My name is Stacey Miller and I have 15 years professional experience in the field of substance misuse and mental health working in a range of settings and with a diverse client group. I also have personal experience myself and through friends and family members.
I started off my career whilst at university where I was studying BSc Honours Criminal Justice Studies with Psychology and worked voluntarily at the then called National Probation Service with adult offenders and also volunteering at a street services drop in centre for people with high risk drug taking behaviour. It was at the centre where I met a former substance misusing offender of whom I decided to draw on his life history in creating my dissertation project. I analysed the relationship between drugs, alcohol and crime and its pathways and received a first degree honours grade.
On completion of my degree I worked as a drugs and alcohol outreach worker in schools, colleges and youth centres. This job entailed much preventative work with young people and educating them on the consequences of drugs and alcohol and working with young people who had parents/carers who misused substances and tried to break the cycle of addiction. There was also an element of training for parents and professionals on signs and symptoms, where to signpost and brief intervention advice. This led on to creating awareness via campaigns and events on trends including the rise of new drugs, domestic violence and self harm.
I enjoyed my work with teenagers but wanted to gain experience with adults and stages of dependency. I worked at a Drug Intervention Programme as a Prolific and Priority Offender Co-ordinator which involved drug testing, group work, complimentary therapies, substitute prescribing and one to one work aiming to lead them to recovery.
From 2009 to 2016, I worked for Eastleigh Borough Council and coordinated the STAR (Start Tackling Alcohol Responsibly) project that educates people about the consequences of drinking too much and therefore reducing incidences of underage pregnancies, STDs, domestic violence, A & E rates, violent crime, drink driving, anti social behaviour, mental health disorders and physical health problems.
From 2009-2014 I was involved in the Wessex Alcohol Research Collaboration which is made up of a lay expert panel whom help shape and advise on the alcohol research agenda within a clinical, public health and government agency setting. I chaired the panel for 4 years and stood down in early 2014 to volunteer for Time to Change, England’s largest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. I am now a Time to Change Champion where it is my role to raise awareness by speaking about my stories and experiences and to also attend events to campaign against stigma and discrimination. In the beginning of 2015 I became a member of Rethink Mental Illness helping them cure the three biggest mental health problems – prejudice, ignorance and fear. I also became a member of the Solent NHS Trust playing an active role in helping to shape local services for the future. Lastly, in 2017 I started chairing the Health and Wellbeing forum for Winchester and Test Valley.
During my career I have gained an invaluable insight to the complexities of drugs and alcohol, crime, mental health and domestic violence issues. I have undertaken extensive training including achieving the Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards, mental health, sex and relationship education and safeguarding and child protection courses. I have also accomplished a level 3 award in education and training (formerly known as PTTLS) so not only do I know my stuff, but I am a great teacher!
I am highly motivated, hard working and very organised and look forward to the opportunities my enterprise brings. I am going to make it my mission to make a difference to this negative world we live in! Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can help you meet your organisations objectives. I look forward to hearing from you.