Here are some lovely comments from those who have heard me speak, trained or read my story...
Life as a Rollercoaster’
Liz Rotherham, Senior Administrative Coordinator at Guy Carpenter’s Witham office and Co-Chair of the GC EMBRACE EMEA Mental Health, Wellbeing and Disability resource group, isconstantly endeavouring to educate people and promote a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing. Liz, who was diagnosed with bipolar in 2003, is dedicated to using her experiences to help others and is involved with numerous initiatives. Most recently, Liz has written and published a book about her inspirational story called: ‘Life as a Rollercoaster: The Mayhem of Bipolar’.
The book is an open and honest account of Liz’s life, reflecting upon the challenges she has faced, including coping with her diagnosis of bipolar. The book also provides guidance for others and includes insights from her family, partner and ex-managers, who provide their perspective on Liz’s journey. Liz commented: “I hope the book will help to educate and reduce the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health. My story is full of highs and lows and demonstrates that no matter what you face in life, you can and will get through it.” The book is available to buy on Amazon and part of the proceeds are donated to SANE, a leading UK mental health charity who work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.
Liz Rotherham is a fully qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor and she has trained several colleagues to become Mental Health First Aiders. She has also created a website to raise mental health awareness. The website serves as a platform for sharing stories and offering advice to those in need. 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.
Earlier this year, she was one of five finalists shortlisted for the Daily Mail’s 2019 Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards due to her commitment to mental health education and support. Last month, Liz was invited to attend the 2019 ‘Women of the Year Awards’ lunch, where she was recognised as one of the 2019 ‘Women of the Year’, for her dedication to mental wellbeing. For more than sixty years, ‘Women of the Year’ has recognised and celebrated women from across the UK nominated by a member of the ‘Women of the Year’ Council in recognition of her personal achievements and contribution to society. This month she was also invited to attend the ‘Mind Media Awards’, which recognises and celebrates the best possible representations of mental health across TV, radio, print and online.
Congratulations to Liz for all of her fantastic achievements! If you are interested in learning more about Liz’s book, on 30 November, from 2-3pm, Chelmsford Library are hosting an event with Liz, where she will read extracts from her book and hold a Q&A session. For more information, click here.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the course. It was interesting and useful (Tuesday evening I actually asked an awkward question and uncovered binge eating behaviours in potential client and am supporting her in getting the right sort of help, and it also changes my approach, without asking I wouldn’t have got there. She also seemed relieved that finally someone knows and didn’t judge her or act like it was a terrible thing). I would recommend anyone to take this course, especially if you work with people with weight as they often disclose deep traumas and having the knowledge that it is ok to ask the questions is useful.
'I like sad stories with a happy ending. It almost made me cry and then I realised that it was you! Seriously though - it's good that other people can see what you have been through and hopefully it may help someone out there that is having a bad time'
“Please can you pass on my heartfelt thanks to Liz for bravely making that video. I too suffer from Type 1 Bipolar with psychosis and can completely relate to Liz's story. Whilst I have managed to narrowly escape being sectioned I too have had both hospital stays and community treatment where my Advanced Statements have been totally ignored despite friends and family prompting staff to read them in times of crisis! I agree with Liz when you have been living with Bipolar for some time you know what does and doesn't work yet this is never checked in your notes or your back story read. You are just seen as "the label " a one size fits all and your beliefs and values overlooked.”
“Just wanted to say that my heart goes out to this young lady. I too have experienced the same with my daughter, I have had to take her to our local hospital several times when she has been in crisis and the way she gets spoken to is awful, on one occasion she took too many tablets and had to be kept in – she was put on a post-surgical ward with old people and basically left and not listened too, I stepped in eventually and said something but my daughter was so disgusted she discharged herself, with my blessing…..it’s terrible I wish I could have done more….nothing changes though! And YES the law needs changing big time.”
'Wow, Liz that was brilliant and really took some courage to speak out, it's fantastic please don't stop now though, you really are going to help so many people by sharing your experiences'
'Seriously, ALL that has happened and you are still smiling? No wonder your Mum still gets upset. I think it is a lovely story in the sense that you got through it, frightening though, and I reckon a lot of what has occurred can happen to anyone with your condition and worse stories I am sure are out there. I think you're right that bipolar isn't just an imbalance - it seems to be a catalogue of causes.'
'Very brave to speak out and I hope people in the same situation gain from it. You done well, honey.'
'Gosh Liz, just read your blog and it's amazing. So detailed and inspiring, not only to the individuals suffering to make them feel they are not alone (which is very important) but it also gives an insight to those that don't understand/judge those with bipolar.'
'Rare to hear such an open and honest account, thank you for sharing.'
'I think you are a very inspiring woman. I think it’s amazing to have heard how much you went through and look today at someone as resilient and strong as you.
I know how difficult it is to live with a mental illness. My mother is bipolar and hasn’t worked for years. It is a real struggle to keep her mentally healthy every day. My sister and I struggle quite a lot in helping her so I found that the event this morning very insightful for tips.' (Helene Carpentier de Caro)
Just wanted to say I watched your interview on Facebook this morning and found it to be totally inspiring and uplifting.
You are an amazing lady and so deserve all the respect and recognition for the help and positivity to pass out to others. I also totally agree with your mind-set comments. It really is a case of turning a down day into an up day with positive thinking. (Fay Bowers)