Diffusion

We share our knowledge so that others can join us in supporting and promoting young people’s mental health.


We run a variety of training courses to give people the confidence, knowledge and skills to support young people’s mental health.

We draw on fifty years’ experience of supporting young people and a unique take on mental health to offer engaging, relevant and practical training.

All of the below training programmes can be tailored to your specific needs and delivered in your setting. Our flagship workshop “An introduction to young people’s mental health” is also offered throughout the year as an open course in our offices in Central Bristol.

  • An introduction to young people’s mental health
  • Real world resilience
  • CBT – A user’s guide
  • Working confidently with gender and sexuality
  • Mental health tools, tips and techniques
  • Working with race, culture, and difference in mental healthcare
  • Working with self harm and suicide

Please see below for further information about each of our training courses. We can also support you to establish our evidence based mental health projects in your organisation. These include Freedom, offering peer support for LGBTQ+ young people and Mind Aid for young people struggling with feelings related to stress, anxiety, low mood, or depression.

If none of the above quite meet your needs then we can create, design and deliver training bespoke to you. If you would like to explore how we can help you please contact Cat Taylor on cat@otrbristol.org.uk

An Introduction to Young People's Mental Health

Real world resilience

CBT - A user's guide

Working confidently with gender & sexuality

Mental health tools, tips and techniques

Working with race, culture, and difference in mental healthcare

Working with self-harm and suicide

Train the Trainer

Meet the Trainers

Henry Poultney | Team Leader (LGBTQ+)

Henry joined OTR in 2015 having spent time working in community development for Terrence Higgins Trust. An activist and passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, Henry has a degree in sociology and is also a member of the Independent Advisory Group for Avon & Somerset Police. He oversees all our work on gender and sexual diversity here at OTR.

E: henry@otrbristol.org.uk
P: 0808 808 9120 (option 1)

Charlotte Randomly | Team Leader (Health Promotion)

Charlotte joined OTR in 2008 as a Support Worker. She is trained in Brief Solution-Focused Therapy and is the brains behind Resilience Lab, having conceived the idea and designed the project back in 2013. Today, Charlotte oversees all our health promotion work with young people and leads the Lab’s ‘Train The Trainer’ initiative, providing practical guidance for fellow professionals across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

E: charlotte@otrbristol.org.uk
P: 0808 808 9120 (option 1)

Cat Taylor | Head of Diffusion

Cat joined OTR in 2014. She is a registered Occupational Therapist with training and skills in Positive Psychology and Brief Solution Focussed Therapy. Cat began her working life in the NHS, including in the adult mental health crisis team for Bristol. She is an experienced trainer and consultant in a wide variety of areas of mental health and has also developed a successful business focused on mental wellbeing, providing coaching and personal training among other services to her clients.

E: cat@otrbristol.org.uk
P: 0808 808 9120 (option 1)

John McGuirk | Team Leader (Therapies)

John joined OTR in 2010 and oversees our therapeutic service, which offers a wide range of 1:1 and group therapies to thousands of young people each year. John balances his time leading the service, delivering 1:1 and group therapy and facilitating mental health training. John is an accredited therapist and supervisor with post-grad CBT training.

E: john@otrbristol.org.uk
P: 0808 808 9120 (option 1)

Marie Hart | Team Leader (Schools & Outreach)

Marie joined OTR in 2014 and has experience working in and managing services for young people with eating disorders, young people in mental health crisis accessing A&E, and in schools and community settings. She now leads our schools and outreach team, who deliver a diverse range of therapies and preventative work for young people and professionals across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

E: marie@otrbristol.org.uk
P: 0808 808 9120 (option 1)