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Tony Fisher and Paul Mumford- BBC sounds
30/06/2021 Tony Fisher and Paul Mumford spoke about the importance of spotting signs and symptoms and MHFA (mental health first aid) Training. The link to this can be viewed here : https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09kz765 (00:01:21). In this podcast Liz speaks about how she is an instructor for these courses. And the importance of getting the right kind of help before it effects peoples work/school and personal lives in negative ways. She also informs us on how mental health can also cause physical symptoms which is why it is so important spot the signs sooner rather than later.
Liz also helps to educate the audience about reducing the stigma around the word “mental” and to focus more on the mind and emotional aspect of mental health. An important question Liz says to ask yourself is “If you twisted your ankle would you ignore it and carrying on with the pain?”. Most people would agree that they would get help for it therefore why would you ignore something that you can’t see in your head that’s bothering you? Eventually our goal is to make it legal for schools and workplaces to have a MHFA available to all colleges and students.
101.8 WCR FM - Life is a rollercoaster
On the 15th July 2021 I was voted the most inspirational book for the week and included in WCR FM podcast which has been such an honour. To listen back : https://podcast.canstream.co.uk/wcrfm/index.php?id=48601 (00:30:08). If you are interested in reading it is available to purchase via Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-As-Roller-Coaster-Bipolar/dp/1527247449/ref=nodl_.
Susan Vickers gave a detailed review explaining “This book is not just for people who have gone through or are going through bipolar themselves. This could be educational for anyone who does not have a great understanding of this mental disorder.”
Podcast in May: A Happy Head
In May, Liz was really happy to be a guest on the podcast run by Paul Wilson called A Happy Head. Paul is a practitioner who helps people with an alcohol problem get sober, stay sober and take back control of their lives.
You can find to the podcast on a range of mediums, which can be found below. Happy listening!
Omny Studio: https://omny.fm/shows/a-happy-head-podcast/
Google Podcasts: http://tiny.cc/AHHpcgoogle
Spotify Shows: http://tiny.cc/AHHpcSpotify
Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16th May 2021
This week was Mental Health Awareness Week. As part of this, we did a whole host of things such as a competition, facebook live chats, and best of all we were at Poplar Nurseries promoting nature and wellbeing in person!
FaceBook Live #1 and competition announcement
On Monday the 10th May, Liz kicked off our Mental Health Awareness Week by appearing on Facebook live, and announcing a competition for this week. We were looking for people to send us pictures of nature. This included beautiful things that our followers had seen, or an adorable picture of pets enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. The winners of this competition received a whole range of goodies, listen to the video below for more information!
FaceBook Live #2
Day 2 of Mental Health Awareness week: 11th May, and we had another great video from Liz recorded live on Facebook. Today we talked about forest bathing. Hmm...Intrigued? I certainly was new to this topic. The video can below explains what it is in more detail.
Facebook live #3
Day 3 of Mental Health Awareness week: 12th May. Today on the live chat we were discussing FORAGING. If you want to hear what you can eat for free in nature, check out the video below.
Facebook live #4
Day 4 of Mental Health Awareness week: 13th May. Today Liz was reading us a poem composed by Mark Dale, please feel free to check it out below!
Facebook live #5
Today was the last day of Mental Health Awareness week for us. Thank you for all your support this week, and we have had some fabulous pictures sent to us for the competition.
Our visit to Poplar Nurseries during Mental Health week 2021
On Saturday 15th May we were at Poplar Nurseries celebrating Mental Health Week. We had a table outside and were talking to people about nature, and anything linked to mental health that they wanted to discuss. It was fantastic to see so many of you!
Photo in Nature Competition
During Mental Health Awareness week we ran a photography competition. We asked people to send us pictures of what they could see around them whilst they were spending time in nature. Below is a collection of some of the photos that were submitted. The lucky winners received a collection of goods donated by supermarkets and garden centres to enjoy.
What is your favourite?
Update on competition: 21st May
So we have picked a winner for our competition that was held during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021! The announcement is given in the video below, as well as a beautiful story on how the photo came about. Feel free to play Liz's video below for more information.
For those who are impatient:
- The winner is: Clare Pulfer, with her picture of a beautiful squirrel that is nestled in a hoodie.
- The runner up is a border collie surveying the beautiful landscape behind him.
Well done to our winners, and also to everyone who took part. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and it was hard to make a choice. But have no fear, we will be holding many similar competitions this year, so don't put away your cameras just yet.
Speakers Collective Summit May 2021
We are pleased to have been invited once again by the Speakers Collective to give a talk, this time at their Speakers Collective Summit. Liz will be giving a talk about her work as a founding member of Heads2minds, and explaining why it is important in todays world.
Social Power and Mental Health Conference 19-23 April 2021
This conference is all about linked together researchers and people with lived experience of mental health issues. Liz Rotherham gave a talk on Wednesday 21st April on 'Building Resilience'.
This was an online conference hosted by CRASSH, University of Cambridge.
"Our events have been designed in collaboration with a steering group of local people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or psychiatric service use. All events will have live captioning and BSL Interpretation.
