Rachel Byron

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

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Before joining WU Rachel worked for many years in the field of mental health and wellbeing, starting off in Primary Care Mental Health services, and then moving into community health development and Public Health Provider Services. She has worked across public, private and third sectors, and much of her work has been focused on reducing health inequalities, addressing the wider determinants of health, and on supporting people facing a range of complex challenges who might not be getting the help they need.

Rachel has a keen interest in creativity and wellbeing, and for several years was a National Advisor for Arts Council Wales. In 2012 she founded a social enterprise which uses creative methods to promote wellbeing and reduce social isolation, and provides training in working creatively with community groups.

Rachel loves being outdoors, and walking in the hills with her two enthusiastic spaniels. She is a keen reader, sporadic painter and enjoys travelling.