the efa team…

The Emotional First Aid Team…

Stuart Gemmell, EFA Manager:

Stuart began his career in Social Work in the 1970’s switching later to Nursing and qualified as an RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse) in 1985. He later gained a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies. Stuart carried on studying and has a part MSc, a Cert Ed and is a qualified Group Therapist.

Stuart has an extensive background of working with young people and has worked almost exclusively within the youth mental health service since 1986.Currently Stuart is the Strategic Lead for Primary Mental Health Services for Southampton CAMHS which involves engaging with tier one workers, especially in the Education sector.
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Chris Broomfield, Parents’ EFA Coordinator:

I am a parent who after several years of living with a child who suffers from anxiety and depression felt like I was the only person in the world feeling the way I did, therefore I looked for courses and information that would help me help my child. After I came to terms with my feelings and understood a little more I decided I wanted to help other parents, I became involved with The Hampton Trust and was trained as a mentor and embarked on running several parent support groups all over the city for them on a voluntary basis, with their help my confidence grew and I attended as many courses as I could to increase my knowledge and understanding. In 2007 I became a Governor at a local secondary school which to date is still ongoing. I became involved with the school pastoral team and meet with parents on a one to one basis when required.

In 2009 I was asked if I would like to attend a course to help understand the first signs of emotional distress in young people and that was my first encounter with Emotional First Aid. In 2010 I trained to become a trainer in EFA young people and have delivered several courses for staff at Redbridge and in the wider community.

With my parenting support background, I felt privileged to be asked alongside other parents to help contextualize Emotional First Aid for Parents. Having run several parent support groups I could see the need for this course; how it could benefit so many people and in turn help families as a whole, which is really going back to the roots of how I got involved in parent support in the very beginning . I can say honestly I was not disappointed with the commitment and honesty shown by everyone when we set out on this task.



Jill Ross, EFA Administrator:

Jill has worked in the NHS since 2005. Jill joins the EFA Team after leaving a more clinical service (Musculoskeletal/ Physiotherapy) where she was highly skilled at providing a friendly and professional service to NHS Patients accessing the service.
Jill has a wealth of experience in both the private and public sector with a focus on customer service and producing documents for the public and senior colleagues alike. She brings a high level of professionalism to the team honed from her years of experience in the corporate sector and the MoD.
Jill is looking forward to building long lasting relationships with our EFA customers and is keen to take up the challenges the role may bring.

The Emotional First Aid Authors…

Emotional First Aid was initially concieved and co-written in 2008 by Stuart Gemmell, Dave Smith & Jacquie Kelly. While not core members of the EFA Team on a daily basis, both Dave & Jacquie continue to be involved in the ongoing revision and development of Emotional First Aid.


Dave Smith:
Dave Smith - efa authorDave originally qualified as an RMN (Registered Mental Health Nurse). Since then Dave has trained in Family Therapy, Systemic Practice and Group Therapy.

With a long background of working within CAMHS, Dave is an experienced Practitioner who has worked with both children and young people and brings a wealth of knowledge in both training and creative techniques.
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Jacquie Kelly:
jacquie kelly efa author
Jacquie is a Humanistic Integrative counsellor, accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a qualified supervisor. She has worked as a therapist with adolescents for over 20 years, in a range of different settings, including voluntary agencies, further and higher education, youth services and the NHS.

For the last 8 years, she has worked at Brookvale Youth Mental Health Service, a Tier 3 psychiatric clinic for young people aged 14-18 in Southampton.
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