FOUNDERS

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KEVIN MOORE

BIG DOG As   a   former   mental   health   service   user,   Kevin   knows   how   depression   and anxiety   feel.   Having   experienced   severe   depression   in   the   mid-90s,   Kevin found   his   recovery   through   the   world   of   work,   thanks   to   being   sent   on   a “Training   for   Work”   course   in   1996   and,   shortly   afterwards,   being   offered   a place    on    the    training    team.    Since    then,    he    has    led    welfare    to    work organisations   in   an   innovative,   effective   and   inspiring   way.   This   culminated   in the   formation   of   Future   Path,   a   hugely   respected   provider   of   high   performing back-to-work programmes for those suffering from mental ill health.

WELCOME

TO BIG DOG LITTLE DOG We are a small consultancy team helping organisations to improve the way that they support people suffering from poor mental health. With a rich background in senior management and mental health services delivery, welfare to work operational expertise and top class public speaking/training skills, we’re working to de-stigmatise mental ill health and address the employment gap.
OUR STORY - WHEN TWO DOGS COLLIDE THE WORLD OF MENTAL HEALTH: OUR EXPERIENCE BDLD is a collaborative effort, uniting exceptional individuals for a common cause - to address the employment gap and workplace discrimination faced by those experiencing mental ill health. We are a core team of just two people, with a select few hand-picked associates that we can call on to add to our capacity and expertise. Each of these associates has a highly credible background in either mental health or employment support, and was chosen for their skills, knowledge, ethical values and passion. So why “Big Dog Little Dog”? Firstly, mental ill health has something of a canine pedigree, with the “black dog” often used as a metaphor for depression. In 1783, Samuel Johnson wrote: “When I rise my breakfast is solitary, the black dog waits to share it, from breakfast to dinner he continues barking, except that Dr. Brocklesby for a little keeps him at a distance”. But its strongest association is with Sir Winston Churchill, who it is now believed lived with bipolar disorder. In 1911, he wrote about a German doctor who had helped a friend’s wife with her depression: “I think this man might be useful to me – if my black dog returns. He seems quite away from me now – it is such a relief. All the colours come back into the picture”. So on one level, BDLD is so named as we look to take that big, black dog and shrink it down, get it on a leash and minimise its bark and bite. From a different angle, the BDLD metaphor represents our service offer - the “big dog” approach is a dynamic set of services aimed to grab the attention - from single presentations at conferences to the delivery of highly relevant, effective staff training such as Mental Health First Aid and Embedding Employment Support in Mental Health Recovery. These services operate best when highly visible and attention grabbing, just like a big dog. They aim to raise awareness around mental ill health, its links with unemployment, the stigma associated with mental health disorders and the widespread discrimination that exists in the workplace, and in society in general. The “little dog” service offer is built around quietly and calmly helping organisations to develop the way in which they operate, from advice on delivery models and service integration to the review, development and roll-out of quality systems and working practices. This includes areas such as embedding psycho-education in employment support, working with clinical services and ensuring that good practice is learnt from, shared and implemented. The little dog lets the big dog get all of the attention, always knowing that each is as effective as the other. Finally, the BDLD metaphor comes from the company’s two founders - men with many shared thoughts, values and passions but with a very obvious physical difference…..!
““Mental health… is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” -  Noam Shpancer

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BOB KITCHIN

LITTLE DOG Bob   has   30   years’   experience   of   working   in   the   mental   health   field   in   the voluntary   sector.   Starting   in   residential   rehabilitation   in   London,   Bob   moved to   work   in   Zimbabwe   in   the   1990s.   Returning   to   the   UK,   Bob   started   working at    Twining    Enterprise,    ultimately    becoming    the    Chief    Executive.    Bob    led Twining’s   development   to   become   an   organisation   that   now   supports   over 2,000    people    across    15    London    boroughs.    He    was    also    responsible    for leading    on    Twining’s    successful    application    to    become    an    IPS    Centre    of Excellence in 2016.

