Highlights from November’s National Members Day in Birmingham
This year’s Members day was our best yet, combining inspiring speakers and dedicated award winners with the opportunity to meet staff and supporters from around the country.
This was our first Members’ Day since Philippa Lowe was appointed as our New Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Highlights from the day included well-received sessions from our speakers Jacqui Dyer and Professor Barbara Sahakian.
Our annual awards ceremony was a touching celebration of the achievements our members and campaigners are making in mental health.
With a special thanks to Harrow group ‘More than Just a Choir’ for their rousing singing in the morning and for closing the day with ‘we do better (when we come together), an emotional and appropriate summary of the day.
Thank you to everyone attended, and we look forward to seeing you in London next year!
We’ve put together a short video to share highlights of the day – watch now
Keynote speaker – Jacqui Dyer
Jacqui Dyer, vice-Chair of the Mental Health Taskforce, shared her take on the actions and recommendations set in February
Jacqui Dyer, a lived expert by experience and also vice-Chair of the independent Mental Health Taskforce, gave an informative speech about the Taskforce. She shared the findings of the report, and gave her take on the actions set in February, including a look at what has been achieved since.
Guest speaker – Barbara Sahakian
Professor Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge
Professor Barbara Sahakian presented research into a brain training app which can help improve the memories of people living with schizophrenia. The game is challenging and rewarding, with tasks that help develop memory and motivation, leading to positive changes in their day to day lives.
The day was also a celebration of the achievements of our members with our annual Pringle and Janey Antoniou awards. Read more about our award winnders here!
In the afternoon there was the opportunity to take part in an interactive workgroup to learn more about the different areas of Rethink Mental Illness and how to get involved. If you would like more information about a workshop please email the relevant team:
Workgroup 1: Involvement - Putting you at the heart of everything we do. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workgroup 2: Fundraising – Growing our support to shape our future. Email: email@example.com
Workgroup 3: Campaigning – Getting your voice heard through campaigning firstname.lastname@example.org
Workgroup 4: Making the most of your skills email@example.com.
Workgroup 5: Singing for wellbeing firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, a special thanks goes to Harrow Group “More Than Just a Choir” for their rousing contributions to the day!
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