Meet Our Guest Speakers!

We’re excited to announce our guest speakers for the next Talking FreELY event on March 3rd! Come along to the Cathedral Conference centre from 9.30am for a coffee and a chat with our trained talking volunteers and listen to our guest speakers. Everyone is welcome and it’s all free of charge!

At 9.45am we’ll hear from Hannah Turner, a Joint Head of Services (Sanctuary, Wellbeing, Support2Recovery) at Mind CPSL, will talk about First Response Service (FRS). FRS puts mental health first providing 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support. FRS is open to all age groups, and anyone can call if they are experiencing a crisis or if they are concerned about someone.

Following Hannah at 10.45am, we’re delighted to welcome Hope Virgo! Hope is the author of Stand Tall Little Girl, she inspires change and supports recovery through giving talks and presenting on mental health around the UK.

Hope Virgo

Hope’s journey began when she was 13 when she faced a number of issues. Hope’s way of coping was to diet and exercise. This soon developed in to clinical anorexia. For four years, Hope managed to keep it hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope’s world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her skin was yellowing, her heart was failing. She was barely recognizable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life. She had to find the courage to beat her anorexia. Now late twenties, Hope is eager to raise awareness of mental health and share her story with as many people as possible so that everyone knows recovery is possible.

Trigger Press, the publishers of ‘Stand Tall Little Girl, will be at the event if you would like to pick up a copy of Hope’s book.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Talking FreELY’s own Carly Mason. Like many people, Carly spends a lot of time online and recently undertook a digital detox. This and the effect it had on her wellbeing, will be the focus of her talk.

Carly AcresCarly is a freelance business developer with a passion for education and community enterprise. Prior to starting her own business, she headed a sales and marketing team and was a senior manager for an educational charity. As well as being part of the staff team for Talking FreELY, she volunteers at Happy Cafe Ely. She has a particular interest in wellbeing in the workplace and the role that education plays in mental health and wellbeing.

We hope to see you on 3rd March!

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