Tom Renhard: Secretary
Hi I’m Tom, your elected secretary for BIMHN. It is my role to help support all members of the committee with their work and to co-ordinate our activities across the city of Bristol.
In terms of my background, I have been involved in mental health campaigning for over five years, holding a number of related roles over this period. This started during my time at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), lobbying for improved mental health services at the university and increased support for staff so that they can feel better equipped to support students facing often unique and complex issues. This included developing policy on taking this issue forward at UWE.
During this time I was also one of the founding members of the Mental Health Campaign, which has now been going for two years strong, raising awareness and challenging mental health stigma and discrimination across the university campuses. I am incredibly proud of all the very inspiring people I have met through the campaign, and look forward to seeing how the campaign develops in the coming years.
I am also a Time to Change Champion and passionately believe that we can help reduce mental health stigma and discrimination through positive conversations and education in the community.
I have helped co-ordinate the development of national policy for National Union of Students on Mental Health and went on to represent the Students’ Union at UWE as Vice-President Community and Welfare for one year between July 2013 and June 2014.
I want to thank the membership for re-electing me as the secretary of BIMHN, and I hope to continue to utilise my experiences to develop the organisation and create a positive and strong voice for people with mental health issues across the city.
Want to get in touch? Drop me an email at: email@example.com.
Rebecca Day: Membership Engagement Officer
Hello, I’m Becky – your elected Membership Engagement Officer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for electing me for the position – I feel hugely grateful and privileged. Over this next year, I will be leading on the continued development of a community engagement strategy; ensuring our membership is diverse and inclusive; and developing innovative methods to raise awareness of BIMHN.
I have had over five years experience working and studying as a journalist, and I am extremely excited to be able to apply my skills to a role I feel incredibly passionate about.
Besides my experience in journalism, I have also experienced several forms of mental ill health. Having battled with these afflictions, it has provided me with a huge understanding of the difficulties people face when suffering from mental illness, and the vital role that local services need to play when it comes to providing efficient help and support to those in need.
I would like to thank you again for electing me as Membership Engagement Officer. I feel incredibly passionate about BIMHN’s aims and values, and believe that those suffering with mental ill health deserve the best possible access to local services. I look forward to representing you all, and ensuring your voice is heard over the next year.
Get in touch! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amelia Campbell: Campaigns Officer
Hi, I’m Amelia, a 3rd year Psychology student at UWE, member of the IAPT Service User Representation board and the Campaigns Officer at BIMHN.
I’ve been involved in Mental Health campaigning through the UWESU Mental Health Campaign over the last two years since its formation and it is something I am really passionate about. BIMHN is a group I’ve wanted to become involved in and feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity by you to work with members to campaign on issues which you feel are important over the next year within Bristol.
I am really keen to develop working groups for different campaigns so if there is anything you wish to focus on this year please get in touch! I really want to get the BIMHN name well known through the campaigns we run so I have plenty of ideas I’d love to run by anyone who is interested in getting involved in campaigning with us.
As well as campaigning for better Mental Health services, topics I am really enthusiastic about are all things equality, disability rights, social justice, health and education.
Outside of BIMHN and University I am a Cub Scout Leader and I work within UWE Accommodation services supporting students in halls. Baking, drinking tea and colouring in are three of my favourite things to do to wind down (along with maybe watch an episode or two of something on Netflix) and when I can, I love to go walking in the hills or mountains or visit a peaceful beach.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to chat to me at a meeting or drop an email to email@example.com, I am really excited to get started and I promise I don’t bite!
Jamie Jordon: Treasurer
Hi, I’m Jamie, final year Forensic Science student and recently elected Treasurer for BIMHN. Through my time at university, I became heavily involved with the Students’ Union and what it had to offer. I have been really engaged with the Mental Health Campaign, through assisting with fundraising events to campaigns surrounding the discrimination and stigma facing those suffering from mental health difficulties. Alongside this, I have been involved with societies and their development from seeing an increase in their setup to gaining extra support. I also sit as a Service User Representative for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
I am keen to see BIMHN to become a well-known name throughout Bristol and to see our campaigns go from success to success. I am privileged to have been elected and I’m really looking forward to hearing all your ideas and working together on many projects!
I’m an assistant Cub leader and enjoy taking part in extracurricular activities from being President of the Forensic Science Society to writing for our student newspaper as Science and Technology Senior Reporter. I enjoy spending time
with friends and going out for food.
I look forward to meeting you all and hearing your ideas. Feel free to get in touch with me for whatever reason!