Inspire is fortunate to have very special individuals who volunteer as ambassadors to help promote awareness of wellbeing issues
Northern Ireland and Ireland Powerlifting champion, Rory Girvan kindly volunteers his time to act as our Ambassador for Male Wellbeing. Rory who also owns and runs HENCH, a gym and fitness centre in Belfast City Centre has faced his own battle with depression. He now shares his experience and his own philosophy for keeping both body and mind 'fit' to help encourage men to speak up about their mental and emotional wellbeing, and seek help when they need it.
Wife of East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson, Lindsay kindly volunteers her time to act as our Ambassador for Maternal Wellbeing. Lindsay has had experience of post-natal depression and knows only too well the stresses mums and mums-to-be can experience and how difficult it is sometimes for them to admit they need help to cope with the transition to motherhood. Having been there herself, Lindsay does all she can to help empower other women who may need it to seek support and to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues.
James Speers is also the Deputy President of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU). James thoroughly believes that all the values in life that he has adopted and his achievements has been down to participation and social interaction within YFCU membership, it has been a key part of him maintaining his own sense of wellbeing. James has personally experienced to date good positive mental health which he believes is mainly down to having strong family support from my mother and father and three older sisters and the strong social and peer support network of YFCU. Partnering with James gives Inspire a great avenue to help take messages back out into rural environments that promote wellbeing, and James' knowledge of what challenges are faced by those involved in the likes of farming or indeed some of the challenges young people living in more isolated settings may face will be invaluable to Inspire to help work out how best to support those living in rural communities.
Anna is inspired to help as many young people as she can, and give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Having gone through her own struggles throughout her life, Anna relates very much to the problems that young people face. She believes that wellbeing is such an important part of everyone's life, however some young people still have stigma towards mental illness, and she is inspired to help change that. Struggling with mental illness is not a sign of weakness, and there are many different types of support out there for young people to access. Anna hopes to provide young people with the courage and knowledge to seek help if they need it and in doing so reducing stigma by raising awareness. Social inclusion is key to moving forward with coping with mental ill health and combating stigma can help to achieve this. Everyone struggles, however no one should feel they must face them alone.
Niall is the co-founder of Adult ADHD NI. Niall was inspired to join our ambassador team to reach out and support adults affected by Adult ADHD. Niall was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD and since then has become aware of the lack of understanding and support for ADHD especially in adulthood. Niall and his partner Emma established Adult ADHD NI in 2012 to support those affected by ADHD, educate healthcare workers, educational providers and employers on the impact of ADHD. Niall's years of personal experience and his qualification in psychotherapy allow him to support adults with ADHD in an extensive range of therapeutic interventions. Niall would like to offer support to those affected by ADHD and reduce the stigma associated with Adult ADHD and educate people with the facts about ADHD.
Volunteers bring immeasurable value to all areas of Inspire’s work to support people living with mental health conditions or an intellectual/learning disability. Find out more about how you get involved with our work.