I am Lydia Stallard and I have ten years experience working in the mental health and wellbeing sector in the UK and New Zealand, and six years of formal academic training. I have worked in a range of settings including addictions rehabilitation, forensic and criminal justice, primary care, on ACC contracts, in general practice and private practice. I have worked with adults, teenagers, children and families.
Some of the roles I have held include addictions practitioner, youth practitioner, senior project manager, clinical lead and mental health programme lead. I have set up large government-funded mental health programmes in both London and New Zealand. I am an experienced trainer and facilitator, and am an accredited trainer in suicide intervention skills (ASIST). I have delivered trainings across the UK in this area, as well as other areas relating to mental health and wellbeing.
I have always cared about women and women’s wellbeing, and have received additional training to specialise in this area, including working with psychological trauma and family violence. I have advised on a National Commission in the UK as an expert regarding the impact of sexual and domestic violence on mental health. I have also held the position of ‘Women’s Lead’ in one of the largest mental wellbeing charities in the UK, creating specific services that were sensitive to women’s needs and mental health concerns.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (Massey University)
- Master of Science, Psychology (First Class Honours), Health Psychology (Massey University)
- BA, Psychology (University of Otago)