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Blog – Meet a Speaker!

We are delighted to announce Martin Baker as one of our speakers at our next event on the 4th November.

Born in Liverpool, Martin studied pharmacy at the University of Bradford and completed three years’ postgraduate research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He nevertheless had little relevant awareness of mental illness until a chance encounter online in 2011 brought enlightenment – and a new friend.

His transatlantic relationship with American writer and photographer Fran Houston has taught him what it means to live with chronic illness, but more importantly what it means to be a good friend. Fran has bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) and fibromyalgia. Despite living three thousand miles apart, Martin is Fran’s primary support and caregiver.

With a foreword by Rachel Kelly, mental health writer and speaker, and Ambassador for SANE, Rethink Mental Illness, and Young Minds UK, Martin and Fran’s book “High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder” is written to inspire others who support a friend with mental illness, no matter where they live. As they say: No one is too far away to be cared for, or to care.

Certified in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Martin is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mind, and Bipolar UK. He is a registered Champion of the Time to Change anti-stigma campaign launched by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and a member of Stigma Fighters and the No Stigmas Project. Martin is married to Pam and lives in the north-east of England.

You can find out more about Martin by visiting his website, and you can come and hear him speak at approximately 10:15am at the Cathedral Conference Centre on the 4th November. We look forward to seeing you there!

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