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About Us

Team Mental Health was founded by two medical doctors who specialised to become consultant psychiatrists and 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 the way we perceive and manage mental health could impact on the ability of a person to realise and achieve their potential.

We realised that for real differences to be made, expert led support to inform and empower the frontlines of our communities was essential.

We collaboratively reflected on our knowledge and experience and considered carefully how these could best be combined to develop an accessible, meaningful and empowering intervention. The outcome was Team Mental Health!

Dr Libby Artingstall - Co-Founder & Director, Team Mental Health

Libby is a medical doctor who specialised to become a consultant forensic psychiatrist. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has worked with children, young people and adults in a variety of different settings across communities.

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 positive mental health and wellbeing across our communities. She strongly believes that through increasing the opportunity to identify mental ill health 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. With this in mind, she has diverted her skillset from acute mental health services to tackle the problem more fundamentally and focus on supporting our communities thrive.

Dr Sile McDaid - Co-Founder & Director, Team Mental Health

Sile is a medical doctor who specialised to become a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Throughout her career, Sile has worked in the community and inpatient units providing care to hundreds of children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of mental disorders. Sile is driven to support communities move from a position of reactive, crisis intervention to a more proactive position where prevention, detection and early intervention are embraced. She feels passionately about working together across communities to ensure health and wellbeing today and into the future.

Mrs Karen Burns - Co-Founder, Team Mental Health

Karen was appointed to the post of Executive Principal for Inspire and Discovery Academies in April 2015 and subsequently took on the role of Chief Executive from January 2016. The Chief Executive role entails being ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions between the Trustees and Members ensuring that their vision and aims are realised.

Following a successful Deputy Headship involving the amalgamation of two schools in Stockport, Karen’s position before joining the Trust was as Headteacher of a Primary School in Ashton. During her time there the school sat in the top 1% of the country for progress and were also recognised as a setting of best practice in an Ofsted ‘School Readiness’ report. Since joining the Trust Karen has continued to support Tameside as a Schools Performance and Standards Officer and is Chair of Tameside’s School’s Forum. Karen also has an active role in all party parliamentary group discussions. She has been a guest speaker at several national conferences including the Optimus MAT Summit and the Daily Telegraph Education Festival and also facilitates NPQEL training.

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