Gill Hayes: Speaker and writer in the field of mental health and suicide prevention
Biggest professional achievement to date?
This has to be my TEDx talk. Sharing the deeply personal, emotional story of my suicide attempt was not an easy task; receiving a standing ovation was a moment that will stay with me forever.
Most profound, life-changing moment?
Having a breakdown and attempting suicide by jumping off a bridge was clearly pretty profound and life changing. I know how incredibly lucky I am not only to have survived but to have recovered so well both mentally and physically.
Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?
There is no such thing as perfection. Recognise your strengths, yet accept your flaws; they are what make us human.
Which book has had the greatest influence on your life?
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown. Brown argues that vulnerability is actually a strength. By hiding our vulnerability we build a coat of armour that we think protects us. In fact, in doing so we distance ourselves from the things that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. To lead a fuller and more meaningful life, we have to face up to our vulnerabilities and let our authenticity shine.
That the darkest moments in our lives can be our greatest teacher.
“Carpe diem. Seize the day; make your lives extraordinary”
Video From The Celebration
100 Most Influential Women 2018
Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed. The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.
Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.
Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.
A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!