Annemarie Freude-Lagevardi


Annemarie delivers training for Mind Yourself including in Mental Health First Aid, suicide awareness and intervention and implementing the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.





Health and Wellbeing

Consultancy, Training, Coaching

  • BPS membership
  • Indeminity Insurance
  • DBS registered

Personal Details

My passion for mental health awareness, and ultimately my job choices stem from first hand experience of loved ones experiencing mental distress which motivated me to learn more about mental illness and to tackle the stigma surrounding it.

I am a freelance Health and Wellbeing Consultant, Quality Assurance Assessor (NCVO), Trainer, and Coach with an academic background in Health Psychology (MSc). I started out as a Research Fellow on family interventions (UCL, Mental Health Foundation), worked with children with autism as a lead behaviour therapist, and spent many years managing adult mental health services and supporting adults with severe and enduring mental health issues in the voluntary and statutory sectors. More recently, I have worked in a public health role focussing on health inequalities, behaviour change, community health and wellbeing. I currently work as an associate trainer for the national mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness and Mind.

With my interest in personal and strategic organisational development I am part of a co-production working party developing a toolbox for employers to increase wellbeing in the workplace. Members of this group include public health commissioners, Rethink, the Healthy Workplace Charter award team and people with lived experience of mental ill health.

As a freelance Health and Wellbeing professional and qualified trainer/teacher I deliver a range of mental health and suicide awareness courses, either bespoke or accredited courses, such as Adult and Youth/Schools Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses, ASIST and SafeTALK suicide prevention courses, as well as RSPH Level 1 and Level 2 healthy lifestyle courses, and some City and Guilds accredited health and safety courses.

Some relevant qualifications

MSc Health Psychology (UCL) ��� BSc Psychology (1st class Honours) • TQUK / PTLLS Teaching Qualification • City & Guilds Train the Trainer, management and counselling qualifications plus various CPD courses too numerous to mention.

Clients include

Arsenal Football Club | ASDA | A.T.Kearney London | BADA | BMA | BMJ | Camden Council | Competition & Markets Authority | Crossrail | West & Central London Clinical Commissioning Groups | Dalgarno Trust | EWEG | Hackney Council | Hestia | Housing Associations | Institute of Education | Islington Council | Kensington and Chelsea Council | Kensington & Chelsea Social Council | Manor Gardens Welfare Trust | London Preschool Alliance | Metropolitan Police | Mind | Mind Yourself | NHS | New Horizon Youth Centre | Rethink Mental Illness | Richmond Adult College | Royal College of Music | Shelter | Sudanese Nubian Association | The New Unity Church | The Venture Centre | Together | Turning Point | UCL | Victim Support | Warwickshire County Council | Wellcome Trust | Westway Trust | …and many community open courses.

Recent course feedback

“Annemarie was very knowledgeable and pitched it well to the group. Would recommend to anyone looking to learn about how people manage to live with mental health issues.” “The topic is complex but Annemarie’s knowledge and experience ensured that it was broken down into easy to understand segments. Thank you Annemarie.” – BMA Scotland 2017
“The training was incredible + very useful…Annemarie gave a varied group all the opportunity to express views. She has a mastery of the subject & ability to convey information.” – Warwickshire County Council 2017
“Superb instructor – excellent course & all-round delivery.” – Shelter 2017

Helen Gormley


Helen delivers training for Mind Yourself including Wellbeing workshops, Street Wisdom, and one-to-one professional coaching.

I bring over 25 years’ experience in education, psychology, learning, training and development in commercial and educational environments as a director, leader, teacher, project manager, trainer, researcher, facilitator, coach and consultant. I have diverse experience of strategic, operational management and change management within the public and private sector. I have a passion for facilitating effective working relationships and partnership working. These include for example working with strategic and delivery partners including further and higher education colleges, schools, businesses, local authority services and regional partners to address key strategic, business and delivery priorities through creative solutions and collaborative approaches.

I have worked with many organisations including: Awarding Organisations, Charities, SERCO, ACCA and the Department for Education, RSA and Local Authorities. My qualifications include: education, psychology, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy/hypnotherapy, growth mindset, energy psychology and NLP. I have substantial successful experience in the unlocking and development of human potential in a wide range of settings.

