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Pull Up a Sandbag – Focusing on Men’s Well-being | E14

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3 Coaches 1 Topic will focus on Men’s Well-being. For these ‘Pull Up a Sandbag’ episodes I will be joined by Breakthrough Coach, Andy Shepherd (Shep) and Mental Health Advocate & Coach, Paul Smith.

Both Paul and Shep are passionate about supporting men with their well-being and have first-hand experience in overcoming extreme challenges. In this episode, we will learn more about their backgrounds, what brought them to coaching as a profession and why they are so dedicated to helping other men who are struggling with their mental health and well-being.

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Host: Donna Burfield

Donna is a licensed and accredited coach and the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Parents Standing Tall Community and CSC International Community. With 26 years of teaching experience and being a single mother to her daughter and twin sons, Donna is passionate about supporting working parents to prioritize their family's well-being, strengthen their parenting skills, and set boundaries using easy and effective tools. Donna also supports a coaching community to collaborate, inspire, and develop professionally. She connects coaches with experts to build ethical and professional coaching businesses, including legal, business licenses, insurance, and website building.


Andy Shepherd, Shep, to those who know him, is an experienced Breakthrough and Life coach with extensive military, commercial and well-being experience, following a career that has spanned some of the more challenging environments of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Shep has spent the past 25 years working within the corporate world with a focus on mental health, welfare, health & safety, security, and the environment – at all times overseeing and ensuring the well-being of the teams he worked with. Shep is also a Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) Practitioner and a TRiM Manager and has been trained by the world-renowned and respected Robert Simic of the Robert Simic Coaching Institute.

Prior to entering the corporate environment, Shep spent 14 years as a Medic in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in a variety of locations including, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Borneo, Norway, and Ecuador.

Paul Smith is the Managing Director of Coaching Minds which offers an online Learning Platform and is an Accredited Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). He has over 5 years of experience in contract management and a Masters Degree in Law. After his father was diagnosed with schizophrenia during his childhood and after overcoming his own depression, Paul became a passionate Mental Health Advocate, training people and organisations on Mental Health Awareness.

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