Mental Health Awareness Week Speakers
Monday 15th May 2023 to Sunday 21st May 2023 marks Mental Health Awareness Week. The week is an annual event where the whole of the UK is encouraged to come together to focus on achieving good mental health.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is “Anxiety” and the Mental Health Foundation hopes the week can help improve the public’s understanding of anxiety and share some of the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.
If you planning an event these are a few of the speakers who can speak on anxiety or share their own experiences of anxiety
Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, published author, speaker, brand ambassador, and charity founder from Cheshire who has never taken the conventional path to the top.
At the age of 26 he has already attempted Mount Everest twice – but Alex is not your typical Everest speaker. After climbing Mont Blanc at 17 and single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, his first attempt to climb to the summit of Mount Everest in 2014 was abandoned following a tragic avalanche that took sixteen lives. Aged just 19, he returned a year later and survived an avalanche in the Khumbu Icefall, triggered by the Nepal earthquake, which trapped his team on the mountain for two days.
However, his biggest challenges have been much closer to home. Alex Staniforth is no stranger to adversity, after overcoming epilepsy, bullying, anxiety, mental ill health, and a stammer since childhood. Discovering the outdoors empowered him to achieve through adversity and take advantage of his stammer by speaking to audiences across the UK and Europe.
Andrew Pain is a Mental Health and TEDx speaker, talking about; men’s mental health, burnout, imposter syndrome, decision making and domestic abuse (as a lived-experience survivor)
Andrew Pain was once a master procrastinator, chronic worrier, and victim of an abusive marriage (who also hated his job). He was a people-pleaser, he avoided conflict at all costs and his main goal in life was simply for everyone else to be happy: not exactly the kind of CV you might expect to see for a professional speaker!
But following the breakdown of his marriage and loss of his business in 2009, he rebuilt his life and is now thriving as a dynamic, down-to-earth, and entertaining speaker, on a mission to prevent burnout, to create decisive and resilient communities of people, and promote gender unity.
Clarke Carlisle is a former professional football and television presenter who is a keynote speaker on mental health, having suffered from complex depressive disorder throughout his career.
Clarke Carlisle played football for QPR, Burnley, Blackpool, and Watford to name a few, and won promotions with two clubs and played at Wembley Stadium. After over 500 appearances he retired at the end of the 2013 season
Clarke presented two acclaimed documentaries for the BBC Football’s Suicide Secret and “Is Football Racist?” for the BBC and wrote a book about his career A Footballer’s Life.
What Clarke did not realise was that for the last 13 years of his playing career, he had been suffering from Complex Depressive Disorder. It was only after two suicide attempts that he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where he finally received an accurate diagnosis.
Sophie Bennett is an expert and speaker on motivation and performance. She has helped champions to win medals, leaders to transform business performance, salespeople to win deals worth millions, and individuals to perform beyond their wildest expectations.
Sophie Bennett is a visiting lecturer at the Cranfield School of Management, a grand prix dressage rider and former national equestrian champion, a best-selling author, and was Head of Content for the global computer giant, Dell. Sophie speaks on a number of subjects but in one of her talks speaks on anxiety –
Living in the NOW – How to Cope with Change and Let Go of Anxiety
With the pressures of life and work, most of us live in the ‘distracted present’; when we are at work, we worry about what we need to do at home – and when we are at home, we worry about what we need to do at work! In this session, we will look at what we can do to live in the moment, be fully present, and reduce the worry about what we aren’t able to do because we can’t be in two places at once. By living in the now, and having the tools to be fully present you can reduce anxiety, feel more joy in life and improve your most valued relationships.
Ben Lyttleton is a keynote speaker on the leadership lessons learned from football, covering pressure, talent management, leadership, and teamwork. Football journalist and author Ben Lyttleton understands what we can learn about the most important aspects of work and life from the world’s most popular sport.
In his speech on pressure, Ben speaks on how we cope with anxiety –
How do we make decisions and execute tasks under pressure? Ben Lyttleton explores possibly one of the highest-pressure situations an individual can experience in team sport – the penalty shoot-out. Using a combination of sport and behavioural science, he explains the psychology of performing under pressure – and how we can all improve our performance when the heat is on.
Key lessons: how we cope with anxiety; challenging our reliance on individual superstars; the influence of body language and how just one extra breath can make all the difference.
Sally Orange is an endurance runner, adventurer & mental health campaigner, and inspirational speaker.
Sally Orange holds multiple Guinness world records and world firsts, has run over 70 marathons, completed 8 full Ironman triathlons, and has completed 22 years of exemplary service in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Physiotherapy Officer. This included an operational tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Having faced her own challenges with severe depression and chronic anxiety, Sally speaks openly in an attempt to remove the associated stigma. She encourages others to manage their own mental well-being through healthy eating, physical activity, and a positive mindset
These are just a few of the speakers we work with that speak on mental health. Please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help further.