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Meet the BIG Board

Frances Halligan (Chair)

Frances Halligan 1

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.


Emma Moore (Trustee)

I have suffered from bouts of severe depression for most of my adult life to the point where I needed to be admitted on to the mental health unit at Fairfield Hospital. Towards the end of my 12 month stay, I was asked by an OT if I would like to go to BIG. Despite my initial apprehension, I decided to go and see what it was all about. I was made very welcome by the volunteers there and I started to feel more at ease after attending regular support groups. Following my discharge from hospital, I moved into 24 hour supported accommodation. While I was there, I began to attend weekly groups at BIG and realised that I no longer felt so isolated and I could identify with other people’s issues and experiences. I have now been a volunteer for over 5 years and help to facilitate three different support groups a week. BIG has been an invaluable source of support for me over the years and I was therefore honoured to be asked to become a Trustee for BIG.


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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