The conference brings together people with lived experience of mental health challenges, and researchers. Our aim is to start conversations between these two groups of experts. We also recognise that many people belong in both groups."
Speakers Collective March 2021
This month I have posted an article on the Speakers Collective website called "Building Resilience with a Bipolar Diagnosis".
The website's purpose is to challenge stigma, facilitate important conversations and promote learning on a variety of social issues. The topics are all based around mental health. For more information please feel free to check it out!
Mental Health Act 2021
In 2017, the government requested a review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA), to see how it could be improved. The review's final report concludes that it does not work as well as it could for neither patient, nor their families and carers. The video below shows some people describing their experiences with the MHA as it is.
A wide range of changes are being implemented, in order to make patients more at the centre of their care, and to address discrimination. There are 4 areas being looked at:
1) Choice and autonomy of service users.
2) MHA being used in a least restrictive way.
3) Therapeutic benefit, ensuring patients are supported to get better.
4) View and treat people as individuals.
More information and resources can be found here:
The City Times January 2021
In the January issue of The City Times, Heads2Minds has been chosen as the 'Charity of the Month'. They have kindly published a full page on who we are, what we do, and why we do it!
For more information, click on the link below which will take you to page 15 in the January issue of The City Times:
Inside Out Day 3 Feb 2021
On the 3rd February we had the chance to be part of Inside Out Day, organised by Now and Beyond. This is the world's first mental health festival for schools and colleges. Half million students, teachers, and parents, attended this online event in 1200 educational settings.
Our contribution to this event was to deliver workshops on a range of themes to the following three schools:
- Wickham Court Prep School. This is an independent, co-educational school located in West Wickham, Kent. The surrounding are culturally and historically rich, and they aim for their pupils to be energetic, engaged and happy.
- Hertsmere Jewish Primary School. Located in Hertfordshire, their mission is to produce well rounded individuals who posses the deep moral feelings that lie at the root of the Jewish religion and intellectual curiosity, which lay the foundation for future learning.
- The Colne Community School & College. This is an exciting and innovative school located in Brightlingsea, Essex. They aim to provide the best opportunities possible for their students, and their main values are aspiration, resilience and kindness.
In one of the workshops, children aged 7-13 were given the challenge of creating t-shirt designs. Their ideas were then judged in a competition, and 5 lucky winners were chosen. Very shortly, you will be able to purchase t-shirts with these designs here on our very own website here at Heads2Minds!
In one of the other workshops, Liz held an Animal-Assisted Therapy session with her dog Boris. The children, aged 5-6 years old, absolutely loved it and took it in turns to show everyone their own dogs, as well as their favourite toys.
Finally, we also held a motivational talk at the secondary school on the importance of positivity and having the right mindset. The children, aged 13-15 years, were told how this can completely change certain situations that they may not feel in control of.
For more information, please feel free to check out the materials and resources on their website: https://nowandbeyond.org.uk.
EPUT NHS 30 Nov 2020
Making a difference within the Essex partnership NHS Trust.
- 30th November. Watch the live video.
World Mental Health Day Oct 2020
Raising money for 4 different charities for World Mental Health day Oct 2020.
Snowdon Supercharge Challenge
Weʼre raising £1,000 to Heads2minds (Mental health/wellbeing) & 'Safe Steps' Domestic Abuse charity. To support Mental Health Awareness Week May 2021.
Not A Red Card Awards 2020
Look at me ! Oh my goodness I am super proud that I have been nominated for this award. Mental Health has risen over the last 6 months now even more so we MUST speak out and support people with their Mental well-being.
Public Governor Election 2020
"Wow!! I am over the moon I have been elected as a Public Governor for Essex Mid and South NHS Partnership Trust. This is so extremely Important as this gives me a say to make changes and a difference to our community"
Thrive in Three
Podcast about Thriving in Life and Business with Lois Wayner.
Supporting Other Charities Through Difficult Times
Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.
This Can Happen Awards 2020
This Can Happen Awards 2020. Liz Rotherham shortlisted for 'Most Inspiring Colleague of the Year' award.
The ‘This Can Happen Awards’ celebrate and recognise companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their approach towards positive mental health for their employees and colleagues, successfully implementing positive change. The awards are open to all workplaces and individuals who champion mental health and the awards categories have been developed in cooperation with Mental Health UK.
This year, the awards attracted an overwhelming number of entries from a variety of sectors. Liz Rotherham from GC’s Witham office was shortlisted by the judging panel for the ‘Most Inspiring Employee of the Year’ award in recognition of her dedication to breaking the stigma around mental health, driving positive solutions and championing mental health and wellbeing initiatives for colleagues.
Liz has been a driving force behind several Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives at GC. She is Co-Chair of the GC EMBRACE EMEA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Disability group alongside Valerie Badcock. As part of her role within the group, she has promoted a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing, highlighted the importance of wellbeing initiatives and ensured that a variety of events and resources are available for colleagues. She became a fully qualified Mental Health First Aid trainer last year and has now trained several UK colleagues to become Mental Health First Aid trainers.
