Dr A.J. Yates BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PhD is the founder and lead trainer for AJMH LIMITED. AJ has over ten years’ experience of teaching practical first aid, but is now specialising in delivering mental health first aid training.
Having completed his undergraduate studies in Phytotherapy at Middlesex University, AJ has gained two teaching qualifications (a Post Graduate Certificate in Education – post-compulsory education from Oxford Brookes University; and a Post Graduate Certificate of Special Study in Supporting Learning from the University of Westminster), an MSc in Medical Anthropology (investigating social and cultural aspects of health and illness) from Brunel University, and a PhD utilising qualitative research methods to investigate women’s lived experience of distress (and seeking help for distress) from the University of Westminster. Whilst completing his doctoral studies, AJ presented his findings at universities across the UK including the University of Westminster and UCL School of Pharmacy; he achieved the award for the best oral presentation at the 2014 CAMSTRAND conference at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, and has had abstracts published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. He is now writing for peer-reviewed journals to spread the findings of his research further afield.
AJ has spent almost his entire life volunteering for various charities. He spent over forty years as a volunteer for St John Ambulance, has been a trustee for the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, and was Chair for the Archway Herbal Clinic. AJ also helped to form the first College of Medicine Student Strategy Group, and was instrumental in organising their 2016 student conference: Mental Health: a 360° approach.
Having over ten years’ experience of teaching physical first aid, AJ is proud to be a Mental Health First Aid instructor, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, as he can combine his knowledge and passion for the subject with his teaching expertise and extensive research experience.
For the students’ health and safety, AJ is first aid trained and is DBS checked.