Claire Henson

Founder and Director of Claire Henson Training


Hello and thank you for visiting my website. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to learn a little about me. 

When I was at school, I believed books could change the world (I still do!) After studying English to postgraduate level, I believed my career lay in librarianship and I worked in libraries for many years. However, I also ran several projects and planned many events and realised that this was something not only that I could do well, it was something that I loved to do. 

After several years of running voluntary events, I began the role of Equality and Diversity events co-ordinator in the Professional Development department at The University of Nottingham. From 2014-2017, I ran events covering a range of topics, working collaboratively with different communities to deliver an events programme showcasing a range of voices and experiences. 

In 2017, I experienced a significant relapse in my mental health condition and took time away to recover. It was during this recovery that I realised that I wanted to retrain in mental health training delivery and in February 2019, I began my training with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to become an instructor member and am now qualified to deliver their Adult and Youth MHFA programmes. I am also an associate tutor with the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Training (NSCPT) delivering Suicide First Aid Training.

I am currently working with Nottingham Forest Community Trust to deliver their mental health and wellbeing programme Tricky to Talk whilst also running my own independent training programmes, The Anxiety Map Programme and The Free Period Nottingham

I am passionate about the work that I do, both in a professional capacity, but also in my personal life, as I have experienced first hand the impact living with a mental health condition can have. I am always happy to talk about the programmes I deliver and about potential collaborative programmes, so please feel free to get in touch.

I believe that the world is better when we share our experiences. When we share our experiences, we can connect with others in ways we never thought possible.