Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant

I work in the programmes team at the Mental Health Foundation, delivering online education projects so that people are empowered to look after their mental health and the mental health of others.

Location United Kingdom


  • Louise I'm so glad that you had that little nudge to talk about these feelings together and that it helped! Connection is absolutely one of the most important parts of the best models for mental health recovery, keep it up!

  • Love this, and also this is a great example of how the people around a person can notice changes and encourage them to seek support with mental health, which they may not have done without this encouragement. Sounds like you are really doing the work, well done and all the best!

  • It's a shame when talented people are forced to leave important professions due to a lack of care for their own needs, but more power to you for setting that boundary!

  • Thank you so much for sharing and my sincerest condolences for the loss of your sister. I also really admire your growth mindset, you are absolutely right- there is always more to learn and room to grow!

  • Thanks for sharing, it's so great to see stories of success where the stigma is shifting!

  • Tracy, you may be interested in our free course re: supporting people with long-term conditions. See link if useful :)

  • We definitely don't have all the answers but I hope you can see that you're not alone with this struggle!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, really glad it has been helpful!

  • Very true, I think we should promote interdependence over independence!

  • What we mean by this is being able to cope with negative emotions, perhaps by having some well-known strategies you can use to calm yourself down such as exercising, reaching out to a friend or cooking a nutritious meal. They key is not to avoid negative emotions, but to work through them. I hope that helps!

  • Really great reflection. Sounds like you have a lot of good ideas and intentions already, and I would add that tact is very much a skill that can be learned, honed and developed so hopefully you will feel more confident with practise!

  • Jan this is a personal judgement on a participant from a case study which is clear breach of the ground rules you accepted upon enrolling. We will need to have this comment removed.

  • Thank you for your honesty. Your story goes to show that suicidal ideation and attempt can happen with young children and that they need to be supported and protected. It's great to hear that these thoughts and feelings are behind you now, but if you do find that you need someone to talk to, this course is not a forum that can provide that. Please see our...

  • Very true. It's a great idea for mothers and fathers to have their own separate support as well as being able to access support as a family.

  • Hi Zoe, that sounds like a good question. I suppose it's more of a yes/no question, and people experiencing distress often exhibit self-minimising behaviour so as not to make a fuss or be seen as a burden so are quite likely to just say no. It might be better to ask - what can I do to help? Again, this is really just a conversation starter. People experiencing...

  • These are all great ideas, sounds like you're very pro-active with this and it's much appreciated! I do tend to find that people assume that children need brain breaks more than adults, but we all do! Brain breaks help us to refocus and sustain our energy throughout the day- combining them with opportunities to connect and have fun is a win-win! :)

  • This is really interesting Louise, thanks for sharing. From an anecdotal point of view, I know people in that situation who have reported feeling discriminated against in similar circumstances. Essentially what they've said is that they know their own limitations, and wouldn't have put themselves forward for a job if they didn't think they could manage it. I...

  • It's definitely very tricky. I think your first response is good, it challenges the person to see things from a different perspective that they may not have considered and to see perhaps a flaw in their logic.

    The second response could be received as a personal attack, so I imagine it might be more helpful to simply let them know how it has landed for you...

  • Apologies for the lack of clarity, I can amend this now to make it crystal clear that all steps within the activity cover these issues. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Thank you for the feedback!

  • Exactly, we prefer this more fluid representation of mental health.

  • I'm so sorry for your loss Stacy. We definitely need to continue to work to reduce stigma and help people to speak up when in need.

  • Hi Akogwu, I believe that the certificate is available only for those who upgrade their memberships I'm afraid but I'm really glad the course has been helpful for you!

  • Exactly, I think the takeaway here is not to generalise and just look at individuals and their needs.

  • Thank you for sharing, and whilst there are so many legitimate frustrations it's also so important that we recognise and celebrate those places and practitioners who are getting it right as you have done here!

  • @CT I agree, people with different conditions won't have the same experience so differentiation and tailoring of services is important.

  • Yes, being proactive is important rather than waiting for people to ask for help (which can be really hard to do).

  • Love this! At the Mental Health Foundation this is very much our view on improving the mental health of the nation. Increasing access to therapies is part of what's needed, but every single person in society can make a difference and you don't have to be a mental health specialist to do so.

  • Fantastic, welcome Gemma!

  • These are all such beautiful ideas, thank you for sharing! Small gestures can make a big difference <3

  • Agreed - mental health needs are neither 'always met' or 'never met' by healthcare providers. It often varies on individual practices, departments and practitioners. Hopefully this course will help people at an individual level to be as sensitive and caring as possible.

  • I agree, I think the strength of these peer support groups is that everyone meets each other at the same level. There is no rescuer-victim dynamic, but a meeting of minds and genuine empathy and connection.

  • Absolutely! It reminds me of the saying... How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

  • Hi Amy, I have some concerns around the data protection of your former client here from what you have shared. The mention of attempted suicide without a trigger warning may also be distressing to some of our other learners. For both of these reasons, please may I ask you to re-read the code of conduct as stated in step 1.1 and remove this comment. Thank you!

  • @JanCantle Hi Jan, I would likewise like to extend my condolences for everything you have been through and continue to go through. It sounds like you could really use some support and unfortunately this is not a space where we can provide that. I would invite you to check out this page which may have some helpful signposting....

  • All good points, and ensuring that the mental health support available to people living with medically unexplained symptoms is absolutely a key area for investigation and improvement. A gentle reminder please to not comment on the particular cases of individuals in the interviews such as Rich.

  • Welcome Andrew, so pleased to see you here! :) I hope you get what you need from this course for yourself and your community!

  • Welcome, Karen!

  • Very true, although I would add that it's not only younger people who struggle with poor body image. We have an article on 'body image in later life' which you may find interesting! https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/research/body-image-how-we-think-and-feel-about-our-bodies/body-image-later-life

  • That's a great explanation, and I like the focus on the lack of connection and hopefulness/optimism for change that you've highlighted. This marries with the CHIME model of mental health recovery. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7344157/)

  • Thank you for sharing and I'm so sorry for your loss. It must be really difficult to make that choice on whether to disclose the nature of your father's death when you're asked, given that you want to be honest but also can't anticipate their reaction. I think you're right that public awareness of suicide is much better these days but there is still some way...

  • Thank you for sharing that Zoe, that's really valuable advice and probably a sign that many people wouldn't recognise.

  • Very true. There's a difference between attending a training event and learning from a training event. I think that's where the quality of the training and the level of engagement created makes a huge difference. If people can truly connect with the topic, it is likely to result in behaviour change.