Heidi is a peer researcher, trainer, consultant and activist who has worked in mental health since 2004 supporting diverse organisations and groups to explore, understand and better communicate regarding recovery, stigma, wellbeing and mental ill-health. Drawing on her background in communications, including podcasting and PR, she is passionate about making research and new approaches accessible and engaging to all.
A founding member of the Lived Experience Research Collective, she has been heavily involved in a number of national as well as community-based projects across Scotland alongside her work as a facilitator in tools such as WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning), SMHFA, ASIST and Living Life to The Full. Notable projects include partnership work with third sector and health and social care under the ‘Making Recovery Real in Moray’ scheme, leading a coproduction and participatory action research project in Moray culmination in establishing a locality-based social movement, co-creation of the See Me/ IRISS Community Toolkit and creating guidelines for story-sharing best practice with the Scottish Recovery Network.
As director of Moray Wellbeing Hub CIC and Moxie Media CIC, her current focus is in exploring how social enterprise and peer-leadership can improve outcomes for individuals, communities and support transformation of health and social care in Scotland.