Martin Roberts is an experienced keynote speaker in mental health and wellbeing topics. Martin shares his own remarkable story which began April 15th 1989 at 15:06 as a survivor of the Hillsborough football disaster. That, plus other significant life experiences...Read More
Martin Roberts is an experienced keynote speaker in mental health and wellbeing topics. Martin shares his own remarkable story which began April 15th 1989 at 15:06 as a survivor of the Hillsborough football disaster. That, plus other significant life experiences changed his personal and professional life forever.
As a survivor of Britain’s worst sporting disaster in all times, Martin talks very openly about that fateful day and how unbeknown to him, it would be the catalyst of what would be another personal fight for survival some 28 years later.
Martin is an everyday man, living an everyday life, experiencing the normal knocks but found himself in 2017 on the brink of suicide following the death of his mother, his father’s cancer diagnosis, his wife developing a rare bone tumour and having to relive Hillsborough all over again through the ongoing legal proceedings. Martin got as far as planning how he would take his own life but thankfully said the most important words “I need help”. What happened from there not only saved his life but began to change his professional career into a completely new and exciting direction.
Martin shares his story in the hope others will see poor mental health can affect any of us at any time and how, with the right care and support, positive mental health can be achieved again. Just like COVID-19, poor mental health does not discriminate. Martin tells of his tough and challenging road to recovery including the time spent in a local Mental Health hospital and how he rebuilt his life.
Martin’s journey has driven him to significantly raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing at every opportunity. Through both his role as an award winning Mental Health Lead within Lloyds Banking Group and as founder of Keep in Mind Ltd, Martin shares talks on mental health and wellbeing subjects.
Martin outlines how wellbeing strategies can and should be shaped within organisations, recognising wellbeing as an important focus area for all and brings to life how environments can become psychologically safe so genuine, honest conversations can take place. Those conversations ultimately saved Martin’s life.
Remember nothing changes if nothing changes. Martin will really get you thinking about the mental health elephant in the room and what’s needed for the long journey ahead given the impact COVID-19 has had on all of our lives. Delivered by somebody who’s seen the bottom, knows how it feels and fought to bounce back.
Talks / Services Offered by Martin Roberts
A 2019 and 2020 award winner, I offer a range of different services virtually or in person. Individually researched & designed presentations, client bespoke requests, support with the designing and implementation of a mental health & wellbeing strategy that is both intuitive and collaborative. I also talk about my own personal story as a way to help and inspire others.
I am comfortable working with small groups to large corporates, HR professionals and executives at all levels
A Walk in My Shoes – One Step at A Time
A survivor of Britain’s worst football sporting disaster in all times, Hillsborough 1989, Martin talks very openly of that fateful day but how unbeknown to him was the catalyst of what would be another personal fight for survival some 28 years later.
Duration of presentation – approx. 1hour (includes short video)
A Wellbeing Check-In for A Virtual World
The pandemic has now created a new way of working and will unlikely lead to a complete return to the office for employees. Martin therefore explores what greater significance there is needed for employee’s wellbeing but specifically how can we spot the signs if someone is struggling with their mental, physical or emotional wellbeing.
Martin will talk through how to get beyond the word ‘’I’m Fine’’ or ‘’I’m Okay’’ leveraging on some of his own personal experiences and flipping on its head pre- pandemic approaches, how that we don’t always need nor should try to find the right words to say for the sake of filing gaps of silence as in some situations, silence is all that is needed, silence can be golden!
Duration of presentation – approx. 1 hour (includes 2 short videos)
A Return to A New Society
As lockdown restrictions have eased, we now hear and see words like ‘’return to a new normal’’ or ‘’return to new ways of working’’ or ‘’the marathon we have all been in is coming to an end’’. Martin’s presentation will throw a different perspective and the significance of some very fundamental first basic steps i.e. How do we reconnect with society first?
Martin explores on the realisation that not all employees will be travelling at the same speed; he will share and provide support tools & techniques that will help the transition for employees over what could be months & years but with a common goal that this is a step we can and will only take together.
Duration of presentation – approx. 1 hour
Mental Wellbeing Strategy Design
Martin shares his learnings from his hugely successful ‘’Positive Mental Health Roadmap’’ developed within his role at Lloyds Banking Group. This ranges from events, themes he has delivered and how through ‘’listening differently and acting differently ‘’ creates a movement that everyone wants to get behind.
Martin will help formulate / design a strategy that is built around its employees at all levels with delivery built upon a key principle - ’nothing changes, if nothing changes’’