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Liz Rotherham Shortlisted for Inspirational Woman of the Year Award
The Daily Mail recognizes women making the world a better place
Five finalists for this year’s Daily Mail Inspirational Woman Awards, left to right: Eileen Chubb, Lorraine Jones, Liz Rotherham, Victoria Azubuik, and Lisa Wells.
Recently, five inspiring women were selected as finalists for the Daily Mail’s 2019 Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards as a result of their bravery, compassion and determination to make the world a better place.
Liz Rotherham from GC’s Witham office was one of five finalists shortlisted by the judging panel out of hundreds women that were nominated for making a real difference to their community., “For Liz to be selected as a national finalist is a truly remarkable achievement and a huge testament to her personal commitment to help people affected by mental health issues,” Roy Maddison, Managing Director of CSS, commented. “Having lunch with the Duchess of Cornwall and trying to ‘high-five’ her is also a remarkable achievement. This just demonstrates Liz’s no-nonsense and action-orientated approach. Her commitment to mental health education and support is fantastic, from counselling a frightened person suffering a psychotic episode, to speaking to children about her experiences and the importance of not suffering in silence. Liz has taken a personal challenge and converted it into an extremely powerful educational and support tool for vulnerable individuals. We are very proud to have Liz on the team.”
The winner was announced on March 7, at a gala evening in support of Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity focussed upon improving the mental health of children and young people. The nominees included Eileen Chubb, Lorraine Jones, Victoria Azubuike, Lisa Wells and Liz. Eileen launched the charity “Compassion in Care,” which offers support to whistle-blowers and relatives concerned about the conditions in care homes. Victoria used a grant from a local charity to organize an event at her local youth club, where five successful women spoke to attendees about widening their horizons and their ability to succeed, irrespective of their background. Lorraine, who won the award, took over her son’s boxing club, “Dwaynamics,” on Brixton’s Angell Town Estate after he was fatally stabbed while trying to stop a knife fight. Lorraine has helped to create a community hub and keep teenagers off the streets and out of trouble. Lisa was diagnosed with terminal cancer in December 2017 and has raised more than £90,000 for her local hospice and created a book to help other parents discuss death with their children. Liz was nominated for her extraordinary efforts in campaigning to help others understand mental health.
Liz, who was diagnosed with bipolar in 2003, has demonstrated an overwhelming desire and determination to use her experiences to help others by campaigning for a better understanding of mental health. For example, she has created a website to raise mental health awareness. The website serves as a platform for sharing stories and offering advice to those in need. Liz said, “The website is a place where I can share my story to help fight the stigma that is still very much attached to mental health disorders.”
Liz is writing a book about her experiences to educate and offer support and guidance to others. Part of the proceeds from the book will be given to the Young Minds charity. Additionally, Liz gives talks to schools, employment forums, police and NHS staff, explaining how her condition has affected her family, relationships, work and other aspects of her life. Liz explained the positive impact of her talks: “I am often thanked for sharing my story and having the courage to speak out. Particularly in schools, the feedback has been overwhelming. For example, teenagers have approached me to thank me and express how the talk has helped them to feel less alone when they are going through a tough time or have a parent that suffers with a similar condition.”
Liz is also co-chair of the GC EMBRACE EMEA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Disability resource group. The group’s aim is to promote mental health and wellbeing and to raise awareness about disabilities. The group has emphasized the importance of breaking down the stigmas surrounding mental health and highlights how support, wellbeing initiatives and raising awareness can help recovery. Liz will also soon become qualified to instruct Mental Health First Aid training, which will mean that she can train GC colleagues to be Mental Health First Aiders. “I believe vehemently that the more we all understand mental illness, the better we can help each other,” Liz noted.
Meeting the Duchess of Cornwall for the 1st Time. What an amazing experience. All part of the Inspirational award day !
Evening of the Awards.. Still in shock !!
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Liz Rotherham talking about her diagnosis of Bipolar, the highs and the lows.