Learning for Health

Lisa Hodges

2018 Highly Commended

With few qualifications, very low confidence and in a job she hated, Lisa felt stuck with nowhere to go. Severe anxiety and panic attacks led to her staying in a mental health ward, however, being introduced to learning helped her recovery.

Following two months in the mental health unit Lisa was encouraged to access the Heads Up Project which provides support to people with mental ill health.

Reluctantly Lisa took part in a pottery class. She was terrified of being in a new place surrounded by strangers, but gradually she began to communicate with others and enjoy herself. Her confidence grew and she started to make friends and help them improve their skills.

Inspired by how learning made her feel and realising that she needed more skills to help people like her, she continued learning and achieved qualifications in mental health awareness, safeguarding, principals of dementia, first aid and more.

Lisa is now employed at Heads Up as a learning champion. She leads workshops and courses and promotes learning as a route to recovery and re-building confidence.

Lisa’s nominator Andrew said “Lisa’s life has been completely changed because of learning and now she is passionate about using her experience to inspire others.”

She said “I am amazed by the positive impact learning has had on my health. I am creating a valuable life where I am positive. Learning is a ‘win win’ opportunity for everyone.”