Dr Helen Edwards, PhD. Writing Services, Speaking, Advocacy & School Visits
Advocacy, Speaking and School Visits
Do you need someone to speak at your next event or workshop? Want to inspire children and young people at your school, to read and write, or run a session about the environment, sustainable living, mental health, wellbeing and resilience? Perhaps you need a health/mental health consumer advocate for your project?
I am a very experienced speaker and have presented at many large and small events, over the past 20 years, both locally and internationally.
This includes diabetes and health events and workshops, scientific meetings, and community events. I have also acted as a consumer rep on various panels and working groups in diabetes and mental health.
I have a PhD in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.), a Certificate in Narrative Therapy, a Certificate in Diabetes Education, and a Certificate in Design. I have an extensive background, including mental health, diabetes, disability, social media, blogging, design and sustainability.
I have spoken at events such as the Australian Diabetes Congress, International Diabetes Federation Congress, diabetes, mental health and sustainability workshops; academic and scientific conferences; and community events and fairs such as the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network, Sustainable House Day, Pratically Green Festival, Gawler Sustainable Living Festival and the World Environment Fair.
Topics include sustainable living, managing eco-anxiety and climate grief, why your brain is the biggest part in going green, improving your mental health, and a range of topics related to diabetes, disability and living with chronic conditions. I am available for school visits where I can work with you on a suitable topic, which may include encouraging children and young people to be life-long readers and writers, talking about sustainability, mental health and more.
Please contact me below and I will be in touch.
Need Some Help With Words?
I can write words for anyone who wants to partner with me, but I love to work with small creative businesses, not-for-profits, educational institutions, health practices, and sustainable and green businesses. To really connect with your ideal audience, I have to be just as passionate about your business, as you are.
That is why you won't see me writing for a big oil company or fast furniture store, for example, but you will see me writing for an artist or maker, woodworker, counsellor or nutritionist, mum in her own business offering eco-cleaning, aromatherapy, making candles or crochet, a solar company, DIY business, garden store, sustainable architect and so on. I create stories that matter.
I have a unique blend of skills, qualifications and experience, that mean I understand audience, voice and marketing on the web. As an award-winning writer, photographer, artist and social media pioneer, with qualifications in design, health, communication, and a PhD in psychology, I can create perfect content that sings your songs, to the people you want to connect with. I understand people, behaviour, communication, google and social media. I also have a great eye and can write words with an emotional connection.
Years of Experience
I launched my first web-based counselling service and online forum, way back in 2001, before there was any social media! Since then, I have won numerous awards and been a finalist in the Australian of the Year awards for this work. I have worked with many different small and large organisations, on developing their social media and blog content.
A range of services are available, including partnering with you on writing content for my own blog, about your business, brand or product, also sharing across my social media community of over 130,000 people; and/or, writing blogs for your website; as well as writing freelance articles for digital and print magazines and other publications.
As a qualified stylist, I can also create photography to go alongside the words and offer style and shoot packages. I can use my own large range of props and/or work with your products. I also offer travel/location/nature photos and articles, and more.
If you want to take an adventure in words and pictures with me, just get in touch below.
Get in Contact With Me
Lovely Words From Lovely People
"We had the wonderful pleasure of working with Helen. Her fine eye for detail was a wonderful advantage for us. She gave great ideas for our campaign and our expectations were more than exceeded. We would not hesitate to work with her in the future. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for agreeing to work with Pigeon and Weasel. Ariane and Prue x" Pigeon and Weasel
"We really admire everything about Helen and her Sustainable Home Hub. Personally, it's such a great resource and go to website for all products sustainable, packed with interesting and useful information. As a business owner I really admire all the hard work and commitment that has gone into creating the Sustainable Home Hub and it all if offers to customers and small business like ours". Bronwyn Riedel Bauwerk
"Helen Edwards has a solid working knowledge at the coal face of small to medium businesses for social media challenges and opportunities. Hers is a unique voice that has worn many hats, and could be of help to your business. Social worker, educator, PhD and small business operator, she might be the right ingredients for your next consultant.
"Helen is an experienced blogger and social media expert, and a pleasure to work with. Helen's strong communication skills, down-to-earth approach, creativity and perseverance have been paramount in her successful approach to engaging audiences across multiple mediums. Helen's experience ranges from founding an online counselling service for people with diabetes to now focusing on her sustainable living and decorating business. Helen's successful approach to social media and blogging has seen her business grow and she continuously demonstrates a strong passion for health, wellbeing and sustainability. - Nicole Bassett, PROJECT MANAGER
"I have worked with Helen since 2004, initially in her capacity of CEO of Diabetes Counselling Online, then as higher degree research student, and then as consultant for Decision Support Analytics.
Throughout this time, I have seen Helen present a diverse range of Seminars, Workshops, Lectures and Talks. She is a very competent speaker, able to engage with the audience through personal stories, while placing emphasis on the content and providing essential information in a clear and natural manner.
I highly recommend her to you
Prof Timothy Skinner
Head of Psychological and Clinical Sciences
Charles Darwin University
"Helen Edwards is one of those women who seems to juggle more balls in the air then the rest of us could even consider, yet she humbly acknowledges that life isn’t all Insta-perfect all the time, thank goodness, there’s enough of that going around! Her passion for all things ethical, sustainable and handmade is unsurpassed and she works extremely hard to help us average folk make better choices, have access to often hard-to-find resources and brings joy and inspiration into our daily lives through her social media channels and emails. A seasoned thrifter and upcycler, Helen’s styling blends vintage pieces with one-off handmade and is fun-filled, yet considered and balanced; encouraging the viewer to feel that they can achieve something similar in their own home without having to resort to living on lentils for the next 6 months. Helen is incredibly generous in her knowledge and impeccably professional to work with; I cannot recommend this lady highly enough!" Sarah, @seasoulstudio
"Helen is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced blogger and social media manager who engages her audience in a professional, yet authentic and relatable manner. Helen has a special skill and passion for building a genuine connection with people". Kelly Wagner, KIDS YOGA
"Helen Edwards is an expert on social media strategy. She has been a consultant to Decision Support Analytics Pty Ltd to develop the social media strategy to promote an innovative course at one of Australia's leading research Universities. Helen's own sites attest to her ability in generating excellent results through social media. She founded and managed Australia's most influential online diabetes counselling service for which she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards. She has her own online business with over 140,000 followers, 82,000 on Facebook alone. I would recommend Helen for any social media development projects. Her advice is evidence-based and practical.
Dr Isabelle Skinner, Managing Director
Decision Support Analytics Pty Ltd.