Rhys McDonald

Rhys McDonald

Facilitator - MH101® and Addiction101

I work as a registered drug and alcohol counsellor for a district health board, bringing with me clinical experience in working with people and families who are experiencing issues with the use of drugs and alcohol.

In addition, I have my own lived experience of addiction and recovery which enables me to bring a personal perspective to the workshops.

What I love most about the work is seeing people realise as the day progresses that they already have many of the skills needed to support both themselves and others experiencing mental distress.

I think it’s a privilege to be able to share my own journey in the workshop, which I hope helps in some way to reduce stigma and discrimination.

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