The SHE Show Thrash Out: Changing Lives… Overcoming Adversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 13th October 2021, 10:00am – 11:00am

What is The SHE Show Thrash Out all about?

As the name suggests, this will be a frank, honest and open discussion on Changing Lives.. Overcoming Adversity, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Ultimately, we want all attendees to takeaway new thought patterns, inspiration, motivation, hints and tips to take on board and share with colleagues.

Duncan Aspin, Director of HSEQS, VolkerStevin will facilitate the discussion, joined by the following conversationalists…

– Dr Helen Garr, The Wellbeing GP
– Matt Coleclough, Manchester Anxiety Help
– Stewart Hill 

(see short biographies below)


What will be discussed?

  • Minimise negative emotions … Negative emotions are normal and cannot be eliminated. We need to identify and rid our minds of corrosive negativity to allow our minds to grow and be creative. Acknowledge, accept, advance. 
  • Promote positivity …Creating positive emotions and experiences can generate an upward spiral of growth and these should also be intentional activities.
  • Recognising when you or your team may be struggling with their mental health
  • Learn about the most powerful legal performance enhancing drug we have and how to get it


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

Duncan has worked in construction for over 30 years both operationally on site and as a health and safety professional. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing successful behaviour change within organisations and champions embracing a positive, inclusive and solution focused culture.


Dr Helen Garr, The Wellbeing GP

Dr Helen Garr, AKA the Wellbeing GP, is an experienced GP, expert and leader in the field of mental health and wellbeing.

Helen is known for her energetic and interactive talks that leave her audience with practical takeaway tools to improve their health and wellbeing. She expertly delivers the science, evidence and solutions behind improving our mental health and wellbeing both at home and at work in a way that is fun, relatable and accessible to staff of all levels.

Helen is currently Medical Director Designate of NHS Practitioner Health – the largest health care professional mental health treatment service of its kind in the world, former Public Health England Clinical Champion for physical activity and has a background in psychology and coaching.  

You can be assured that Helen will inspire and motivate you to make positive changes to your wellbeing that really make a difference. 


Matt Coleclough, Manchester Anxiety Help

Matt’s passion and knowledge in mental health primarily comes from many years of mental torture in his teenage years/early twenties in the form of panic disorder and agoraphobia. Deeply empowered once recovered he helped set up a mental health charity to provide understanding to sufferers of anxiety disorders through a support group. The charity grew over the coming years and now provides six different weekly support groups covering a wide range of mental health disorders and also has its own Crisis Team with referrals from the NHS. In 2014, Matt qualified as a Psychotherapist and has since specialised in helping anxiety and depression sufferers through his private clinic. He began providing mental health training in the workplace in 2018 often providing training to existing Mental Health First Aiders and has been involved in many exciting projects both within and outside the workplace. Matt’s motto is ‘knowledge is power’ and he helps people improve their mental health by giving them a comprehensive understanding. He likes to use conventional tools such as biofeedback and neurofeedback to help people gain a deeper understanding.


Stewart Hill

Stewart is living proof of the brain’s ability to grow and of a person to flourish. Stewart faced many testing physical environments as a British Army officer, particularly in warfighting operations, all of which challenged his mindset and allowed him to become stronger and resilient. His life changed the moment shrapnel exploded into his brain, whilst on operations in Afghanistan in 2009. Medically discharged from the Army in 2012 after 3 years of rehabilitation it was an end to his 18 years of service, a life he loved. Nothing prepared him for dealing with the impact of his traumatic brain injury.

Stewart’s motivation and desire to succeed did not change but he had to significantly reduce his ambitions because his cognitive difficulties limited the type of work he could do and restricted his ability to hold down full time employment.

Stewart thought he was mentally tough but this broke when he could not deal with his brain impairments and the associated cognitive, behavioural and psychological repercussions.  He has spent the past decade on a journey of self discovery and found a joy for living through other means; art, theatre work, poetry, singing and participating in charitable causes. He has also been involved in several charity events, including completing the 1000-mile Walk of Britain expedition with three other British and two American wounded veterans.