My name is Sharon Bull and in September 2013, I set up in self-employment as an inspirational speaker, and lifestyle coach under the name ‘A Compassionate Voice’. Also an author and poet, my mission statement:

to creatively help & inspire others through my own experiences with mental health issues, recovery and well-being.

My inspirational story has caught the attention of the media. I have had features  in Woman’s Own, Psychologies, Daily Mirror, Stella Telegraph, Bella and the Daily Express. I am regularly asked to do interviews on radio stations, more recently BBC2’s Jeremy Vine Show.

In July 2017, I published my first book Stripped Bare, and made my debut TV appearance – interviewed by Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ITV’S This Morning.  I  have also spent a couple of days with a BBC production team as part of an Inside Out documentary. Aired on Monday 15th January 2018, it was raising awareness to debt and its link to mental health issues.

Sharon Bull delivered a series of inspirational inputs to colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police .

Sharon shared her personal story which encouraged other individuals to open up about their personal challenges. The input was interactive, well delivered and held the attendees attention throughout the session, especially the Stripped Bare poem.  This was enabled by her warm and friendly personality. Colleagues found the input very thought provoking.Sharon also volunteered to stay after her input and spoke to a number of attendees. We received lots of positive feedback from the attendees and we will consider further opportunities to engage with Sharon.

Jasvir Ginda

Policy and Wellbeing Partner, People Services, Nottinghamshire Police

As part of our PSHCE programme and commitment to talking about mental health, we were delighted to welcome Sharon Bull to Spalding High School.

Sharon is an engaging, warm speaker who thoroughly captivated her audience for every minute of her hour-long presentation to Year 8 pupils and staff on anxiety, mental health and social media. Sharon’s talk was positive and upbeat and pitched at exactly the right level for her audience. Sharon shared her personal experiences, which really brought the presentation to life and importantly finished with some excellent practical advice for the pupils. It was amazing and uplifting to hear a hall full of 150 Year 8 pupils and staff shouting out ‘Don’t let anyone say you can’t, because you can!’ We very much look forward to working with Sharon and with the Shaw Mind Foundation again in the future.

Tanya Waldron

Deputy Headteacher Spalding High School

Inspiring, emotive, emotional, heart warming and thought provoking.

Just some of the words used to describe Sharon’s recent presentation. She was engaging and at one with her audience as she shared her story with open honesty. Thank you, Sharon you did a great job.

Ruth Lloyd-Williams

Network, She Llandudno

Chesterfield College Staff the Power of You Workshop feedback.

Sharon provided a space to freely think and feel, and to self-evaluate my worries and concerns.
Josephine T

Well delivered. Self-reflection time supported & would recommend whole – heartedly. It would be good to see this sort of workshop in schools to support the younger generation and inspire them to take ownership of their own journey. Give them confidence to be themselves.
Jan B

A great way to feel inspired and start a journey of ‘self-worth.’
Millie W

A great thought-provoking workshop that makes you realise your own worth and belief in yourself – even in difficult times. Sharon is absolutely lovely and a great speaker and presenter.
Sarah V

The Power of YOU is super insightful and helps you to figure out yourself in your current circumstances. If you feel lost or struggling, please give this a go!
Zulaikha S

The Workshop was very thought provoking. It really gets you to look into yourself. Makes you consider your wellbeing and what positive things surround you.
Tiffany J

The Workshop allowed me to think about things I wouldn’t usually, as well as then allowing them to be explored in different ways. It has opened my mind to approaching things in a different way.
Dan S


Sharon Bull lived 30 years in silence with her mental health issues. She felt isolated and scared. Sharon feared others would treat her differently if they knew about her mental health issues. 

Read Sharon's heartfelt story and how she transformed her life in a way which will inspire others.

Through Sharon’s warm and engaging delivery, students listened attentively.

Sharon’s poem particularly resonated with the Year group with over 90% of the students, openly expressing similar sentiments felt over time. What followed was a very honest and yet subtle message about life not all being as it seems and how perceptions play such a huge downfall in our society. Through Sharon’s warm and engaging delivery, students listened attentively. They left the session feeling empowered to make positive choices about how they take care of their mental health and how important it is to give someone their hand in times of difficulty.

Suman Sharma

Head of Year 11 – Belper High School

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