Matthew Peppercorn

Matthew Peppercorn

Facilitator/Coach, Otago

Matthew Peppercorn is a mental health nurse of 25 years, musician, gardener and survivor of depression and anxiety. He uses his experience of supporting people to now promote the wellbeing of people at home and in the workplace. Often using examples from real life, people can quickly pick up core information and apply it to themselves and those around them. Over 3800 people in New Zealand have attended his sessions during the last 3 years.

He has previously worked closely as a contractor with the local community, government agencies, corporate businesses, NGOs, schools, Otago University and Otago Polytechnic.

Matthew has a sound grassroots awareness of wellbeing in the workplace. Applying an empathic eye and recognising stressors in life, he identifies early warning signs, triggers and creates firm routes of good self-maintenance and recovery.

He applies the Te Whare Tapa Whā model, Strengths Model and The Five Routes to Wellbeing, as industry standard ways to support self and organisation improvement.

He currently works for TASK Mental Wellness, WEKA (Wellness Empathy Kindness trust) and Stopping Violence Dunedin. Matthew also wrote and taught the Whanau Ora NZQA course at the Arai Te Uru Kokiri training centre.

Health and Safety NZ have recently added psychological wellbeing to an employer’s responsibilities and ACC have also recognised this employer need. Matthew has developed strategies to fulfill these obligations.

Matthew offers wellbeing workplace assessments as well as coaching and workshops in wellbeing in the workplace, de-escalation, mental health first aid, anxiety and depression management, pragmatic support for individuals experiencing mental distress which is affecting their work, relapse planning, and routes to personal wellbeing.

Qualifications and Accreditations 

  • Diploma in Intellectual Disability Nursing
  • Diploma in Care Co-ordination and Management in Intellectual Disability
  • Mental Health Nursing

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I really enjoyed Alison's coaching style - warm and connected but still challenging and accountability-driven. I have implemented tools and ideas discussed based on my profile tests. I have some techniques I can now utilise quickly and effectively when in workplace situations that might produce a strong emotional response, so that I can self-regulate at speed and communicate effectively.

Karin is a really fantastic coach. I really enjoyed her toolkit and ideas for moving me forward. She was able to challenge my thinking and it was good to get a second opinion on things. Loved the Strengths conversation and to have that lens in place to practically move forward in my leadership journey.

It went really well. I appreciated the empathy given. I really, really enjoyed Kathryn being able to read me so well, it was awesome to have that feedback about myself. I now do not have to go back and have a second discussion in order to rectify what I have agreed to that I didn't actually want to agree to in the first place!


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