Jessica McKoen & Associates

Delivering a wide range of mental health training

     Jenny Lewis

Jenny is a highly experienced trainer who has been part of the team for over six years.

Her vivid, compelling narrative of her journey into recovery, following a diagnosis of schizophrenia over 20 years ago, provides a major learning experience for participants on the mental health courses.


Jenny - the service user - was wonderful.  Social Worker    Mental Health Awareness Course

One of the most important parts of the training was the input from the service user, Jenny Lewis, about her experience of mental illness.  She was very touching, honest, professional and eloquent - NHS Trust Worker    Mental Health Awareness Course


Catherine El-Houdaigui    

Catherine is a very experienced service user trainer, who enriches her facilitation with her personal recovery journey in order to illustrate key training points for participants.

In 2007, Catherine  delivered a course called 'Changing Minds' a course which trains service users to become facilitators. 

She now provides training on the Approved Mental Health Professionals course. She is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and delivers this course from her own unique perspective as a service user.

Catherine has completed a Diploma in Health & Social care, the PTLLS course and delivers the Expert Patient Programme. She is currently working as a Health Trainer.

“Excellent, kind of her to share her history"
"Enjoyed personal experience"
"Facilitated interesting good group work, supported us through difficult course material"


Sarah Ruth

Sarah is a qualified teacher with 25 years experience who is also a Service User Recovery Trainer & Mental Health trainer for SLaM.  She shares her own experience of dealing with depression, anxiety and panic attacks to help people who use services with their personal recovery journey, and to help training participants understand the key issues which can affect mental health.

She is a self-motivated, confident Community Fitness instructor, Think Family facilitator, community walk leader and chair-based experience instructor for Older Adults in sheltered care homes.

Sarah has excellent and engaging presentation skills and in December 2010 she received a certificate for her 'Outstanding Contribution to the Service User Involvement in Training and Education team'. SLaM.