Hi, I'm Steve Carr, I am a highly experienced mental health and suicide first aid trainer dedicated to empowering individuals and organisations to recognise and respond to mental health crises. With over Eight years of experience in the field, combined with lived experience, I deeply understand the intricacies of mental health and suicide prevention. I am certified in several mental health and suicide first aid programs, including Mental Health First Aid and Suicide First Aid Training.
My approach centres on creating a safe and supportive environment where participants feel comfortable sharing their experiences and learning new skills. I've trained various groups, including healthcare professionals, educators, first responders, and community members. I'm passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health and suicide and empowering individuals to take action to support themselves and others.
In April 2016, I completed a challenge to walk from one end of Britain to the other after experiencing a mental health breakdown in the workplace and being given a mental health diagnosis of PTSD. Whilst I believe work was a contributing factor, it wasn’t the only factor. The challenge was an attempt to raise awareness for mental health and homelessness whilst being in recovery and homeless myself. While walking, I created Mindcanyon - Mental Health In Your Workplace on my mobile phone, a now award-winning mental health and suicide first aid training provider.
I did this to help reduce the stigma surrounding poor mental health and mental illness and demonstrate just how easy it was to lose everything and become homeless when we don’t ask for help. I walked and ran a total of 1000 miles over three months, documenting my journey via blogs, vlogs and a group I created on Facebook called “Mindcanyon”, with 11,000 members in its prime. I’ve worked hard since that walk to establish a legacy for my challenge. In 2022 I was awarded the pride of Swindon and won an award for mental health training service provider of the year for my continual work around mental health and suicide prevention.