Sajel Bellon is the Founder of Mind Armour™, an Occupational Stress and Trauma Specialist and BIG thinker! She specializes in the sciences of well-being, human connection, positive transformation and growth for individuals and organizations. As a professional educator, she has developed and delivered programs and talks around the globe for a variety of post-secondary institutions and organizations, educating and inspiring others about the benefits of “Co-Creating Cultures that foster Psychological Safety and Connection”, “The Permission to be Human” and “Whole Systems Thinking for Extraordinary Change”. In hopes of helping organizations and families re-define their approach to mental health and its stigma, she shares her expertise in cultivating the space and conditions for enhancing work-life experiences and relationships, leveraging the sciences of Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, Positive Organizational Development and other modalities. Sajel has created a series of programs, talks and workshops on topics from Personal & Occupational Well-Being, Human Connection, Resiliency, and Rising from Trauma & Stress. Her hope is to assist the First Responder community and services in creating the necessary systemic, sustainable changes to better support their mental wellness, while minimizing the incidence of Occupational Stress Injuries and loss of life to suicide.
Education and Professional Experience:
DOCTOR OF EDUCATION – Concentration in Leveraging Human Systems to Promote Mental Well-Being; CERTIFIED SHIFT POSITIVE 360 PROVIDER; CERTIFIED TRAUMA SERVICES SPECIALIST; ACTION-PACKED CBT ; ADVANCES IN THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA; APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY PRACTITIONER; SELF-COMPASSION AND EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE; SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF COACHING; APPLIED POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY COACH; APPLIED POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INTERVENTIONS; EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATING ADULTS; SUICIDE INTERVENTIONIST; FIRE SERVICES CAREER PREPARATION
Areas of Interest:
Her passion and research encompasses working with various organizations including the Emergency Services, on the topics of Resiliency, Post-Traumatic Growth and Mental Wellness. She offers services for individuals, teams and leaders to leverage their strengths and resources in meeting their increasing needs to address and promote mental wellness and prevent occupational stress injuries and trauma within their organizations, through individual and group sessions. She is a pioneer in creating links in integrating families and community partners to enhance support and healing for the promotion, prevention and recovery processes. This includes networking, educating and helping other mental health professionals and therapists, to gain a better understanding of the unique cultural elements of the Emergency Services. Her mentoring and collaborating with other mental health providers to enhance their services and deliverables to better suit the needs of the Emergency Services population will increase accessibility to better meet increasing demands. Her vision for an integrated mental health, education and systemic culture change has been proven to be innovative and designed to be systemically sustainable. Her value in working with the Emergency Services extends beyond her professional capacities. Her firsthand personal experience in being the spouse of a Professional Firefighter and extended family members belonging to Police and EMS, brings a high level of connection and understanding of the realities for the unique cultures. Her connection in dealing with the daily trials and joys of public service is well informed with the realities of the associated occupational stress injuries and post-traumatic stress injuries that can result from the consistent exposure to trauma. She shares her story along with strategies on how to navigate this journey successfully, keeping your most important relationships intact, moving towards a life of flourishing.