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Meet the BIG Board

Frances Halligan (Chair)

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I had a successful career in teaching for twenty years until 2000 when I had a mental breakdown and developed epilepsy. Since then I have experienced a range of psychiatric services as an inpatient and outpatient. I still see a consultant psychiatrist and take medication for my mood disorder, depression, anxiety and epilepsy. I set up BIG as there was a gap in services; there was a need for peer support and an independent voice in mental health. I am passionate about making  a positive difference, providing hope to others in gratitude for my own recovery. It is a privilege to be part of a team of dedicated volunteers.


Tina Wardle (Treasurer)

I am a former nurse, had first become unwell in 2000 with depression. It wasn’t until 2008 that I had a episode of severe depression in that I became involved in services.

I first became involved with BIG following a recommendation from my psychiatrist. I started off as a service user attending the Recovery Group then became a volunteer and finally a trustee.

I have always attended the Tuesday night group as I find the subjects fascinating. I have probably learned the most from that group not just the speakers but the service users as well.

Since becoming a trustee I have become more involved in the running of BIG , its role within the mental health community and the community as a whole. Promoting BIG and challenging the misconceptions of people with mental health problems is what I enjoy.


Keeley Bell (Trustee)

Hi, I’m Keeley Bell and I’m delighted that you are taking the time to read about BIG and our board members.

I came across BIG back in 2012 during which time I was studying in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As part of my studies I was practicing as a trainee counsellor with Rochdale MIND and Fortalice based in Bolton using the person centred model. These placements were the catalyst in me becoming involved with BIG in a voluntary role, alongside my personal experience of depression.
I believe that the skills I have acquired during my training in counselling have opened up an opportunity for me to communicate with individuals in a deeply emphatic way and without judgement. I feel privileged and honoured to be part of a wonderful team who, without any doubt, have every individuals best interest at the very forefront of their mind.

 

Bethany Fisher (Associate Trustee)

I have family experience of mental health and growing up seeing the effects alcohol has on families and individuals, has made me want to help others going through these similar problems. My upbringing has also lead me into studies: I have studied a BSc in Psychology and have just recently finished my MSc in Psychological Wellbeing. I aim to use these skills to improve my understanding around mental health and addiction and hopefully one day become a Clinical Psychologist. I will continue to volunteer with BIG because I find it useful for my own mental health and enjoy being a part of a small but powerful, caring community .



Staff

Jordan Fahy (Chief Officer)
I was recommended by my psychologist to go along to BIG as I was struggling with Anxiety and Depression. When I came to BIG I found a friendly and supportive environment where people openly talked with each other about their own experiences and struggles living with a mental health condition. I joined as a volunteer not long after as I had come to understand just how vital BIG is for people in the local community. I was enthusiastic to join the team of volunteers who are dedicated to running a service for people who are looking to connect with others, and improve their mental health and quality of life.

Jordan Fahy was appointed as Chief Officer in January 2018.

 

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