The aim of the Speakers Collective is twofold:

1. To create a community of support for those who work alone, sharing their lived experience within business, education and public sector settings. 

2. To ensure that those seeking speakers can be confident that our members will speak with integrity and professionalism, in line with the Speaker Collective Charter. 

  • Adhere to the guidance around language and imagery outlined in the mental health media charter in all presentations, literature and on their social media.

  • Make sure they comply with safeguarding protocol as defined by each site they visit

  • Provide links to good quality, evidence-based and unbiased sources of further support and advice after presentations

  • Take care to ensure any statistics of studies cited in their presentations or literature is as reliable and up-to-date as possible

  • Encourage participation from their audience within safe parameters

  • Attend a minimum of two CPD (Continuing Professional Development) sessions per year

  • Regularly update their presentations in keeping with mental health research

  • Be mindful of their social media output, taking into account vulnerable followers​

  • Be truthful and realistic about the scope of their knowledge and expertise​

  • Members of the speakers collective will not give specific advice to individuals, such as should be provided by a mental health professional

  • Be trained by one of the following organisations (time to change, mind, assist, Samaritans,  CALM, Beat or Mental Health First Aid England)

  • We won't glamorise or stigmatise mental illness​

  • We won't 'recommend' one form of therapy over another, or accept funding from a therapy-provider to 'up-sell' their services to audience members​

  • We won't humiliate or ridicule any member of the audience​

  • We won't give instructional details on eating disorders, self-harm or suicide, either in their presentations or on social media​

  • We won't force anyone to participate in a discussion

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