Meet the Mental Strides Team
We’re a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience, which means mental health training can be tailored for you.
If you’re looking to enjoy the benefits of creating a mentally healthy workplace, such as attracting and keeping staff, getting the best out of your team, and creating a more positive and productive work environment, we’d love to help.
Engel Prendergast, Mental Health Consultant
Engel is an accredited Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK Instructor, and a Lifeline Crisis Supporter and Mentor.
Engel has more than 20 years of experience working with local governments, communities, and organisations to build their capacity in achieving common goals. Her extensive experience in training and facilitation ensures that she is able to provide an environment that fosters learning and ownership.
Engel is our Mental Health Consultant working with organisations and groups to build a culture that supports good mental health and has delivered training both locally and in India. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), Diploma of Counselling, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Engel is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Ayurveda.
Contact Engel to discuss training opportunities for your workplace.
Kylie O’Driscoll, Copywriter and Communications Consultant – Communication Strides
Bringing twenty-years of communications and public relations experience, Kylie works with us to meet our communications needs.
Kylie developed our website, creates content for and manages our Facebook and LinkedIn pages, develops our publications and promotional materials, and assists with business development. She also helped develop our branding when we first grew wings.
Mahaveer Singh Rathore, Cultural Advisor and Logistics Manager (India)
For more than 20 years Mahaveer has been working with International visitors to help them gain a greater understanding of the rich and varied Indian culture.
Mahaveer has a wide knowledge and love of the diversity of India and a passion to share this with others.
As our Culture Advisor, Mahaveer provides cultural support and manages logistics in India.
Catherine (Cathy) Darling, Community Support
Cathy is a Registered Nurse and an accredited Mental Health First Aider. With more than 30 years in the health industry, as a nurse and a community educator, Cathy has a deep understanding of mental health issues experienced in the community.
Cathy is our Community Support assisting in training delivery, providing emotional support for training participants. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing and is currently undertaking training in Healing Touch, through the Australian Foundation of Healing Touch in affiliation with Healing Beyond Borders.
Cliff Simpson, Grant Funding Consultant – Red Kamel Consulting
With a diverse career spanning environmental art, carpentry, youth work, vocational rehabilitation, and project development, and more than 30 years working within the community sector in Western Australia, Cliff is adept at engaging with community groups (e.g. service clubs, men’s sheds, seniors’ clubs, and sporting groups) to achieve positive funding results.
Cliff works closely with community groups in the co-design of their projects, clarifying goals, identifying funding sources, building capacity in groups, and translating the story of the group into a compelling, convincing grant application with an action plan.
If you require assistance with applications to fund your group’s activities, contact Cliff on 0408 502 895.
“Engel kept everyone engaged with the course and you could see how knowledgeable she is in the field of mental health”.
— Mental Health First Aid Course participant (anonymous course feedback), July 2021