‘We’re not here to fix mental health but allow people to live alongside it and to develop self-awareness’
Katie Matthews (29) is a “trauma-informed practitioner’, a global mental health and wellbeing trainer, speaker, mentor, and “Growth Mindset Educator”, with 12 years lived experience with mental illness.
She has used her experiences to develop her own business, The Mind Tribe UK, which was established in 2019 with the aim to “accelerate the world’s transition to happiness, fulfilment, kindness and mindfulness”.
Today The Mind Tribe UK facilitates mindfulness, growth mindset and resilience workshops for children, both as public courses and workshops in schools and nurseries.
Additionally, Katie runs training courses and workshops for parents, educators, charities, and businesses.
She is now in the process of gaining CPD Accreditation for her courses, developing a product range, writing a book, and developing a virtual learning library.
Throughout the pandemic her business saw incredible growth and expanded from delivering training and services to clients in Northern Ireland, to delivering to clients across the wider UK, Spain, Greece, Malta, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
Since launching the business she has delivered training to 5,000 people including those in Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, The Prince’s Trust, Staffline Ireland, Belfast Met and SRC.
She said: “While it sounds bad to say the pandemic was great for my business, it is the truth. The interest in what we do has grown and it’s been crazy busy.
“I’m delighted to win this award. It means everything, not because of the recognition both I and my business gets but it shows industry professionals that mental health is something that should be addressed.
“We’re not here to fix mental health but allow people to live alongside it and develop self-awareness.”