In addition to my consultancy work I have a successful practice in Dorset and London working with adults and children to move from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ using a fusion of techniques. Also working with organisations and individuals (in the UK and globally) with particular interests in conscious living, wellbeing, resilience and mental toughness for all ages.

My approach is to educate, explain, energise and empower clients to be happier and flourish in their lives working with adults and children. I offer a solution-focused, evidence-based approach bringing together the therapies mentioned as well as the latest research from neuroscience, growth mindset and positive psychology.

Example offering includes:

  • Facilitation of leadership development programmes – using action learning sets together with a variety of possible interventions including growth mindset, positive psychology and mindfulness.
  • Mentoring and coaching – one to one and in group settings (face to face and on line).
  • Delivering workshops and training – for example, supporting start-ups and experienced business owners – specialised input in terms of making a pitch, communication, public speaking and other key areas.
  • Networking – I have been developing networks for over 10 years eg. RSA London Mindfulness Network.

Some other core areas of work include:

  • Developing programmes wellbeing and resilience for individuals and organisations to move from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I/we can’.
  • Working with all ages with particular experience with young people and graduates. (aspiration, hope, self-esteem)
  • Growing citizens and intergenerational work

Fundraise for Mind Yourself

We welcome anything you can do to raise funds or raise our profile.

Cropped after run

Most recently the chair of Mind Yourself's Trustees, Brian MacKenna, (on right in picture) and his friend Mike ran the Edinburgh marathon in aid of Mind Yourself. They raised over £1,500!

Could you run a marathon for us, or just 5K? Or if that's not your thing what about hosting a tea party or a dancethon? Anything goes!

Running dedicated fundraising events is central to the continued success of our work. Get in touch if you'd like to know more about how to help us.  If you fancy undertaking any kind of challenge or organising an event in support of Mind Yourself, we’d be very grateful – and happy to help.We are registered with It's easy to set up your own fundraising page and link to us!

Contact us on 020 7697 4753 or email

If you would prefer, we welcome one off donations or monthly contributions to help fund our work


Door to Door

Some of our volunteers have been running story telling workshops and developed this wonderful website. The idea is that emigrants all have one story in common, closing a door in Ireland and arriving at one in London. Why not have a read of some of the powerful stories already contributed. If you would like to contribute your story you can do so online.Just follow this linkand check back for regular updates.


We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our volunteers. Whether running groups or organising events, accompanying people to medical appointments or helping with our newsletter mail-outs, volunteers are essential to our success – and our future. To us, the act of volunteering provides an invaluable community service – and, for those sharing their time, it can offer many mental and physical rewards.

If there is a skill you want to share with the Irish community we’ll find a space for it. If you have time on your hands and want to get involved but not sure in what way, we’re fairly confident we’ll find a task for you.

No skill is too strange or unique for us! We’ve had volunteers with expertise in assembling flat pack furniture; the patience to teach classes on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the good humour to hold laughter yoga classes.

If you would like to get involved and facilitate groups or accompany people to medical appointments, we ask that you participate in a half-day training programme and have a DBS [police check]. Our resident volunteer leader will then provide ongoing support for you while you volunteer with us.
If you would just like to provide administration support or organise events for us on an ad hoc basis, we will brief you in advance about the event or activity. You won’t need a DBS check to be involved in this way.

We provide training events throughout the year and often hold social “get togethers” where volunteers can meet each other and share their experiences. Our volunteer leader will keep you up to date about these gatherings.

What one of our volunteers said:

“I didn’t expect to be drawn to the city’s Irish community when I first moved here but somehow I found Mind Yourself. I was struggling with my transition from another city when I came across the website. I remember it being distinct from the others: refreshing and reassuring, two qualities which still resonate with me when I think of Mind Yourself.

I soon got involved as a volunteer and spent my formative London months involved in various aspects of Mind Yourself life – from the Fun Run to Share it Saturdays, outreach efforts to helping organise a series of community discussions.

I always felt supported by Mind Yourself staff but also received free training in group facilitation/active listening skills and later down the line on how to manage suicidal disclosures.

The highlights are many and volunteering at Mind Yourself has provided me with opportunities to gain skills, friendships and experience.

Volunteering has been rewarding and challenging on a personal level and I owe a lot of thanks to the staff for helping me to settle into London life, to explore my identity and values and in many ways to help me discover what it is I want to do with my professional life.”

If you would like more information regarding volunteering please contact us below.


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