Dominique Zakkour

Dominique Zakkour

Dominique is an experienced Community Nurse Specialist with demonstrated history of working within the NHS, in school nursing and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services positions. She is skilled in Self-Harm, Mental Health in Schools teaching and Child Development and holds a Psychology degree from Roehampton University. Dominique works preventatively to build resilience and coping skills via a whole school approach across the school cluster. This involves delivering whole school assemblies, delivering training to school staff and parent workshops and workshops for young people.  Part of this training for staff includes essential training on self-harm for schools within the borough she works with and she is currently developing a 5-part parent/carer programme on help them support their teen’s self-harm.

Dominique will be one of our tutors for The School Mental Health Specialist (a new, masters’ level school employed mental health role which will start in September 2021) drawing on her expertise and experience from working with staff from schools, mental health specialists and other experts to ensure the course fits the need.  Whilst working as the Learning and Development Specialist for Minds Ahead she will also continue to be employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Self Harm at South West London & St Georges’ Mental Health NHS Trust.

She is very passionate about delivering Mental Health in Schools teaching with a special interest in Child Development.  Having previously worked in Lambeth for ten years, a diverse London borough, she has in depth knowledge of the significant health equalities that exist within BAME communities and the stigma around mental health within these groups. With this in mind, accessible mental health services and tailor-made interventions in schools are crucial and she is committed to tackling mental health challenges for those with protected characteristics and also those living in poverty.

When Dominique isn’t working, she is mum to two lovely children!