Minds First is run by Kerry Munro, a registered mental health Occupational Therapist & accredited Mindfulness Teacher. Kerry’s own life experiences have given her a real passion to make a genuine difference and enhance people’s lives.
Kerry’s professional background in mental health, combined with her expertise and knowledge in teaching mindfulness, allows her to help individuals overcome a variety of emotional health and wellbeing difficulties, through mindfulness courses, groups, workshops and one-to-one mindfulness sessions.
My fascination with mental health began as many others’ do – by experiencing it myself. Suffering with episodes of depression and anxiety since my early teens, I gained first-hand experience of how powerful the human mind can be and it made me realise how important it was to me to find out more.
Cue my professional career! I got my first job in mental health over 12 years ago, as a healthcare assistant in an adult mental health hospital. This inspired me to complete a BSc in Occupational Therapy. I’ve since worked as an Occupational Therapist, in mental health services for the NHS.
As an OT, I was most interested in the Biopsychosocial model of health; a holistic approach to human behaviour and illness, which looks at the interconnections between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors. I have always been particularly passionate about early intervention; inspiring me to explore and research different methods that would help promote overall wellbeing and may prevent deterioration in mental health, for both the patients that I was working with as well as myself.
This is what led me down the path of Mindfulness. This practice has played a significant part in my on-going recovery and has completely reframed my outlook on both my myself, my health and life in general. Mindfulness isn’t just a formal practice or skill, it’s a way of living. It’s through Mindfulness that I have learnt that I am not my thoughts. In fact, often my thoughts couldn’t be further away from the truth. This has had a profound impact on my health, relationship with myself and over all wellbeing.
After several years of practicing and experiencing the benefits for myself, I decided to turn my passion for mindfulness into a career, by training to teach it to others. Interwoven with my professional background in mental health Occupational Therapy and my desire to use my own experiences to help others; Minds First was created.
Outside of my passion for mindfulness, I love yoga, chocolate (certified addict!), nature, travel, cycling, porridge, discovering new songs on Spotify, and most of all, surrounding myself with the people I love.
UK College of Mindfulness Meditation (UKCMM) – Accredited Mindfulness Teacher – BPS Approved (British Psychological Society)
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) – Registered Occupational Therapist (2012)
BSC – Occupational Therapy – Brunel University London (2012)
College of Occupational Therapists (COT) – Member of the College of Occupational Therapists
I am fully insured and have an enhanced DBS check (disclosure and barring service, formally CRB)