As Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct service for bereaved adults across the UK, Angela offered support to families and friends whose loved ones have taken their own life.
With over 50 free support groups throughout the UK, the Charity offers support to over 7,000 people each year. Angela led the Liverpool support group for 7 years and currently sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group tackling Suicide Prevention in England and Wales. She has worked with the charity for 11 years in a voluntary capacity.
Angela presented a BBC1 documentary, ‘Life After Suicide’, which encouraged discussion on mental health and helped tackle the stigma of suicide. It was watched by over 1.3 million viewers. She has given numerous interviews to the Liverpool Echo and spoken on local and national radio about the impact her late partner’s suicide had on her and her family. She actively supports and enables people, especially men, to speak up about their feelings and not suffer alone.
Angela has co-ordinated the John Moores Painting Prize, the UK’s most prestigious contemporary painting prize for the past five years, raising the profile of art and culture in Merseyside.
On top of winning Michael W Halsall’s Merseyside Woman of the Year 2015 Angela has recently become the recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship.
She has been awarded a fully funded travel scholarship that will take her to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo looking at Outsider Art Practice and mental health provision.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to offer a unique opportunity for dedicated individuals to travel overseas, returning with fresh ideas and new solutions to issues facing us on a daily basis. Their experiences will benefit their profession, their community and the UK as a whole.