Noel McDermott is a pioneering health and social care professional with over 25 years industry experience. Passionate about bringing high quality care and support to the vulnerable, Noel is an advocate of community care and the power of an at-home mental health care model that includes the affected individual, their family and in some instances their workplace.
Noel is well-known to the UK media and is regularly quoted as an expert. He writes and provides comment for the press including titles such as Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph, Closer, Spectator Health and Mental Health Today. Noel’s areas of expertise include mental health, addiction and recovery, trauma, social care, distance therapy, childcare, refugees, personal development and emotional health and wellbeing.
Noel’s career within the mental health industry started in 1996 when he undertook a post graduate qualification as a therapist, he has been licensed ever since. Noel is in long term recovery from alcoholism and addiction himself having suffered from PTSD, he has been clean for over 10 years. His own score for the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study rates very highly as Noel was exposed to most of these adverse childhood experiences.
Today, Noel runs a very successful psychotherapy and consultancy business. His companies provide concierge level health and social care plans which support clients and families struggling with problems including depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders and more. Many of these families have members in multiple countries and the company specialises in co-ordinating services internationally. Noel’s service is unique and discreet and with his team he takes care in sourcing and managing all the professionals a client may need to help them into a stable recovery, from psychiatrists and nutritionists to domestic staff and personal trainers.
Early in 2019, Noel launched Sober Help Ltd., a bespoke ethical service supporting individuals and providing long term community-based care for recovery from addictions.
Noel is also an expert on mental health in the workplace. Working alongside employers, Mental Health Works Ltd. offers wellbeing in the workplace advice and solutions for employers and creates care models for highly valued executives. He provides tools to keep staff healthy and access to professional support where required.
Noel is a firm believer in care plans for people with complex needs, these programs focus on providing treatment in clients’ homes and communities and evidence shows that outcomes can be greatly improved with the right support plan. Where possible, care plans are designed to prevent admission to hospital or into residential rehab facilities and, if admission is necessary, discharge and recovery is carefully planned to reduce the possibility of a relapse occurring.
In late 2019, Noel was appointed charity trustee for DrugFAM, which provides a lifeline to families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and those who have been bereaved by substance misuse. The charity recently received a special recognition award at the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards.
As a public speaker, thought leader and trainer, Noel provides opportunities for practicing health and social care professionals to develop their brands and become successful in the increasingly personalized health and social care markets. In London, he launched and hosted the inaugural Conversations on Suicide: Suicide Safe Summit. He is regularly invited to speak at conferences, runs workshops and is in the process of publishing a series of e-books.
Noel McDermott offers counselling, advice and support to individuals, couples, families and groups using tailored approaches drawing from diverse experience and training, including cognitive behavioural, psycho-dynamic, arts based and drama therapies.
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