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How HeadGym works explained in 1 minute

How HeadGym works explained in 1 minute

HeadGym have developed some highly effective techniques based on the science in this video

We use them to help people overcome depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia, anger management, weight problems, eating disorders, relationship issues, phobias and other difficulties.

If you would like to learn more contact us below and we will get back to you.

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HeadGym help people overcome depression, stress and anxiety

HeadGym help people overcome depression, stress and anxiety


We have a new video which shows how our techniques work and why they work so well especially with overcoming depression, stress and anxiety.

Using unique HeadGym techniques based upon the principles in this video we have helped clients with some of the most challenging mental health issues.

Get on your yellow brick road with HeadGym to find out more contact us below.

It’s not rocket science! its neuroscience! Watch the video and see for yourself.

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Become a HeadGym mentor

Become a HeadGym mentor


Become a HeadGym mentor

Neil Ordish

HeadGym FREE Training programme

Redditch summer 2015 

Learn the innovative techniques that have proven to be successful in  enabling individuals to make positive and lasting changes.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for people who have experience and or qualifications in mental health work, social work, mentoring, counselling, coaching, support work etc. The nature of the work and clients referred will require a level of skills prior to attending the course; delegates will be assessed prior, during and at the end of the course for suitability. Mentors will also require ongoing supervision and training to ensure personal well being and up to date skills, continual evaluation of suitability will also be a part of the supervisor’s role.

What is the timescale?

The course is a total 5 days over a 5 week period with tasks set between sessions it is fully interactive and involves scenarios that have occurred during the pilot study and current projects. A follow up 6th group session will take place 3 months into practical mentoring, a large part of the course involves role play and activity based learning.  Video is also used to review and evaluate performance.

What commitment is required?

The commitment is up to the mentor as long as it is regular from 1 hour per fortnight upwards.

Mentors will build a portfolio of results and experiences.

What is covered in the content?

 Guidelines and procedures

Mentoring & coaching the principles

Learning styles and status assessments

Mental health

Techniques & approaches

Creating changes the HeadGym techniques

Developing and nurturing

Ongoing support/ supervision

What is the desired outcome?

Successful candidates would be allocated a maximum of 8 clients who they would see on a fortnightly basis (4 appointments per week)

Mentors progress is monitored and the recognised (WEMWEB) well-being scale is used to measure progress with clients on a regular basis.

Have a go yourself with the interactive scale below:-

content provided by NHS Choices

If you are interested contact Neil at HeadGym

0121 364 4553


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HeadGym Face book offer 12.06.15

HeadGym Workshops Online

Not only am I starting to blog but I also now have a Facebook offer!

Following the great results and positive feedback from my  personal development courses I have decided to provide an online option, please take a look at the Client Testimonials  and consider giving this a go.

It is something new and exciting for me with potential to reach more people without them having to leave home or disturb any plans; this can be done anywhere and works on most devices.

The online workshops will run through Google Hangouts, which provides a great platform to interact and give some real input for all involved. As this is a new service, I am offering a special discount to £15.00 per session, there are 3 sessions in total, they last about an hour each.

We will look at some of the real life issues around stress, anxiety and depression. The workshops give an understanding of these issues and provide some innovative and proven techniques to deal with and overcome them. All the strategies are based on real life examples of past and present clients who have adopted these strategies and have gone on to make positive changes.

At the end of the workshops you will have the tools and techniques to make the changes and apply them to your everyday lives, take a look at our  Reviews  and Contact me  to book a place.


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Time to Change

I have been working with Unison local branch secretary Laney Walsh and Redditch Borough Councils Time to Change working group for a while now. Both Redditch and Bromsgrove have signed the pledge with a solid commitment to implement some very proactive and forward thinking strategies.

Bromsgrove council representatives holding the official pledge
Bromsgrove council representatives holding the official pledge
A little fun at the event!
A little fun at the event!

We have had drop in days at Bromsgrove and Redditch with some great support agencies attending incorporating fun into the days as well. My friend Fay from Yum Tum Club, did some healthy food options with the delicious and now famous kale crisps. Another friend Fiona, from innerspiritualjourney, did some holistic taster sessions with a healing crystal up for grabs in the prize draw.

Not only have we held these events but we are also taking the drop-ins out to council depots. We understand that not everybody can just pop in to the council buildings so we are going out to them. HeadGym are there to give people the option to talk if they want, ask questions or just join us for a coffee and cakes!

Fay from yum tum club getting a health check (physical and mental health are both as important as each other)
Fay from yum tum club getting a health check (physical and mental health are both as important as each other)
That’s me on the left, Laney on the right & somebody important in the middle!
That’s me on the left, Laney on the right & somebody important in the middle!

