Hello, my name is Debs Teale

I am an independent consultant and facilitator in the field of mental health and associated services.

My journey into this area of work has been informed by many years working in the NHS, which led to attaining an MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion.  Most importantly, it is my personal experience of being unwell and navigating mental health services that drive my passion for change in this sector.

My approach

I can confidently and proudly state that I have made changes to medical disciplines that have reduced demands on public spending. Key to this approach is promoting, educating and facilitating awareness of what it's like to be in that system, as well as working on solutions for change and supporting creative approaches to recovery.

I found my own creativity by chance: I started drawing in December 2011 after reaching a crisis point in my mental health and being told that I would always be "ill, medicated and never work again" by a "professional" who was in charge of my care. I started painting soon after and now use art to free my mind and support my wellbeing. Having discovered a previously hidden talent, I can only now fully appreciate the true therapeutic power of creativity.

All of the above is underpinned by the following convictions:

Fully qualified Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) trainer/facilitator providing sessions across the Midlands and West Yorkshire and Humber region

KUF is co-developed, co-produced and co-delivered training that  focuses on working compassionately and effectively with people who identify as having complex emotional needs/personality difficulties/personality disorder.

KUF Courses available include:

Awareness/training sessions include :


Talks and Discussions

I am available for public speaking, engagements of various sizes, below is a range of topics I have given talks on previously.