Integrating mental health and wellbeing in social and economic empowerment projects

Creative Coach, Facilitator, Trainer, Writer & Producer

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Outis Company works with partners who are committed to integrating mental health and wellbeing as a core dimension of social and economic empowerment projects. Our work trains people in knowledge and understanding of mental health issues and what helps people to thrive, not just survive. We run training programs online and face to face.

Better Wellbeing Together

The Lady Fatemah Trust ​

Working for social empowerment of women in Iraq, Zanzibar, Pakistan and Gaza.
Maria is the Mental Health Lead for The Lady Fatemah Trust. We have a community mental health programme in Zanzibar in partnership with HIPZ (health Improvement Project Zanzibar ) and the Ministry of Health.
Under Maria's leadership, this project which has over 50 Community health Workers running mental health education sessions across the islands of Unguja & Pemba, reaching over 500 people a month.

National Trainer for MHFA England

Maria is a National Trainer for MHFA England CIC and co-designed the MHFA England product , Community Fit as a version of mental health first aid for low to middle income countries.

Spread your Wings
with Mimar Collective

This was a creativity and wellbeing drama project for young women aged 18-25 with mental health support needs, led by Maria Pattinson.

Maria’s combined skills as a theatre director as well as a qualified and experienced Systemic Constellations practitioner came together to create a space for individual expression and confidence building. Constellations is an embodied process through which what is invisible and often excluded from conscious awareness is brought to a place in which it can be safely approached and acknowledged, seeking to bring a better sense of balance to the individual.

The myth of Odysseus and the Cyclops has it that on his way back to Ithaca, the hero and his men ended up in the land of the Cyclopes – fierce, one-eyed giants. There, Odysseus was trapped in a cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus who ate two of the men the king of Ithaca was traveling with and was about to eat Odysseus himself. It is then, that Odysseus got Polyphemus drunk, told him that his name is “Nobody” and after that blinded the one-eyed giant. Later, when the other Cyclopes asked Polyphemus: “Who blinded you?”, he responded: “Nobody.” With no proper way of naming the man who injured him, Polyphemus was unable to find him and seek revenge.