Emily Kreyling – Founder
“We want to break down barriers, relieve stigma’s and empower people to understand their own mental health and wellbeing in order to lead a healthy and successful life.”
I am a mum to two happy, charming and fully energised boys and wife to my accomplished, supportive and caring husband. Prior to setting up B MINDFUL in 2017, I taught in two large FE colleges and have been working in Education for the past 18 years.
I have a particular interest in holistic approaches to mental health and wellbeing and I’m passionate about educating individuals so that they are able to develop new healthy behaviours and thought processes. Through the work we do, the aim is to break down barriers related to poor mental health and to provide open and honest platforms for individuals to grow and develop.
Growing up there were a few fundamental people in my life that had been affected by poor mental health. As a child and young adult, I always used to wonder what I could do to help, I remember feeling frustrated that these people weren’t taken seriously enough about their issues, stigmatised and judged and no real help was on offer to support them. It seemed that one size was supposed to fit all. Quite clearly during the years I was growing up, there was a disparity between how mental and physical health were viewed.
I have experienced anxiety throughout my life and at different stages it has been more prevalent than others; in particular when my mother was battling breast cancer. Unbeknown to me this manifested and continued to develop throughout the first few years after my mothers death. Due to the grief I was experiencing, this turned into a much bigger issue than I first thought which left me with crippling anxiety and depression. Through talking therapy and using practical holistic approaches to managing my wellbeing such as developing a greater understanding in psycho-education, fitness, nutrition, yoga and self help, I was able to push past this difficult period in my life.
Throughout my own life I have tried to ensure that I learn from what I had experienced (and what those close to me had experienced). I feel that society on the whole still has a long way to go, and that we all have a part to play. The ability to be empathetic, listen non judgementally and be able to encourage support, are skills we should embrace and develop. One of our natural and most basic instincts is to care for one another, we just need to be equipped with the skills to be able to identify when an individual is experiencing poor mental health and know what to do next.
At B MINDFUL we want to be able to give all individuals the autonomy to think about and understand their own and others mental health and wellbeing. It’s our goal to educate and support individuals so that they feel heard, understood and supported, this in turn should make for happier, healthier and more resilient communities.