Speakers' Bureau Biographies

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  Image of Chris, Speakers' Bureau Chris
Chris, 49, is a writer and broadcaster on mental health issues.

His bi-polar 1 disorder led to him leave his job as a deputy headteacher in 1997.

  Image of Julian, Speakers' Bureau Julian
Julian is 41 and lives in Wigston Harcourt, Leicestershire.

He has been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. He is married with four children and works full time in the public sector.

  Image of Liz, Speakers' Bureau Liz
Liz, 39, lives in Chelmsford and works full time.

Liz was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2003.

  Image of Waheda, Speakers' Bureau Waheda
Waheda, 29, is from Preston. She cares for her brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1996 and sister who has postnatal depression. She also looks after her sister’s child when she is in hospital.

Waheda works full time and also undertakes a range of voluntary work to raise awareness of mental health issues.

  Image of Dolly, Speakers' Bureau Dolly
Dolly, 39, lives in Eastbourne and has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.

Dolly is an artist and published writer and is studying for a degree in film and video.

  Image of Paul, Speakers' Bureau Paul
Paul is 57 and lives near Portsmouth, Hampshire. He has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. Paul is also a victim of sustained ritual and sexual abuse.

He was a chief officer in local government and more recently a  director with a leisure company. He has recently completed an MA in creative writing. He is married with children.

  Image of Yasmin, Speakers' Bureau Yasmin
Yasmin is 38 and lives in Wokingham, Berkshire. She has been diagnosed with depression and has had to take a long break from her career.

She is now back in full-time work.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Debbie
Debbie is 49 and lives in Kendal, Cumbria. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.

Debbie is a service user researcher at Lancaster University, where she researches bipolar disorder.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Devon
Devon, 52, is from London. He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Devon works in the public sector on an occasional basis.

He is Chair of two local mental health organisations.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Paul
Paul, 51, is from Gateshead. Paul has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, severe depression and anxiety.

He is a voluntary campaigner in the mental health field.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Jo
Jo, 45, is from Liverpool. She developed a mental health condition after being drugged on holiday which led her to hear voices.

Jo is a volunteer with an autism charity.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) David
David, 43, lives in Lincolnshire. David has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

He has gained a number of qualifications and works in the public sector. David has three children.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Jackie
Jackie is 45 and lives in Newbury, Berkshire. Jackie has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

She is Chair of Berkshire Mental Health User Group and undertakes occasional work as an Associate Mental Health Act Manager.

  Image of Richard, Speakers' Bureau Richard
Richard, 34, is a freelance journalist and author. In 1999 he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He lives in Dorset with his wife.

Richard has a degree in maritime business and an MA in broadcast journalism.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Penny
Penny is 44 and lives in Nottingham. She has experienced depression, panic attacks and extreme anxiety resulting from allergic reactions to mis-prescribed psychiatric medications.

Penny has a number of qualifications.

  Image of Margot, Speakers' Bureau Margot
Margot is 63 and lives in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. She has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and depersonalisation disorder.

She is very active undertaking voluntary and paid work in the mental health sector.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Mandy
Mandy, 50, is from Shropshire. She has been diagnosed with depression.

Mandy has two children and works for a housing association.

  Image of Lol, Speakers' Bureau Lol
Lol is 49, and lives in Guisborough. He has been a mental health professional for 25 years and has personal experience of depression.

Lol is married with a son and daughter.

 
  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Liz
Liz is 32 and lives in Leicester, where she works as a GP.

Liz has experience of depression since she was a teenager.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) David
David is 51 and lives in Plymouth. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder.

He works in the construction industry.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Clare
Clare is 51 and lives in West Sussex. Over the years, she has been diagnosed with various mental health conditions.

Clare is employed with a mental health organisation. Clare is a mother and cares for her husband.

  Image of Anita, Speakers' Bureau Anita
Anita, 52, from Sheffield has been a carer for 22 years and is a regional and national care expert.

She has three children and has personal experience of depression.
 

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Marian
Marian, from a small town near Durham, is in her late 60s and is a wife, mother and grandmother. In 2006, after years of being unwell, Marian was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.

Marian regularly gives talks around the country about mental health issues and runs her own wellbeing consultancy.

  Missing image placeholder (line drawing of a person) Yvonne
Yvonne is 48 and lives in south London.

She has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and is employed full time.