Jun 11, 2020
Elaine Browne is my guest this week. Elaine is a Peer Support Worker and Wellbeing Coach. Elaine set up Perspective, a peer led initiative to provide a difference in the way that we respond to mental health. Perspective provides support and wellbeing coaching to both adults and children on an individual and group basis through the centre and outside to schools and workplaces.
Elaine created the unique Tribe programme, a children’s coaching programme which teaches children wellbeing techniques, to promote positive mental health, healthy self-esteem and emotional awareness. It is a high energy and fun programme that helps see their full potential. This is a very precious programme for Elaine as she herself started struggling with anxiety around the age of 10 and sees the value in every young person learning to look after their mental health before it gets to crisis point.
By the time Elaine got to her early 20's, the acute mental distress and struggle was so painful that she attempted to take her own life but thankfully survived. After leaving the psychiatric unit, she commenced the journey of self-discovery and the work of inner healing.
Starting with a degree in Theology, Elaine likes to be always learning and expanding her knowledge. Perspective promotes self-compassion, responsibility and each programme is written and delivered with a psychosynthesis approach, that each individual strives towards a more authentic, truer verision of self. Perspective provides support locally and nationally through zoom and video calls. There are many plans for the future of Perspective and the evaluated process of peer support going forward.