International Facilitators

I recently completed the WRAP facilitator training. I live in Co Donegal, Ireland. I work work with Mental Health Ireland promoting positive mental health and delivering workshops to community groups and businesses about matters relating to managing our mental health. From my early 20’s I have experienced difficulty at times with anxiety and depression. Learning more about these and what I can do to manage my wellbeing has helped me to lead a fulfilling life. I am a qualified counsellor and have previously worked as an addiction counsellor in community and residential settings. I am married and have three sons.

I am a Peer Educator with Innovation Recovery Project promoting mental health wellness and resilience across the border regions of the North and South of Ireland. I have lived experience of both mental and physical challenges following a cancer diagnoses. It was through WRAP that I gained a deeper understanding of myself and this journey of self discovery has given me the courage and inspiration to pass that on to others. I am passionate about encouraging others to do the same in order to reach their full potential and to get well and stay well.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Laing House team and having had WRAP Facilitation Training through Self Help Connections. Having completed the Mental Health Recovery & Promotion program at NSCC, and being a huge advocate promoting wellness and recovery for those living with mental illness, Laing House and SHC is a natural fit. I am a very energetic and social individual who loves to network and meet new people in the community.

I am a social worker in Mental health Services for The Elderly Cavan (Ireland). As such I have trained in WRAP facilitation, not only for my own benefit, but for those who avail of our service. I look forward to being a part of developing WRAP and bringing it to the lives of the older generations and their carers.

Hi my name is Huma. I first did my WRAP as a young person at the age of 18. This was something that completely changed my life around as I had my years of unsuccessful interventions previously. This course helped me to learn about my self at my pace and piece myself together in my own way. I have now been delivering WRAP for 7 years, to young people.

Jenn Cusick

Jenn has been working in mental health for the last twenty years. During that time she has been a relentless force for innovation. She sees sparks—programs and projects with the potential to serve humanity in bright new ways—and tends to them until they catch fire, transforming their surroundings. Jenn transformed one of B.C.s first Peer Support Programs from a small and underutilized program to a robust service that is now extremely valued and supported by the larger mental health system.

My name is Jennifer Mc Donnell and I am an experienced Trainer and Facilitator of 20 years working with groups and individuals to become more included in society. I initially came to WRAP to use it as a tool to help and support people I work with. I really enjoyed the WRAP 1 program as I connected with the key concepts particularly personal responsibility and was able to use the tips and techniques to benefit my own life. After completing the WRAP Facilitator training, I developed my existing skills to support me in the work I do. I believe passionately in WRAP, that everyone can tap into it to support their wellness and make positive changes in their lives.

Jimeve O’Neill

Hello, I am a community development officer in west Cork. My training expands across psychological coaching, counseling and Pyschotherapy and social science. And now WRAP ! I fully enjoy and embrace the WRAP programme and love spreading the learning to as many people as possible so that they can live well and be empowered in a positive way.

Julie Ethier

Hi my name is Julie, I live in Newmarket, just north of Toronto. I grow up in St-Jerome, Québec. I am a Wrap Facilitator since 2014. I have a great deal of life experience and I am thankful that WRAP is now part of my life for ever.

Karen Elliott

Hi everyone, I’m Karen a peer educator. I developed my own WRAP plan in 2015. It’s a great self management tool. It has helped me a lot. Given me hope in my condition and in my recovery. It worked so now I’m a WRAP facilitator since 2017. I believe in WRAP and my passion burns bright. It has been my anchor through the storms and shining light back into the sunshine.

Karyn Haag

I am a social worker, BSW graduate from the University of Victoria in BC, and I am currently working in mental health in Halifax, NS. Through my education, I developed a passion for anti-oppressive, strength-based, and harm reduction practices, and am excited to begin working with these skills that fit so well with WRAP facilitating.

I work as a counselling co-ordinator and counsellor in a Family Resource Centre. I am mother to two adult children with enduring mental health difficulties. I have been involved with Cavan Monaghan Mental Health Services for many years and serve as Family Member on Cavan Monaghan Mental Health Team. I facilitate a weekly Wellness Group and I am a Tutor with University College Cork delivering their 1 year Level 6 Mental Health in the Community Course.

I trained as a mental health nurse and worked in various community settings as a Community Psychiatric Nurse mostly in London and Northern Ireland. I went back to University and completed a Bsc (Hons) 1.1 in Nursing Development (1989) and later an Msc in Community Health in Trinity College Dublin between (1993). I worked in Epidemiological research in Trinity and Dublin Hospitals for a number of years and also returned back to some clinical practice.

I was introduced to WRAP in 2018 when I began as a Peer Educator, with the CAWT Innovation Recovery Project. I absolutely love the concepts of WRAP and applying them to my daily life to maintain my own wellness, knowing what I'm like when I'm well, my Daily Maintenance Plan, and my Wellness Tool Box. Since attending the WRAP Facilitation Training and delivering WRAP courses it is so amazing to see people grow and develop using this self management tool.

I'm friendly, outgoing, quick witted, good at thinking on my feet, like to think outside the box, good at tuning into people's moods, like to encourage people to engage and interact and I love to learn.

