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

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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.


Donna Burfield is a fully licensed, certified and accredited coach. She is the founder of Joy and Purpose Coaching, Coaches Supporting Coaches – Dubai and CSC Certified Coaches Group. Donna works with parents to prioritize their family's well-being, find their tribe, set clear boundaries, and enhance and strengthen their parenting skills by implementing easy, fun, and effective tools through awareness, action, responsibility, and accountability.

As well as her private coaching practice Donna is building a coaching community where coaches can come together to collaborate, inspire and support one another in their personal and professional development. Building an ethical and professional coaching business is one area in which Donna supports the community by connecting them with experts from legal, business licenses, and insurance and building their own websites. For more info about Donna or to book a call click on the link

Guest Coaches:

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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