Speaker on mental health, neurodiversity and conflict resolution
Arabella has been advocating and campaigning for increased awareness of mental health since her first diagnosed experience of mental ill-health, while at university
While at university, Arabella founded and ran a professional theatre company (Envision Theatre, 1998-2005) that worked alongside other individuals with lived experience of mental ill-health. Collectively, they created and performed powerful theatre pieces to educate and inform public sector employees, amongst others, about how mental ill-health interacts with public services.
Following her diagnosis as autistic in her later thirties, Arabella began adding her reflections on neurodiversity as she learnt more about the gifts and challenges of her own unique and wonderful wiring.
She now also advocates for a far greater awareness of the power of mediation to resolve complex disputes and disagreements in workplaces and in the public services sector, especially where mental health may be a component factor.
Arabella has been featured as a speaker, interviewee, story-teller and contributor to national campaigns on mental health, neurodiversity and conflict resolution, and is known for her openness and eloquence in speaking of her own experiences in an engaging and emotive way.
Listen to, and read, some of Arabella’s interviews on mental health, neurodiversity and conflict resolution here:
Thank you to Channel 5 News, Sophie Christiansen, Simon Vigar and Scope for inviting me to contribute to this important, informative and moving piece on access to disability benefits. There is a great deal to be done on reforming Personal Independence Payments and Universal Credit so that they meet the needs of disabled people, and pieces like this make the case powerfully. #PIP #disability #disabilitybenefits: