Shelley Buckley

Programme Manager - Families Children and Young People

Shelley Buckley joined the Mental Health Foundation as a Programme Manager for Families Children and Young People in 2020. Shelley’s mission is to change cultural views and attitudes in relation to how we discuss mental health, influence wider systems in order to promote mental wellbeing and, raise awareness of the cultural issues which lead to stigma and disadvantage.

Shelley hails from northern Ireland graduating from Paisley University as Social worker in 1998 , after 16 years working in different community and statutory settings, she completed her Teaching Qualification in Further Education and whilst working at Ayrshire College. She achieved her Masters in Professional Studies: Tertiary Education from University of Dundee and gained her Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy whilst working as Lecturer in Social Work at UWS (2010-2015).

Shelley co-authored the SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards whilst working at the Good Shepherd Secure Care Centre which was awarded a Star Award for Innovation in Practice presented by John Swinney Education Minister 2018. Prior to joining MHF she has worked tirelessly with schools across Scotland, as a consultant, to embed mental health education within the wider curriculum.

Shelley is a keen open water swimmer and cyclist, and loves spending time with her family in Scotland and Ireland and enjoys long walks with her Irish Red Setter Autumn.