Be;Live brings together not only professionals and specialists but also those with lived experiences, who have survived serious adversity, to share their stories, support and advice in order to change the way we all see mental health.
Be;Live will explore the many different ways in which we can take care of our own mental health as well as the mental health of those around us and will give people across the UK the support, knowledge and tools to take the first steps in creating positive mental health.
Be;Live is an event for everyone, brought to you by a team of everyday people who are passionate about supporting others with their mental health.
Any why? Because we are on a mission to help reduce the UK’s negative mental health statistics by EDUCATING, INSPIRING and EMPOWERING as many people as we can on the topic of mental health and recovery.
OUR FIRST LIVE EVENT
On the 2nd April 2022, Be;Live had its first live event in the center of Birmingham (the heart of the UK), hosted by former Blue Peter and Sky Sports presenter Simon Thomas.
Former Premier League football player Clarke Carlisle has worked for Absolute Radio and as a commentator for ITV Sport across their FA Cup and Europa League coverage. Clarke was also a part of the team that covered the World Cup from Brazil.Having previously won Britain's Brainiest football player Clarke is one of the most eloquent speakers on the scene today with an incredibly moving and inspiring story to tell. Publicly discussing his mental health struggles and attempted suicide has put Clarke in a position of influence to aid the breakdown of the stigma around the subject.
Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.At the age of 20 Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar. Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness around the world to help educate and break stigma. His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.In 2018 Jonny launched his new youth mental health charity, Beyond. The charity is a grant-giving organisation that aims to provide mental health support to young people, their families and teachers. It is being led by a Youth Board, who together with Jonny, created the UK’s first mental health festival for schools and colleges in early 2021.
What does mental health mean to you?Looking after your brain. Keeping it as well as you can.
What makes you feel alive?Being with family and friends. Nature. Dancing to music.
What do you want to take away from your talk?It’s ok to talk. And most importantly, that you can overcome any adversity!
Carrie is a wife, mother, tv presenter, author and newspaper columnist. Her greatest passion is working alongside her husband, Clarke Carlisle, as award-winning Mental Health Speakers, doing all they can to empower others who are walking the same wellness journey as they are.