We did our first session last week at Bromsgrove depot; next we are doing a drop in day at Redditch council houses and Redditch depot the following day. Both Laney and I are determined to make sure that the pledge is a working pledge and that changes begin to happen in both attitudes and approach to mental health.

Updates on the “Time to change” activities will follow shortly.


To Blog or not to Blog?

An introduction to HeadGym

I have attempted to create blogs in the past but not on a regular basis and not with real full commitment, so today I start the blog campaign, oh and I need to start sharing more on Twitter and presence on Facebook too!

I want to start off by giving you a bit of background about me and HeadGym, for anyone who hasn’t been working with me before, or a bit more information for anyone who has.

HeadGym is just myself at the moment but with a number of great allies, supporters, organisations and influencers. I started the company around 4 years ago, mainly volunteering my services as a coach, mentor and trainer.

Very quickly I found myself working in the area of “Mental Health”, I think the main reason for this was and remains to be due to a lack of any real service structure or adequate funding.

I began putting on courses for people with low confidence, lack of self esteem, anxiety, depression and other so called “lower level mental health issues”. It appeared I had found a gap in the market and what a gap it was!

I worked intensely for the next four years developing a quality service along with Redditch Early Help, Bromford support, Mentor Link and GLOBAL HARMONY we even got in the papers! Redditch MHAG: Projects

This work taught me a huge amount; I have been so far out of my comfort zone, managed to survive and gain insight and an understanding into some of the issues people are dealing with. This experience has also helped me to develop some pretty effective ways of helping with these issues.

I now find myself working as a professional coach and trainer, supporting around 25 people at any one time and running training courses such as Personal Development and Mental Health Awareness. I also provide face to face and Skype appointments.

My point of difference is that I offer long term support, I am not providing counselling and I am progressive in my approach. I am also a consultant for well being at work and heavily involved in the “Time to Change Campaign” and Redditch Mental Health Action Group (Redditch MHAG). It’s really rewarding to hear some of the changes that people have been able to make with my help.

Neil Ordish
This is me speaking at an event raising awareness for the projects I run

So that’s a little background, there are plenty of things on the go and should be some good stories and experiences to tell.

My latest campaign is to get more coaches trained and help more people. I have a plan, I have a training schedule, I have support and people waiting for the training, I just need a little funding. Watch this space, it will happen!


Tom’s Story

I would like to share with you my encounter with a man who attended a 6 week HeadGym ‘Confidence Building & Goals Workshop’. The first day is always interesting; how many people will turn up to a confidence building course? Will anybody speak? If you have no confidence how do you get there in the first place? For the sake of this blog, I will call this particular man ‘Tom’.

Tom was a little overweight very shaky, sweaty and reluctant to speak. He was red in the face and generally giving off signs of being nervous and under confident. In the first session of a workshop, I do most of the talking and things begin to warm up a little. However, Tom was still quiet and I was not really sure if he was following what I was talking about.

The weeks passed and around about week 3 we start the ‘Goals Formula’; this also means I get a little more background. Tom is around 40, single, unemployed, overweight, on antidepressants and sleeping tablets. He told me he was bullied at school, bullied at work, lost his job and had a complete breakdown about 18 months previously.

We start on the goals and Tom wrote down ten, the main ones being:

  • get a job
  • lose weight
  • stop medication
  • Speak in front of people

We went through the formula together and off he went with a set of actions. On the final day of the course, Tom arrived in his usual quiet manner but at the end of the session he gave a presentation to the group. Tom felt he had let his sister down as he had been unable to do his speech at her wedding a few months ago. His presentation to the group (goal number four) showed great progress and was a real achievement as public speaking had been a real issue in the past. A few weeks past and we had a follow up meeting; Tom now had a part time job (goal number one). He was attending a weight loss group, had started to exercise and was losing weight (goal number two). He had also cut his medication by half (on his way to goal number three). Fantastic progress! So what now? I asked. “I want to go to college and get a full time job” he replied. We applied the goals formula again and off he went. I saw him again a few weeks later; he had been given a promotion, the company had agreed to fund a college course for him, he was medication free and had lost more weight.

Best of all for him he had spoken in front of a group at work and felt comfortable doing so. Amazing! So what now? I asked again. “I want to learn to drive!” A real leap by his own admission. I promised to search out a theory test book, so he could start to learn. I completely forgot about the book and when I remembered about 2 weeks later I gave him a call “I am so sorry, I forgot the book but I have it now” before I could finish he said “Guess what? I have my licence! I took a crash course and passed” I was blown away and congratulated him. “What are you going to do next?” I asked.

Anything is possible” he said. For me, Tom is a great example of somebody who turned things around and achieved his own personal goals. He had some real challenges to overcome and he had to push himself hard. I am confident he will continue to achieve and deal with any challenges that come his way.