I am a Law graduate with a passion for working with people and the community. I have experience working as a residential social worker and in community healthcare. I am a certified GirLife Facilitatorⓒ for the empowerment of girls and young women. I am also an advocate for Fitness, and in my spare time I can be found in a studio teaching dance and fitness classes or relaxing with a good book. My personal journey has given me a burning passion to use my experiences and victories to give others hope and empowerment. I have seen the miracle of WRAP in my own life.

Member of the Consumer/Survivor/ Mad/ X community in Toronto, Ontario Canada for over 20 years. I believe there is so much to life as a mad person that exists outside a pill. If you want to take a wellness journey, I am game for that. WRAP is a tool for wellness, it is also a tool for really living outside the clinical purview of human experience.

Miffy Hoad

Miffy Hoad is a development officer with Mental Health Ireland. Her background is in training & development with 20 years’ experience specialising in personal development, stress management and mindfulness. Her own lived experience of physical & mental health challenges inform her work. She is passionate about the empowerment of people through practices that promote wellbeing and foster resilience & hope. Miffy is a mother and grandmother, a lover of the natural world and all things existential.

Miranda Guitard

Hey there! My name is Miranda, and I am a Peer Support Worker in Woodstock, Ontario Canada. I use my journey to support my work, and to support others on their journey to recovery. I work tirelessly on building my peers up, and finding strength in our vulnerability. I am constantly reviewing and adding to my WRAP plan. I believe WRAP has changed my head space and helped me hold myself in unconditional high regard, as we all should!

Natalie Parsons

Natalie is passionate about her wellness and recovery, inspired by her journey as a survivor through trauma. She is dedicated to inspiring others; her open-minded and heartfelt approach in conversations create a safe place for sharing. For several years Natalie has enjoyed her work as a first voice speaker/volunteer, with the IWK Children's Hospital.

Enthusiastic WRAP facilitator from Dublin, Ireland. First discovered WRAP when trying to balance work, life, bills, socialising, hobbies and everyday stress. Have been using WRAP myself ever since! I'm working in the area of Mental Health and regularly see the positive impact WRAP has for people from all different backgrounds and ways of life.

Nicola Swales

My WRAP journey started in 2015 when I was introduced to it as a professional. Not only did I establish a wellbeing service for children and young people in England that continues to support 6 years later, I discovered a wellness strategy that translated my lifelong partnership with self-care and peer support. WRAP strategies continue me to be well, despite challenges through life i have faced as a child and adult.

I encountered Wrap a few years ago, but it was only recently that I found how incredibly helpful it can be to me and others. I volunteered for the training because I wanted to help people as I have been helped by finding my wellness toolbox. I look forward to delivering seminars and connecting with as many people as I can.

Siao Yen GOH

Hello from Malaysia! Specially for fellow peers in the South-east Asian region (elsewhere welcomed), I would love to facilitate for you in your recovery and resilience, by learning what WRAP 1 has to offer. I am a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner since 2014, put into practice my Masters in Educational Psychology research on Supported Education since 2009, and am an invited keynote speaker for 1st World Conference on Supported Education scheduled end 2020.

Hi, my name is Steven McBride and I live in Scotland. WRAP is fairly new to me, although after attending Seminar 1 and the Co-facilitators training I was fairly quickly able to identify concepts and strategies that I have been adopting throughout my life. I get great personal satisfaction in supporting others in any way I can and feel this contributes to my ongoing wellness.

Tina Duffy

I am a mental health nurse and also have lived experience of mental health challenges. I am currently employed as as a Recovery College Coordinator on a cross border mental health project in Ireland. I have extensive experience of delivering training and education as a Training Officer and Further Education Lecturer alongside working in recovery orientated mental health services. I have a real passion for recovery and wellness. WRAP is a very special program, I am delighted to be able to support individuals on their journey to recovery and self knowledge.

Tracey Mitchell is a settler in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 Territory, the homeland of the Cree and Métis peoples. Tracey works as a Peer Support Mentor with Saskatchewan Health Authority, where she mentors other peer supporters and supports the development of peer support programs throughout the province. Facilitating WRAP is one of Tracey’s favourite things to do. She is currently working on a WRAP scrapbook using art journaling techniques, one of her favourite wellness tools.

Tracy Gray

My name is Tracy Gray and I am a Lead Peer Educator working with Innovation Recovery Project. I deliver educational programmes to aid recovery and to build mental health resilience and well-being. I have a background in training and education and a Degree in Community Development. I have worked within the community and voluntary sector for 20 years designing and delivering community based projects. I was first introduced to WRAP in November 2018 and after completing my WRAP Level 1 course I have really integrated the WRAP concept and values into both my personal and professional life. WRAP empowered me to regain personal responsibility and to know that I am the expert in myself.

I am a "two hat", a person who has struggled to maintain my own mental health and wellness while working in mental health in variety of roles, including case manager, mental health educator, and CMHA program supervisor. I have used my own WRAP for over ten years.Becoming a certified WRAP Facilitator was one of my dreams. I lived in the US for most of my life, and I am comfortable with both countries' system of care.

I was first introduced to WRAP working with Western Trust Recovery College in 2014. I completed my own WRAP and feel I can now identify What I'm like when I'm Well, Things I need to do everyday to stay well and things I might need to do occasionally. I have a wellness toolbox which includes gardening, walking, learning new things and several more.

Yohanca is a PhD candidate and has been teaching in the area of mental health for several years. She is very friendly, professional and a good listener. She is passionate about teaching and facilitating workshops to support people to enhance their mental well-being.