Whole Life Mental Health Meanderings with Dr Helen Ross

Dr. Helen Ross, dyslexia expert and consultant, joined Dale this week in what they had planned to be a discussion on dyslexia and mental health. However, their conversation took an unexpected turn, leading them on a meandering path through various topics and reflections on life. They therefore decided to call the episode ‘Whole life mental health meanderings’.

During this lively discussion, Helen and Dale ended up reflecting on their lives which took them all over the place – from labels, Helen’s projects, and parental expectations to period pains and their own life journeys. The essence of their conversation centred around the idea that there is no one-size-fits-all template for life. They dove into the concept that imperfections and failures can lead to unexpected and sometimes even more fulfilling outcomes.

Dr. Helen Ross captured our meandering journey with this analogy;

“Sometimes you forget to put the eggs in your cake, and it doesn’t matter because you end up with slop, and it tastes good.”

While their discussion may have deviated from the original topic of dyslexia and mental health, the insights shared in this episode are valuable and relatable. Life is a complex journey, and it’s essential to find what works for us individually, even if it means veering off the expected path.

Dr Helen Ross

About Dr Helen Ross

Dr Helen Ross is a fully qualified special needs teacher and former SENCO, working as an independent educational research consultant, specialist assessor and SEND expert. Helen is a Trustee of the British Dyslexia Association, Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association and is on the board of the US, not-for profit National Coalition of Independent Scholars. She has consulted for the British Dyslexia Association, The Committee for Science and Technology (part of the UK Government), and Wiltshire Local Authority. She also works internationally with various third sector and commercial organisations with evaluation, consultancy and resource development. Helen’s research explores stakeholder experiences of SEND provision within the mainstream education sector, focussing on the empowerment of those supporting young people, to help them to take ownership of their own learning. She uses her findings from research to inform her own practice and to support other practitioner in their own work, through CPD webinars and live sessions.

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