My name is Liz Rotherham. I have been using EPUT services since 2003, after I was diagnosed with bipolar and sectioned in hospital. Living in denial for years, it took me a while to find myself, but when I did I decided to help others and get involved with the Trust.
I signed up as a volunteer to talk about my experiences about 10 years ago, initially I was extremely nervous. However, with the support from the Trust I gained some confidence and self- esteem. It has been a bumpy ride, with a mixture of some positive and negative experiences however these are a learning curve for all parties involved.
I support the Trust in many ways from talking about my experience at Staff Induction, getting involved in events and writing blogs on the website. I am involved in the buddy scheme linked with Anglia University, which helps the students understand lived experience and many other different things.
I recently became a NHS governor for East Essex and this has made me extremely proud, not only for myself but also for the fact that the Trust really wants to get people with lived experience involved with conversations to make a difference within the community.
I am extremely passionate about mental health and helping people, and will continue to help and support the Trust as much as I can so we can keep improving the services that the Trust provides.
When I am not helping the world! I love spending time with my partner and two dogs Boris and Charlie, we spend time together going on lovely long walks through the UK countryside, I also love meditation and spending time with my good friends.