Liz has organised several additional mental health and wellbeing events in Witham, including mindfulness and meditation sessions, ‘lunch and learns’ on topics such as anxiety, PTSD and stress management, and a ‘Happiness Challenge’ in January to help colleagues beat the January blues! The ‘Happiness Challenge’ involved several uplifting tasks, for example, random acts of kindness and gratitude practice, which received some extremely positive feedback.
One colleague commented: “I must admit the challenge really lifted my mood and kept me motivated on a daily basis, which can be tough when facing deadlines and pressure at work!” Another colleague said: “Liz is like a light at the end of a tunnel and always has a smile on her face, she has so much energy to give and no matter what she is facing she always sees the positive side of a situation.”
In addition to her extensive efforts surrounding mental health and wellbeing within GC, Liz has demonstrated her resolve to help others by getting involved with numerous external initiatives. She created a website as a means to share stories, offer advice and raise mental health awareness and has written a book about her personal experiences called ‘Life as a Rollercoaster: The Mayhem of Bipolar’. Liz also gives regular talks, often at schools, and is a MIND media volunteer, Time to Change champion and an ambassador for Bipolar UK.
Being shortlisted for the award is a fantastic achievement and testament to Liz’s dedication to raising awareness and taking such a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing initiatives. She said: “I was overjoyed to be shortlisted for this award and am so pleased that mental health and wellbeing is being recognised more in the workplace. It is vital that we support our employees and offer support and guidance where needed.”
Harbour Radio 2020
Harbour Radio (Norfolk). Liz chats to Dawn about Mental Health and wellbeing.
Jerry East Podcast May 2020
Podcast with Jerry East: Coping in Covid-19.
LoveReading Apr 2020
Book now available at 'LoveReading'.
The Book Critic's review was great!
A bluntly honest account of Liz’s life with Bipolar.
Told in a whistle-stop tour, Liz shares her experiences of Bipolar in this memoir. With open and honest accounts of her life that are almost anecdotal throughout, the reader is able to very quickly understand Liz’s life experiences. I prefer this type of autobiographical writing, as you grow to understand the author more quickly and spend less time lingering on perhaps superficial detail. With the aim of increasing awareness and expanding the discussion around mental health, Life As A Rollercoaster ends with reflections from each of Liz’s family members.
My own knowledge of Bipolar is limited and I found this to be a fascinating insight into both having it and living alongside it. I really enjoyed the additional perspective of Liz’s loved ones at the end of the book and appreciate that by Liz writing this memoir, they are also having a part of their life shared. It was interesting to read about the events from a number of different perspectives and I appreciate this team effort approach. I think having a witness or onlooker perspective adds an extra dimension to this book that makes it all the more engaging.
I found Life As A Rollercoaster an enlightening read and hope that it reaches a wider audience to help expand the discussion on mental health.
Essex Police Apr 2020
Supporting Essex Police when dealing with Mental Health. April 2020.
MIND Charity 2020Review of Mental Health Act with MIND Charity.
Time to Talk 6 Feb 2020
We had an ex-armed forces gentleman from a charity called Rock2Recovery who came into my work place and conducted a talk to staff about PTSD and stress trauma. He was amazing and explained how powerful the mind was in affecting your life. He has affective techniques to help people deal with injury trauma and uses a combination of NLP and eye treatment therapy. We also had a cake bake and raised £590 for the charity.
NHS Induction 15 Jan 2020
Talking at an NHS Recruitment day for new staff joining the Essex Trust.
Chelmsford Library Event Nov 2019
I was asked to hold a book event at Chelmsford library. 18 people turned up and listened to my talk and it was great as it was people who I hadn't met before. Lots of questions were asked and people gained some great information. I also sold some books which is great for SANE Charity and encouraging to help and educate more people.
Woman of the Year Awards Oct 2019
I was kindly invited to attend the ‘Women of the Year Awards. This event is a celebration of the achievements of women across all walks of life and I was extremely proud to be invited as part of the group. I sat on a table with Maureen Lipman who was our host.
Mental Awareness in the Workplace Sept 2019
My Bipolar Podcast Nov 2019
Coggeshall Book Event 2019
MIND Media Awards 2019
Was delighted to be invited to the MIND media awards.
Book Launch 2019
Paper Creatures Theatre 2019
Mental Health Act Review: Facebook Live.
Inspirational Woman of the Year Award 2019
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 !!
Daily Mail Inspirational Award. Liz's Finalist video...
Business Mum's Hub Network Group
Liz Rotherham talking about her diagnosis of Bipolar, the highs and the lows.
Essex Police 2019
Speaker Talk Radio 2019
Dive in Festival 26 Sept 2019
I also attended an event with Frank Bruno and Frank talked about his struggles with Mental Health and how he has overcome them and set up the Frank Bruno foundation to help young children.
Chelmsford Community Radio Aug 2019
Radio Interview with Chelmsford Community Radio.
MIND Media Awards 2018
Mind Media Awards November 2018, Paul Farmer CEO of Mind and Jane, me and the one and only Alistair Campbell MP and Mind Ambassador.
Greensward Academy 2017
Pre & Post Talk at Greensward Academy.