Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction (Reference: ONS) 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men (Reference: University of York). 87% of rough sleepers are men (Reference: Crisis). Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women) (Reference: HSCIC). Men are three times as likely to report frequent drug use than women (4.2% and 1.4% respectively) and more than two thirds of drug-related deaths occur in men (Reference: Information Centre). Men make up 95% of the prison population (Reference: House of Commons Library). 72% of male prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders (Reference: Social Exclusion Unit). Men are nearly 50% more likely than women to be detained and treated compulsorily as psychiatric inpatients (Reference: Information Centre). Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community (References: R. Boreham and D. Pevalin). Men commit 86% of violent crime (and are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime) (Reference: ONS). Boys are around three times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than girls (Reference: Boys are performing less well than girls at all levels of education. In 2013 only 55.6% of boys achieved 5 or more grade A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics, compared to 65.7% of girls (Reference: Department for Education). The Men's Health Forum suggests that these statistics indicate that male emotional and psychological distress may sometimes emerge in ways that do not fit comfortably within conventional approaches to diagnosis. They also show that men may be more likely to lack some of the known precursors of good mental health, such as a positive engagement with education or the emotional support of friends and family. A picture begins to emerge of a potentially sizeable group of men who cope less well than they might: These men may fail to recognise or act on warning signs, and may be unable or unwilling to seek help from support services. At the further end of the spectrum they may rely on unwise, unsustainable self-management strategies that are damaging not only to themselves but also to those around them. Such a picture would broadly parallel what is already known about men’s poorer physical health. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR TRAINING we are in the process of developing a course and we welcome very much your ideas and input!


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