We are 
committed to promoting self directed care and comprehensive safety planning in mental health service provision.
                    The Selfmotiv8 Team

SelfMotiv8 is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee, registration number 7482794. Designs copyright kate e flores illustration 2013.

                   Annie Whelan


Specialist areas: Training, Assessment tools, Safety planning, Service design

Annie has always promoted the involvement and engagement of individuals with direct experience in any development of services.

She spent 20 years living in the USA where she worked initially in inner city Detroit with a street homeless service. In between giving birth to her children she worked as Director for a crisis women’ s service. Later after moving to Ohio she began working as Consumer Development Co-ordinator, a role designed to support the development of service user run enterprises in two counties . Working with The Group of Delaware County and the No Limits Group of Morrow County to develop ideas and achieve funding for many of their own service innovations. She credits these two groups and the individuals that made them up, with teaching her many of the values, beliefs and standards she still holds close.

In 2003 she moved back to England with her family and began managing and developing mental health advocacy services in a variety of settings: community, inpatient, forensic and prison and across three county areas. As well as writing and developing a specific Peer Advocacy programme, many people with direct experience of services were integrated into professional roles within the services.

In 2008 She moved into a national post developing ideas and modelling around person centred review and assessment. She also began to work on person centred safety planning, measures and models to both support positive risk taking and implement safer practise.


Annie has qualifications in training and assessing and is an approved Mental Health First Aid instructor, she has been involved in developing accredited training programmes in advocacy and brokerage. She has also

developed a number of person centred assessment tools for different organisations including the MHM Personal Progress Plan, mcch Lifeworx and the Signpost UK Lifeplan.

All of the professionals and consultants now involved in the organisation share a commitment to the development of stronger and healthier community based services and supports


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