Team Mental Health was founded by three professionals who have worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, consultant forensic psychiatrist and an experienced headteacher who is the chief executive officer of a multi-academy trust.
As friends with significant collective experience of working with children, young people and adults experiencing mental health problems, we became acutely aware of how limitations in support for mental health and wellbeing could impact on the ability of a person to achieve their potential.
We realised that for real differences to be made, mental health training across our communities to prevent, detect, intervene early and stamp out stigma was essential.
We collaboratively reflected on our knowledge and experience and considered carefully how these could best be combined to develop accessible, meaningful and empowering guidance. The outcome was Team Mental Health!
Dr Libby Artingstall - Co-Founder & Director, Team Mental Health.
Following graduating from Liverpool University Medical School in 2005, Libby gained her Certificate in Completion of Training (CCT) in Forensic Psychiatry in 2014. Throughout her medical training and position as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Libby has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of different settings with this more recently being focused within secure hospitals and the prison system. Libby has maintained a longstanding interest in medical education and has obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Libby feels passionately about changing the way in which mental health problems are viewed and ultimately ensuring that wide ranges of professionals work together to ensure mental health and wellbeing across our communities. She strongly believes that through increasing the opportunity to identify mental disorder in its early stages, and thus provide appropriate intervention, the negative personal, social and economic outcomes which can be associated with mental health problems could be significantly reduced.
Mrs Karen Burns – Co-Founder & Director, Team Mental Health.
Karen Burns is an experienced Headteacher with a proven track record of school improvement. Following a successful Deputy Headship which involved the amalgamation of two schools, Karen moved onto the headship of a primary school which on her arrival was in the bottom ranking nationally for progress in English. Within 18 months it rose to the top 1% of the country for progress in all subjects, an achievement acknowledged and celebrated by David Laws (Minister for Schools in 2013) The school was selected as one of 10 schools in the UK to take part in an Ofsted ‘Best Practice’ survey and as a result their systems and structures featured in an Ofsted school improvement document highlighting best practice for school readiness. Karen has been called upon to attend school development meetings with the Minister for Education and the Chair of Ofsted and is currently working as a School Performance and Standards Officer in Tameside where she is also presently the Executive Principal of two primary academies and Chief Executive Officer of a Multi Academy Trust.
Karen has always held the belief that pupils’ positive emotional welfare is key to their academic success and during her time in senior leadership has been involved in three Ofsted inspections with each school receiving a grading of ‘outstanding’ for pupils’ emotional wellbeing and safety.