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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.

Jordan Fahy (Secretary)
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.

Jon Holding (Treasurer)

I have suffered with anxiety for most of my life. In recent years my anxiety has worsened, leading to depression. Attending the support groups at BIG have helped me immensely in my recovery. I wanted to give something back and by volunteering at BIG I am helping other people in their recovery, this helps me to remain well and also allows me to learn about different mental health illnesses.