We are a company based in the South West of England. We provide support to employers and employees in managing stress at the workplace, recognising the effects of mental ill health and ways of taking good care of emotional wellbeing.
The company was founded in 2013 by its present Managing Director, Magdalena Wood. Astra is the main training provider of Mental Health First Aid training in the South West. The company also provides a full range of mindfulness programmes and training in stress management. Whether you are a private employer, local authority, NHS organisation, health and social care provider, school, college, a third sector or a public sector organisation you can make substantial improvements with our help and innovative services.
We are based in Exeter in beautiful Devon. We provide health and wellbeing consultancy services across the South West of England: Cornwall, Devon, Torbay, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire as well as in other parts of the country.
Magdalena worked for several NHS organisations gaining regional and national experience in the healthcare sector, programme implementation and commissioning. She also worked for the University of Exeter and in the voluntary sector. After working as a programme manager for two Strategic Health Authorities, Magdalena set off freelance with a passion to create a business with a difference.
Setting up a company was a natural progression of a growing portfolio of satisfied clients. It was also a response to market need for a dynamic, effective company providing creative training solutions to the private, public and voluntary sector.
Our accredited MHFA Instructors come from different professional backgrounds but all have two things in common:
1. passion about working with people and talking about stress management so that they can improve their emotional wellbeing and feel better about themselves;
2. commitment to enhancing practical skills set around mental health and reducing stigma.
Astra’s MHFA Instructors have been accredited and approved as MHFA Instructors and attended the full 7-day training program, which is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health.
At Astra, we are positive about stress management and challenging stigma of mental health across different sectors and we have delivered training to a variety of public sector organisations and charities multiple, including: