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Grassroots people #8 – Mahess

We are a small team at Grassroots and we wanted to share with you the people and personalities behind the roles and share with you what the best things are about working for Grassroots and a few other choice questions. Next up in our series of team blogs is the first of our featured trainers – the amazingly accomplished Mahess.

Mahess, dressed informally, smiles at the camera.

Mahess Jeeawock  

Role at Grassroots:
Trainer for safeTalk,  Mental Health First Aid, ASIST and sometime volunteer for promoting work of Grassroots.

Best thing about being a suicide prevention trainer?
I have been a suicide prevention trainer for many years and has worked across many organisations and trained many people from different backgrounds including professionals. It is such a opportunity to reach out and connect with people enabling them to develop the skills to deal with a person with suicidal thoughts. While the topic is difficult and distressing many have commented about being empowered.

Which course gives you most enjoyment?
ASIST, it is a well structured, in-depth and skills based course enabling participants to get insight into their own beliefs and values about suicide and appreciate what a person with thoughts of suicide may be going through thus enabling them to keep safe. The course draws on trainers’ and participants’ humanity which is very empowering.

What I will take and keep from lockdown?
I have had opportunity to read an empowering book based on philosophy of mindfulness and I am trying to I incorporate it in some of my daily activities including being more kind to myself and others though I often fail.

What I will gladly leave in lockdown?
The anxiety about it all and distress about watching distressed people who had experienced Covid, also not being able to see my children.

How do you relax?
I try mediation not very successful, gardening, I love cooking and my allotment and fishing.

Favourite sandwich filling?
Tuna, mayonnaise, finely chopped chillies, coriander leaves, few finely chopped tomatoes or cucumber. It is best in a crunchy roll or good white bread slices. I use tinned tuna in water, squeeze the water out, and easily serve two. Try it – cheap and very tasty, why buy expensive sand?