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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.

Annie Whelan has been involved for many years with Seaview, a mental health and homeless charity on the south coast providing an open access wellbeing centre and rough sleeper outreach. She initially served as a trustee and then CEO and currently acts as Independent Adviser.

She has also been one of the independent members of the National Information Board since its inception in 2014.

Annie spent 20 years living in the USA, where she worked with a street homeless service in Detroit. She was the Director for a crisis women’s service, and supported the development and opening of service-user run enterprises in two counties in central Ohio. 

Upon returning to England in 2003, Annie managed mental health advocacy services in a variety of settings; community, inpatient, forensic and prison. As Development Lead for the Association of Mental Health Providers for several years, Annie led on their work with the Department of Health Strategic Partners Programme. 

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 Mental Health Matters 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


We are committed to promoting self directed care & comprehensive 
safety planning in mental health service provision.

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