Ged Roberts returns to Peter Edwards Law
Hi everyone I have now returned to Peter Edwards Law in a consultancy capacity after 4 years away. I will be available to take referrals for detained patients wanting Advice and Representation before the Mental Health Tribunal.
I have been involved in Mental Health Law work for approximately 25 years and as you are aware, prior to me leaving Peter Edwards Law I was the Head of the Mental Health Tribunal department before having to leave due to personal/health reasons.
I suffered with anxiety/depression for a number of years which I tried to manage without disclosing to anyone due to my concerns over the stigma which can still surround Mental Health. However, I reached a point where I could not go on and had no option but to take time out. With the help and support of various professionals, family and friends I eventually gained control to manage my mental health.
Throughout my own struggles, my passion and belief in helping those experiencing mental health difficulties has never wavered, it has if anything, only encouraged and empowered me to understand and therefore help others more. I missed representing clients and I have since enjoyed a number of roles as an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) and Mental Health Peer Support Advocate co-ordinator within the NHS/Private sector, local community and national mental health charities. This allowed me to do real organic advocacy representing and supporting patients in the community and on the wards when they needed it most, giving me a greater insight into the needs of patients. I also developed a training programme around Peer Advocacy Support which involved recruiting and training people with their own life experience of mental health difficulties to become peer advocates for patients whilst in hospital and in the community.
In addition to the above, I have been involved in delivering training on Mental Health Law and Advocacy to Doctors/Nurses/AMHAP’s etc.
Having recently been re-accredited to The Law Society Mental Health Accreditation Panel. I have returned to Peter Edwards Law, as a Mental Health Tribunal consultant. This is a new chapter for me which I am very much looking forward to. I am able to utilise all the knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my 25 years in the Mental Health Law arena and my personal experiences will ensure that only the very best advocacy is delivered to each and every one of my clients.
Look forward to seeing you.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.”