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163: ClearMinds Education with Tana Macpherson-Smith

Tana Macpherson-Smith founded ClearMinds Education in 2015 to combat the rise in mental health issues in children and teenagers. She has created an educational programme, Monkey Wisdom, which draws on her skills as a teacher, coach, storyteller and therapist to help children and adults alike, to easily understand how and why children are developing emotional and mental health issues that can last a lifetime.

Monkey Wisdom teaches children and teenagers the power of their thoughts to hold them in pain and negativity and provides simple, highly effective tools to help them take control of their thinking, get a grip on their mind-monkeys and step out of their emotional issues and into bright futures.

Tana has worked as a teacher and senior leader in secondary schools, as a boarding school housemistress, school governor, marketing director and creator of life-changing events for young people. She is also a Child, Adolescent and Parent Coach; a Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) trainer; a Psy-Tap, EFT and NLP Practitioner.

Tana has herself experienced serious mental health illness. An unexpected breakdown in 2013 resulted in a six month spell in a London psychiatric hospital, ended her career as a teacher and led her to fulfilling what she now recognises as her true purpose: to prevent the development of emotional and mental health issues in children and thus reduce the impact of mental health illness on future adult generations.

Resources Mentioned

The Dalai Lama’s Cat

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