Martin Roberts is an experienced keynote speaker within
Mental Health and Wellbeing
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.
Watch ‘A walk in my shoes’ video
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. He recognises 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
What I Offer
A Walk in My Shoes – One Step at A Time
A survivor of Britain’s worst 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. We don’t always need nor should try to find the right words to say for the sake of filling 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’’.
Bespoke Talks / Presentations As Requested
In addition to the specific topics mentioned, Martin also has a wealth of knowledge on many others areas that support positive mental wellbeing which can be provided upon request and/or worked on with collaboration with the client.
Martin is a truly authentic and inspiring speaker who leaves a lasting impression on the people he meets. He delivered an engaging talk to our team on resilience and caring for yourself, sharing practical tips and guidance for team members and leaders. He took the time to understand the needs of our team and used his personal experience to shape a brilliant range of content. His natural and approachable style encouraged colleagues to reflect on their personal experiences and opened up a discussion on topics sometimes avoided. We could not recommend Martin more highly
Head of Project Delivery
This week Martin presented to my team around Mental Health and Well-being. It was inspiring to listen to his personal journey and he really challenged me to think about how I look after those in my team but just as importantly how I look after myself and my own mental wellness. I am incredibly grateful for Martin’s insight and guidance and cannot recommend him enough to anyone looking for support either for yourself or your team.
Terry Collins CeMAP
Senior Bank Manager at Lloyds Banking Group
Martin is an amazing gentleman and has spoken twice to Close Brothers on mental health and resilience. His speeches have moved people to tears but equally leaving with really practical ways of combatting the pressures of modern way life. People have said that it was the best external engagement we have had - I couldn’t recommend more highly
Group Chief Operating Officer at Close Brothers
In 2019/20 we ran a nationwide project with Martin bringing choirs to five of LBG's key sites around the country. From the outset Martin's passion and vision for the project was apparent, generating huge levels of interest and engagement from all sites. Tune In was groundbreaking for LBG, a project the likes of which they had not attempted before in scale and creative ambition, and thus presented various challenges; organisational, cultural and logistical. In spite of this, Martin was always a pleasure to work with, highly professional in dealing with challenges, always with a smile and a kind word on a personal level and continually ensuring that our experience as a wellbeing provider was smooth and friction free. Martin is an asset to LBG and the mental health of their employees.
George Bell FRSA
On:song founder, wellbeing culture
We have worked with Martin for a number of years, and what a powerhouse and inspiration he is! You cannot fail to be moved by his story, but he is more than that - his desire, drive and passion for helping others is where he makes such an impact. Whether you want to reach your employees with looking after their mental health, or some support and guidance with getting mental health embedded in your company, Martin is your man!
Jo & Dan