About us

Get to know MindCareTraining

Meet Lou Larkum

Hi! I'm Louise Larkum, owner and director of Mindcare Training. I am an accredited Instructor Member, approved by MHFA England to deliver Adult MHFA courses, both in the classroom and online.

My previous career as a teacher enables me to deliver content in an interactive, engaging way; my passion and care for people enables me to bring enthusiasm to my facilitation of the MHFA England content.

MindCareTraining aligns with my core values of upholding the worth and value of each individual, and enabling people to build skills to promote positive mental health.

When the laptop shuts these core-values are still mine. I’m a mum of 4 young adults (ages between 14-22). I love doing life’s rollercoaster with them and my husband, even when it’s uncomfortable. I’m also a consistently slow runner – but I run! I love to be creative, walk by the river and I have a natural orientation to the sea or water wherever I go.

I love our differences, our skills, our journey.

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what we do

Empowerment, Connection, Prevention

Primarily, Mindcare Training is a vehicle for delivery of the accredited MHFA England courses.

Our wellbeing series compliments upskilling of your companies Mental Health First Aiders, or as a wider reach promotion of positive mental health skills. Build your bespoke package.

All our training can be delivered either in the classroom or online.

Core Values

To build our own, and help others build, positive mental health skills.
Uphold the worth and value of each individual person.
To be authentic in our approach and true to ourselves.
To help to build strong, supportive environments.

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Our delegates' feedback

Informative, compassionate and empathic

The course was amazing and very informative. Louise was very approachable, compassionate and empathic throughout the whole process. I enjoyed and looked forward to every session and will definitely recommend to colleagues, friends and family. Thank you Louise for such an amazing journey on this course.
/ Mental Health First Aid course

Online course was really engaging!

I did the course on line and it worked incredibly well. Louise was so engaging and kept us all involved well. It was a good mixture of lone working, working in break out groups, whole group discussion and lecture style.
/ Mental Health First Aid course

Intense course, but totally worthwhile

Great, albeit very intense, course. A lot of very helpful information, and a great manual along with an extremely engaging and enthusiastic instructor. Everyone should take this course, every office should facilitate an in-house support network for mental ill health.
/ Mental Health First Aid course

Brilliant online delivery with amazing study materials

Really enjoyed the course and the fact that I have still been able to do this during lockdown has been fantastic. The study materials are invaluable and I will be using them in the future. Louise was a fantastic tutor and the whole online transition was seamless. She facilitated the sessions well and breakout sessions really helped with the learning. I'll be recommending this course to my friends!
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Meet the squad

The Wellbeing Series Team

Lou Larkum

Founder & Director
Founder & director of MindCare Training, Lou heads up the Wellbeing Series. Lou has brought together a team of skilled facilitators to run different sessions in the wellbeing series. See the friendly faces below!

Ruth Hassard

Wellness Series Speaker
Qualified counsellor (PGDip) and a member of BACP (MBACP). Ruth splits her work between Private Practice and in Primary Care Mental Health for NHS Wales.

Claire Thiel

Wellness Series Speaker
Counsellor (BA, HND Level 5, BACP)

Nick Howes

Wellness Series Speaker
Managing Director, LMI UK, BSc, FCMI

Tim Bond

Wellness Series Speaker
Pastor, BA Theology, Professional caterer qualification.

Norman Beecher

Wellness Series Speaker
CADC, NCAC. Addictions counsellor and trainer. 20 years’ experience working with addictions and mental health and in the training and supervision of counsellors in the addictions field.

Stephen Hall

Wellness Series Speaker
Mediator, Leadership Coach, Strategy Consultant and Mentor. Director of Endesek.

Frances Akinde

Wellness Series Speaker
Frances Akinde is a former headteacher of a Secondary Special School (11-19) for learners with Autism and associated difficulties and a qualified SENCO. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in a variety of roles across primary, secondary, special/Alternative Provision and local authority, from Art/Design Technology teacher to an SLCN advisory teacher liaising with speech and language therapists across a local authority.

Silje Howes

Wellness Series Speaker
Speaker and facilitator, Leadership Management UK

Jo Ibott

Wellness Series Speaker
Executive Menopause Coach and CPD Accredited with the Kathryn Colas Academy.