CONTACT

BOB KITCHIN

LITTLE DOG Bob   has   nearly   30   years’   experience   of   working   in the   mental   health   field   in   the   voluntary   sector. Starting    in    residential    rehabilitation    in    London, Bob    moved    to    work    in    Zimbabwe    in    1990s.      Returning   to   the   UK,   Bob   started   work   at   Twining, ultimately   becoming   the   Chief   Executive.   Bob   led Twining’s   development   to   one   that   now   supports over   2,000   people   across   15   London   boroughs. He   was   also   responsible   for   Twining   securing   “IPS Centre of Excellence” status in 2016.

KEVIN MOORE

BIG DOG As    a    former    mental    health    service    user,    Kevin knows   how   depression   and   anxiety   feel.   Having experienced    severe    depression    in    the    mid-90s, Kevin    found    his    recovery    through    the    world    of work,    thanks    to    being    sent    on    a    “Training    for Work”    course    in    1996    and,    shortly    afterwards, being   offered   a   place   on   the   training   team.   Since then,   he   has   led   welfare   to   work   organisations   in an    innovative,    effective    and    inspiring    way.    This culminated    in    the    formation    of    Future    Path,    a hugely    respected    provider    of    high    performing back-to-work    programmes    for    those    suffering from mental ill health.

WELCOME

TO BIG DOG LITTLE DOG We are a small consultancy team helping organisations to improve the way that they support people suffering from poor mental health. With a rich background in senior management and mental health services delivery, welfare to work operational expertise and top class public speaking/training skills, we’re working to de-stigmatise mental ill health and address the employment gap.
OUR STORY - WHEN TWO DOGS COLLIDE THE WORLD OF MENTAL HEALTH: OUR EXPERIENCE BDLD is a collaborative effort, uniting exceptional individuals for a common cause - to address the employment gap and workplace discrimination faced by those experiencing mental ill health. We are a core team of just two people, with a select few hand-picked associates that we can call on to add to our capacity and expertise. Each of these associates has a highly credible background in either mental health or employment support, and was chosen for their skills, knowledge, ethical values and passion. So why “Big Dog Little Dog”? Firstly, mental ill health has something of a canine pedigree, with the “black dog” often used as a metaphor for depression. In 1783, Samuel Johnson wrote: “When I rise my breakfast is solitary, the black dog waits to share it, from breakfast to dinner he continues barking, except that Dr. Brocklesby for a little keeps him at a distance”. But its strongest association is with Sir Winston Churchill, who it is now believed lived with bipolar disorder. In 1911, he wrote about a German doctor who had helped a friend’s wife with her depression: “I think this man might be useful to me – if my black dog returns. He seems quite away from me now – it is such a relief. All the colours come back into the picture”. So on one level, BDLD is so named as we look to take that big, black dog and shrink it down, get it on a leash and minimise its bark and bite. From a different angle, the BDLD metaphor represents our service offer - the “big dog” approach is a dynamic set of services aimed to grab the attention - from single presentations at conferences to the delivery of highly relevant, effective staff training such as Mental Health First Aid and Embedding Employment Support in Mental Health Recovery. These services operate best when highly visible and attention grabbing, just like a big dog. They aim to raise awareness around mental ill health, its links with unemployment, the stigma associated with mental health disorders and the widespread discrimination that exists in the workplace, and in society in general. The “little dog” service offer is built around quietly and calmly helping organisations to develop the way in which they operate, from advice on delivery models and service integration to the review, development and roll-out of quality systems and working practices. This includes areas such as embedding psycho-education in employment support, working with clinical services and ensuring that good practice is learnt from, shared and implemented. The little dog lets the big dog get all of the attention, always knowing that each is as effective as the other. Finally, the BDLD metaphor comes from the company’s two founders - men with many shared thoughts, values and passions but with a very obvious physical difference…..!
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““Mental health… is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” -  Noam Shpancer

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