Helping you to understand and manage mental health & neurodiversity

We deliver effective mental health and neurodiversity training to help you develop, flourish and thrive.

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Thrive was created with a single goal in mind – to treat you and your mental health with care and compassion, so you can go one step further than just surviving.


We want all members of society to Thrive, to grow mentally strong, and be able to manage all that life throws at them.


We want to break down the stigma and discrimination which is still associated with mental ill health and neurodivergence. Together we can make a difference and spread a positive message.

What we offer

  • Mental health & neurodiversity training, webinars and workshops.
  • The full suite of MHFA England Mental Health training via our Accredited Instructors.
  • Full corporate and bespoke training packages and gap analysis for mental health and neurodiversity at work.
  • Regular open courses and online workshops for individuals seeking to improve their awareness of mental health.
  • See a full list of our courses for 2023 here

Simon Nichols – Founder

What is mental health and why do we need it?

Mental health is the state of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

It affects how we think, feel, and behave. It is made up from our life experiences, our upbringing, and all the various challenges and problems we have faced in life. It’s essentially how we see and cope with the world around us.

Our mental resilience helps determine how we handle stress, how we relate and react to others, and how we make our life choices.

Mental health is crucial at every stage of our lives, from childhood through to adulthood. Adolescence in particular is a crucial time. For example, 75% of predisposed mental health conditions are developed under the age of 18.

If you have experienced mental health issues, then your thinking, your mood, and your behaviour will probably have been affected.

What factors contribute to mental health problems:

  • Biological aspects such as genetics or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences such as trauma, neglect and abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Why is maintaining mental strength important for us?

Good mental strength is so important to help deal with all that life throws at you. It allows you to manage your thoughts, and to regulate and control your emotions.

We have anywhere between 2000-3000 thoughts per hour – that’s just under a thought per second! On average nearly 95% of those are unconscious thoughts that are repeated daily. But what of the other 5% – how can we make sure they are good thoughts? Can we get mentally strong?

It’s surprisingly easy for negative thoughts just push their way in. But this is entirely natural, and is caused by hormones released into the brain which fuel our “flight or fight” responses to stressful situations. And sometimes we must battle to get our positive thoughts back on top. But with practice, this can be achieved.

Lots of people struggle with “all or nothing thinking”. But with time and skill, we can manage our reactions to these thoughts and learn to look beyond them. Or we can learn to focus again on a single positive thought to get us through the day.

With training, techniques, and a toolkit of experience at your disposal, developing mental strength will happen. You will start to see a positive impact on the way you live your life.

Why do we need mental health training?

We all have ways of building our mental strength based on life experiences. The state of our mental health naturally varies through time. 

But do we really understand mental health? And what’s the influence of neurodivergence on mental health?

Why do we have stress? What causes anxiety? What are the common traits of neurodivergence? 

In the field of mental health and neurodiversity, we have knowledge gained over time from various sources. But wouldn’t it be good to be up to date, to be certified? Wouldn’t it be great to gain new skills that will not only help you but will support the people around you?